First friendly in the books as Town host Maldon Saints
Ipswich Town Community Trust now has a disability football team.
The team was able to form following increased popularity in the disability football sessions which have been running on the field turf at Portman Road on Thursday evenings since December.
Attendances at sessions then increased when Covid-19 government restrictions on organised team sport were eased on 31 March.
Since then, almost 20 players have been coming to the training on a Thursday night, and all of them are eligible to represent ITFC Disability Football.
The desire is for the team to emulate the success of the previous disability side at the Club, when there was an opportunity for the team to compete against other trust teams in a competitive format.
The team had its first friendly against Maldon Saints at the beginning of May on the fieldturf at Portman Road. The game lasted an hour long and was split into three 20-minute thirds. Now the Trust is hoping to enter the team into a league so the players can get more games under their belt.
Players are encouraged to be friendly and supportive, while also having an awareness of all ability. There is a particular focus on players enjoying the football they are accessing - from training through to matches.
"It's been a pleasure to be a part of this," Lee Smith, Club disability liaison officer and ITFC Disability Football team manager, said.
"I have been impressed with everyone's attitude and we are proud of their progress and achievements so far."
Should you or someone you know be interested in attending disability football sessions at Portman Road, please contact Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.