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KANE ON COMMUNITY AWARD

23 June 2021

"It’s great to be able to give back. It puts a smile on their face and puts a smile on my face as well"

Kane Vincent-Young has stressed the importance of his relationship with Town supporters after being named as the Club’s PFA Community Champion for the 2020/21 season.

The award is given to the player who has made the most significant contribution in the community throughout the campaign.

Kane, who has also agreed to become the Club’s Junior Blues ambassador for the upcoming campaign, gave up his time on a weekly basis to give back to the local area.

"To be chosen for this award is really nice," the full-back told iFollow Ipswich.

"It’s important to have that relationship with the supporters so to be a part of that is great. We’ve seen during the pandemic that football is nothing without the fans. The stronger the relationship with the fans, the more it helps everybody.

"It’s a relatively small town compared to what I’m used to so you see it when you’re out; you see the flags everywhere, signs everywhere, people recognising you and giving you a smile on the street. It is very much a community club."

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In March 2020, the Club launched the Keep the Town Talking campaign which saw players and staff contact elderly season ticket holders, many of whom had been avoiding social contact and self-isolating amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Kane volunteered for the initiative, building unique relationships with some over-70s season ticket holders.

The 25-year-old, who remains in regular contact with at least two of those fans now, spoke about how getting involved also helped himself amidst his struggles with injury.

"I thought it was a great initiative," he continued.

"Living by yourself, you can see in a pandemic how easy it is to become lonely or isolated. 10 minutes out of your day is nothing to cheer somebody up. I didn’t really think too much of it but it went from there. You have a conversation then you want to check up on them and it ends up being really nice.

"I only really speak to people who are my age or a few years older, not that kind of demographic. To speak to them was really nice, they had a lot of nice things to say about the club and their memories growing up.

"You want to make sure that they are alright because it’s testing times for everybody and before you know it, a year later you’re still talking! It did fly by but it’s been absolutely lovely.

"It’s great to be able to give back. It puts a smile on their face and puts a smile on my face as well. It was something that I was really proud to do. It did cheer me up. We had quite a lot of laughs."

Watch the full interview with Kane below.


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