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18 March 2019

Town striker welcomes The Salvation Army to Portman Road

Will Keane was at Portman Road last week to meet members of The Salvation Army Lyndon House Lifehouse football team for the EFL Day of Action.

The EFL Day of Action sees all 72 EFL Clubs come together to highlight the work undertaken to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.

And as part of Town’s commitment, Will spoke to players from Lyndon House on Fore Street, Ipswich, which offers accommodation and specialist support for men experiencing homelessness.

The team, which is made up of men who have experienced homelessness at some point in their life, usually play at Goals Soccer Centre, but were invited to Portman Road for a training session and a chat with the Blues striker.

Stephen Gray (pictured bottom right), a specialist support worker at Lyndon House, started the football training to build a sense of community while also promoting a positive and healthy lifestyle.

“Football can provide a good release for the guys and the struggles they’re going through,” he told the Club website.

“A day like this is brilliant for them. They were all very excited and seeing a professional footballer gives them a bit of inspiration as well as a few tips to use on the pitch.”

Will also spoke to the Club website and said: “It was great to meet the lads and hear their stories.

“Football can unite people and I hope that this experience was beneficial to them because they deserve it.

“It was fantastic to meet the staff as well. They should be very proud of all the work they do.”

The Salvation Army is a church and charity dedicated to caring for people who are vulnerable or in need. Through the Lifehouse and churches on Bramford Road, Woodbridge Road and Queensway, they offer compassionate support, practical help and a warm welcome to all.

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