Christmas Greetings

22nd December 2016
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Dear Academy Sponsors,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support for the Academy and the development of its youth players. The Commercial side of the Academy continues to grow and with sponsorship packages and events throughout the season we can be very pleased with the financial support we get from all of you. As Team Sponsors, Partners, Ramsey & Robson Members you will all have enjoyed Hospitality at Portman Rd with seats in the Sir Bobby Robson Suite and the Directors Box and I look forward to catching up with you all at a game soon.

Our Academy Events has also helped us raise additional funds during the last 12 months so I would like to thank everyone who Sponsored and has attended The Academy Darts Night with Keith Deller & Kevin Painter & The Academy Showcase Game against Spurs at Portman Rd.

Thanks also need to go to the Official ITFC Supporters Club, every year they put their heart and soul into organising various supporters events to raise funds for the Academy, the events are very well supported by current and Ex Players and the fans enjoy hearing the brilliant stories on the night.

I would also like to express my thanks to all of the committed TEAMITFC Cyclists who rode from Ipswich to Amsterdam and back in June. There were 40 cyclists in the team this year and they also took part in a celebratory football match at AZ Alkmaar to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Ipswich Town winning the UEFA Cup in 1981. The cyclists were managed by ITFC Legend Terry Butcher and had Arnold Muhren & Frans Thijssen in our dug out! Definitely a trip to remember!

The TEAMITFC cycle ride’s have continued to gather pace and as a group we have raised over £250,000 for the Friends of Ipswich Town and Prostate Cancer UK. We are going again in May 2017 and will be touring Suffolk this time and completing 150 miles over two days, please see the events page on the website for more details. We already have over 60 places booked out of our total of 100!

I have more fundraising events planned for 2017 including the Darts Night, Cycle Rides, Showcase Game, Legends Game, Fundraising Book, Golf Day & Portman Cup…… all will be revealed and information will be sent out in early January.

Please accept our best wishes for a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to meeting up in 2017.

Simon, Oana & The Academy