Exciting opportunities for aspiring female footballers
The Club are encouraging young girls to express their interest in becoming a future Tractor Girl with the Blues' WSL academy, St Joseph's College and the Ipswich Town Community Trust coming together in a joint effort to provide football and education for aspiring young players.
Town's WSL academy launched in 2017 under the stewardship of current Tractor Girls boss Joe Sheehan and has been a resounding success since it's inauguration with the likes of Anna Grey, Eloise King, Abbie Lafayette and Paige Peake all progressing through the Blues' ranks and also representing their country.
Many other young Tractor Girls have since graduated through the Academy including current first-team interim captain Eva Hubbard, who became the first player to make the permanent transition into senior football in the summer of 2019.
The young Tractor Girls have enjoyed great success on the pitch by securing back-to-back top-half finishes in the WSL Academy League in addition to reaching the WSL Academy Cup semi-finals in 2019 and 2020.
As part of the Town academy, players will get the opportunity to play in the WSL Academy League - the highest level of female academy football in the country. Players will also receive 10-12 hours a week of elite technical and tactical training, strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy, professional sports psychology support and performance analysis as well as support with lifestyle and nutrition.
A key part of the dual-career opportunities that Town's academy offers are scholarships with the Club's official education partner St Joseph's College.
The partnership was formed in 2019 and several young Tractor Girls have since committed their educational future to St Jo's as part of the WSL academy dual-career programme.
Students will have the opportunity to study for A-Levels or BTEC qualifications whilst also receiving additional individualised coaching and strength and conditioning sessions in the College's first-class facilities. Boarding facilities or accommodation with host families is also available if needed.
St Jo's has an established reputation for providing outstanding educational and sporting provision in a beautiful, welcoming environment.
They have a proven track record of supporting aspiring elite athletes to achieve their very best both academically and within their sport with numerous students progressing into the professional game.
The Elite Girls Football Programme at St Jo's is also available to those who don't make it into the WSL Academy by applying directly through the school. They can still access elite level provision and have the opportunity to play and train with Academy players on a daily basis with support to progress to the best level possible.
The Ipswich Town Community Trust are also recruiting new players from age 16-19 as part of their Post-16 Football and Eduction Programme.
Football and Education Coordinator Luke Worley said: "This unique and high quality experience will combine focused, small-group educational sessions with our designated education tutor alongside the opportunity to train with qualified coaches and represent Ipswich Town Football Club in our football fixture programme.
"Unlike other schemes where players are tied to that particular club, our Football & Education programme looks to complement existing football provision and allow players to create their own pathway to the women's senior team.
"The Ipswich Town Football & Education Students will study the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport & Physical Activity and follow a carefully planned pathway of modules to provide them with a broad range of knowledge and experience whilst remaining linked to potential career pathways. These may include, but are not limited to, sports coaching, sports nutrition, sports science, fitness instructor, performance analyst, as well as sport-related careers in the media, promotion, PR and management."
The ITFC Community Trust are hosting a virtual open evening on Monday, 27 January between 7-8pm. To book your place please visit www.itfctrust.co.uk