Midfielder takes first steps for coaching career
Blues midfielder Cole Skuse has become a member of the coaching team at St Joseph's College as part of a joint initiative between Town and St Jo's.
Skusey will be working at the independent Ipswich school in the afternoons as part of games sessions as well as afterschool practices and matches.
The initiative between Town and St Jo's will focus on Dual Career and career development opportunities for the Club's professional players.
Mr Ralph Pruden, who joined the College from the Club - where he had been Women’s First Team Manager and Head of Education for four years, has been appointed interim Head of Football.
Mr Anthony O’Riordan, Director of Business Development & Director of Sport at St Joseph’s College, said: "For some time, we have been building familiarity with the concept of dual career among our students, staff and stakeholders.
"The term describes the College’s ambition and ability to channel elite student athletes in such a way that they are able to blend and manage a first-class education with outstanding training and playing opportunities.
"By adding Cole's experience to the Sport faculty we underpin the multiple opportunities that young people have within professional sport whilst refocusing the importance of academic, vocational and life experiences."
Mr Pruden added: “I am delighted to have Cole joining us as we look to build on our existing football provision and really push the programme forward.
"He is a very well-respected figure at Ipswich Town and this is further evidence of our close working relationship with the club. Cole will bring a wealth of experience from the professional game and will be able to share unique insights on what it takes to achieve at an elite level both on and off the pitch.
"As a current player who has already shown a great passion for this role I am sure he will act as an inspiration to our students.”
Skusey said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the footballing talent at St Jo’s, offering the students my experiences as a current professional player to help them develop and nurture their footballing skills, ambition and talent.
"I hope to make a valuable contribution to the exciting football provision in place and forthcoming at the College. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working alongside Ralph and Ant.”
Second photo: St Joseph's College