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Town to Launch New Community Trust
Thursday, 18th Apr 2019 16:06

The Blues have announced that they are close to launching a new Ipswich Town Community Trust.

The club severed links with the Ipswich Town Charitable Trust in November 2013 with that organisation continuing to exist under the name Inspire Suffolk with former Blues director of communications Terry Baxter its chief executive.

Town’s new venture, which won’t be linked to the previous trust, is close to being given the go-ahead. The Blues are currently the only club of the 92 in the Premier League and EFL not to have its own community trust.

“It is our intention to launch the Ipswich Town Community Trust and hopefully very soon,” general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill said.

“It’s a big part of the club going forward, to be in and around the community and doing more than we have done is huge.

“Me personally, having been in and around the education side of things [O'Neill worked as a teacher], I’ve seen how that has an impact on people’s lives.

“Looking at initiatives, whether that’s community engagement, education, health, all of those initiatives, the football club has a massive part to help deliver those for the local area.

“It’s our intention to work with the EFL, we’ve been in consultation with them about reigniting the Ipswich Town Community Trust and we hope to have some information very shortly on the official launch for that.

“But everything’s in place, we’ve been speaking to some key people, for example ex-captains of the club, Matt Holland, Carlos Edwards and Terry Butcher, as well as current captain Luke Chambers.

‘We’ve been speaking to a number of people who have all shown a real keen interest to help drive that community feel and, I won’t say bring the club back to the community, we were already there doing stuff, it’s just being more focused and having more emphasis around the local people in the local area.”

Norwich City have increased their involvement in schools in Suffolk over the last year or so, something which has been noted by Town supporters.

“It’s always something I’m trying to counteract!” O’Neill said when asked whether that's something Town will be looking to fight back against. “On a serious note, it is really important that we are a focal point in the local area and in schools.

“I’m not going to comment about Norwich or any other club, it’s about what we do and we haven’t done enough in that area, so that’s where need to be a focal point and make sure we get back into helping the schools to deliver these initiatives, whether that’s health, sport, education, and people see the badge in the school and want to be part of that and that will help both the supporters, the club and the environment of the local area.”

He added: “It will run along a dual pathway with the club. The club will have a major part in that process and steer it to get the football initiatives but not just football, sport in general and all the other things that we’re trying to do with it.”

He says existing programmes the club currently runs will come under the new Community Trust’s umbrella: “The elite, the PDP, we’ll look at the structure of how we do our recruitment process.

"They’ll all be looking to those areas to help emphasise what we’re trying to do going forward.”

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flimflam added 16:13 - Apr 18
About bloody time, sick of sending my lad off in a yellow and green kit to an academy run in Ipswich ffs!!!!

BaddowBlue1 added 17:05 - Apr 18
Little by little our club is coming back together to the way it once was. This may take 3-5 years but the foundations are being relaid

norfsufblue added 17:25 - Apr 18
norfsufblue added 17:24 - Apr 18
Sounds good but once again Town ...please dont forget Lowestoft.. we are a SUFFOLK town after all ... show me someone with bluer blood than Terry Butcher.. our most famous footballing son!


RegencyBlue added 20:06 - Apr 18
“The Blues are currently the only club of the 92 in the Premier League and EFL not to have its own community trust”.

What a damning indictment of the Evans regime.

TractorRoyNo1 added 21:57 - Apr 18
what the Budgies are doing is immoral, first the scouts in Suffolk get £30 per referral, then the parents are sucked into paying £300-400 for the privilege of joining Nodge but the kids only go to Stradbroke or Kesgrave. I know one mid-Suffolk kids team where the best lad signed for Town and ALL the rest signed for Nobitch.

muccletonjoe added 06:59 - Apr 19
Its a long, long road we travel now.

3_5_2 added 09:26 - Apr 19
The impact on the club and community by removing this in the first place was huge I never understood it, if done correctly it would cover any costs, provide a comprehensive scouting base and put ITFC into school, football clubs etc

I worked as a coach there for a few years and to this day don't understand why it was stopped

At least it appears that ME is listening to football people at last It will take time to repair the damage but it can be done

ghostofescobar added 10:55 - Apr 19
God, the only club out of the 92 not to have a community trust. Didn’t know that and it’s appalling we’ve taken this long to get one. I’m not a huge knocker of Evans, but to allow that to happen for so long is appalling and another sign of Evans neglect whilst at the helm. Too many parts of this club have been allowed to run into the ground, but there are shoots of recovery.

runningout added 10:58 - Apr 19
is this the amazing news we have been waiting for.. if so I am stumped, as this trust shouldn’t have been rid of in first place

BaaBaaBlue added 11:17 - Apr 19
Norwich City have increased their involvement in schools in Suffolk over the last year or so..

This does my head in.. Norwich sniffing around our potential talent, being now Premier League, which could make them a more glamorous option.. I once witnessed their presence in Bury Saint Edmunds, I was gobsmacked that this could even happen.. why ITFC don't still have a club shop in Bury, along with some kind of footballing presence in the town is utter madness..

RegencyBlue added 14:23 - Apr 19
TractorRoyNo1 and rabbit.

Why the down arrows? You think this situation reflects well on the Evans regime?

The mans penny pinching has damaged this club on and off the pitch although it finally seems someone at the club is telling him how it is. Lambert I imagine!

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