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COMMUNITY DAY | BRADLEY TAYLOR-BUGLIONE INTERVIEW

9 March 2022

"As a player I want to inspire other CP players but I also want to reach the top level"

As part of the Club's annual Community Day, which this year takes place on Saturday, 12 March for the visit of Portsmouth, the Club's media team spoke to Bradley Taylor-Buglione.

Bradley, who was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy (CP) in 2016, plays in the Post-16 Football & Education of the Ipswich Town Community Trust, which offers both male and female student athletes (aged 16-19) the opportunity to follow their passion of football whilst also studying the equivalent of three A-Levels at Portman Road daily.

"I was playing football and started to feel aches and pains in my body," Bradley said.

"I had no idea what it was but I got it checked out and was told I had Cerebral palsy. I'm progressing with that and using it to help with my football.

"As well as playing for the Post-16 group, I also play for the England CP team. I started the pathway for that in 2017 and went from the talent hub and I am now in the National Emerging Talent Programme as well as the Performance Foundation.

"The Performance Foundation works with all U21 players to achieve a really high level of CP football. It's set up with the intention of helping footballers progress and potentially become international players.

"With the Post-16 football, it can make me feel restricted in terms of what I can do, but I don't let it stop me from pushing myself as a player and as a person. Being part of the group helps me build mentally and physically.

"As a player I want to inspire other CP players but I also want to reach the top level. One day I would love to go to the Paralympics with Team GB - that's my main goal.

"The programme has given me a really good opportunity to play football and it has been an amazing experience for me."

Luke Worley, Post-16 football & education programme lead, added: "Bradley has been an exemplary student both in the classroom and on the football pitch.

"He has really pushed himself to achieve a good level of qualification, achieving the equivalent of three A-Levels. 

"Bradley has not let his CP impact his involvement over the past two years with his desire to play as competitively as possible. He has captained one of the teams on multiple occasions this season, and scored a fantastic goal against Colchester United.

"It's been a privilege to have Bradley in the programme and get to know him."

Established in September 2020 with 21 students and going into the third academic year in September 2022, the Community Trust offers an opportunity for more than 80 young people from across the county to represent the Football Club alongside gaining their further education. Students can study either NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business. 

If anyone is interested in the programme or would like to find out more, please contact Luke on Luke.worley@itfc.co.uk.

And for more information on the Club's Community Day this weekend, click here.

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