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23rd February 2019

ITFC Trust outgrows it’s roots


ITFC Charitable Trust has announced a new name and new venue to coincide with breaking away from its original ITFC roots.

With ITFC announcing an emphasis on academy coaching, the charity, former ITFC Charitable Trust – now Inspire Suffolk decided the time was right to make the separation. The charity who uses a variety of sports to inspire, educate and motivate the young people in Suffolk are delighted to announce they have moved as of this week to the previous Ipswich Academy site in Lindbergh Road in Ipswich.

It gives the charity much more scope to expand as the facilities are much more in keeping with the multisport platform they now offer. The new Inspire Suffolk site already has eight badminton/basketball courts, a gymnasium, four tennis courts and four grass football pitches. With these far greater facilities the charity will be able to offer even more help to the young people in Suffolk who are in need of some direction in their lives. Inspire Suffolk will continue to provide football courses both at their new base in Ipswich and across Suffolk as before with the same high level of professional coaching for all sports.

The facilities at their new site just off the A14 at the Nacton interchange also provide larger classrooms with offices, meeting rooms and a function room plus a bigger car park too. Terry Baxter CEO for Inspire Suffolk said of the move “This has come at a good time for us as a charity as we needed to expand and it allows us now to build on the work we do in the community and allows us the flexibility to reach out and co-ordinate with more sporting groups and organisations, strengthening our position as providers of support for those young people in Suffolk who need help.
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ITFC are offering an invitation-only Advanced Coaching Programme which will see young players take part in an extensive coaching programme designed by Town’s Academy staff.
All players will be closely monitored by Academy coaches, with any who show potential invited to attend the Academy Development Centres.

The Advanced Coaching Programme replaces the Player Development Centres run by the ITFC Charitable Trust and comes at a time when the Football Club and the ITFC Charitable Trust have decided to go their separate ways.

The ITFC Charitable Trust will now be rebranded as Inspire Suffolk – Education and Sports Charity – and will be concentrating on multi-sports. Inspire Suffolk will be based at the former Holywells School site, Ipswich.

“We have enjoyed a positive working relationship with the Club during 10 years as a charity and many more of course as the community department of the Club but with ITFC focusing on the Academy development of young people in Suffolk, the time is right to see the two organisations split and we wish the Club well,” said Inspire Suffolk chief executive, Terry Baxter.

“We are continuing our commitment to help inspire, motivate and educate young people using many sports including football at our new facility and at centres across the county.”
Town joint managing director, Ian Milne, said: “With our commitment to producing homegrown talent through our Academy, we want to take a leading role in the area at grassroots level and that’s why we are introducing the Advanced Coaching Programme.

“With that in mind and the Trust’s decision to move into multi-sports, it’s a natural progression to go our separate ways.

“On behalf of the Football Club I’d like to thank Terry and his team for their work over many years and wish them every success at Inspire Suffolk.

“As well as working on youth development from grassroots up, the Club will of course continue to actively support local charities.

“Our players took part in more than 430 hours of charity and community events last season and we’re hoping to beat that this year.”

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