'Neighbours' Willis Towers Watson to sponsor Junior Blues, with Academy scholars to benefit
Willis Towers Watson have linked up with Town to become sponsors of the Club’s Junior Blues.
The global insurance broker, the third largest in the world, have an office overlooking Portman Road and employ 1400 local people, many of whom are Town fans.
Junior Blues is the scheme for young supporters under the age of 16 and is growing, with approaching 2000 members this season and is part of the Club’s initiative to see more youngsters at Portman Road.
The deal will see Willis Towers Watson work in partnership with the Club to support the Junior Blues and will also see Town’s Academy scholars undertake work experience at the company as part of their scholarship.
Town boss Paul Lambert and general manager of football operations, Lee O’Neill, were joined by Luke Chambers and James Norwood at the launch of the sponsorship held on the roof at the iconic black glass WTW building in the heart of the town.
“As a Club we are continually looking to build up relationships with local businesses to benefit the community and we are delighted to now be working with Willis Towers Watson as the sponsors of the Club’s Junior Blues,” Lee told the Club website.
“We have made great progress with a number of initiatives over the last year or two to get more youngsters involved in the Club and this new partnership can only help that.
“As part of the relationship, our Academy scholars will undertake work experience placements at Willis Towers Watson which will help them with their life skills and overall development as young adults.”
Richard Beecroft, Global Director, Integrated Infrastructure Services at Willis Towers Watson and a lifelong Town fan added: “When we met with Ipswich Town it was clear that we shared the same vision to engage with the local community.
“We see this new partnership as benefiting WTW, ITFC and the wider community. As well as the obvious benefits to the Junior Blues themselves, for us this is a great opportunity to reach out to a wider audience, especially younger people, to tell them about the opportunities they can have working here, through work experience and the apprenticeship programme.
“When the Football Club is successful, the town of Ipswich benefits massively and all the businesses within the town experience an uplift in different ways. We have hundreds of very loyal and dedicated Town fans in our workforce so when ITFC is doing well, we really do feel that benefit in our office!”