Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Simon Milton launches Futurestars UK at Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 13:41 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 31 January 2018

Futurestars UK director Simon Milton (left) and OMA group's Gary Miller (middle) at the Futurestars UK launch. Picture: FUTURESTARS UK

Futurestars UK director Simon Milton (left) and OMA group's Gary Miller (middle) at the Futurestars UK launch. Picture: FUTURESTARS UK

Archant

Former Ipswich Town star Simon Milton has launched an international sports and education programme in Ipswich which involves professional footballers coaching up-and-coming players in Ghana and Togo.

Terry Butcher speaking at the Futurestars UK launched, detailing his experience of visiting the project in Ghana. Picture: FUTURESTARS UK Terry Butcher speaking at the Futurestars UK launched, detailing his experience of visiting the project in Ghana. Picture: FUTURESTARS UK

The former midfielder left the club last year to join Futurestars UK as director, which features two coaches employed to carry out PE lessons in schools in Ghana and Togo in the morning, before working with the best young footballers in the afternoons on their coaching.

Last week, it was officially launched at Portman Road to 130 guests, and featured a showcase of what work was already going on and plans for the future.

Simon Milton, director of Futurestars UK, said: “I am delighted to be working full time on this project, in the last three years we have grown the number of children within the project to 2,500.

“The education and sports programs delivered by our coaches are enhancing the lives of the children in the five schools.

Simon Milton at Ipswich Town Football ground Picture: SEANA HUGHES Simon Milton at Ipswich Town Football ground Picture: SEANA HUGHES

“The financial support we get from the OMA Group and Yinson Production WA is fantastic to see and we are now looking for more companies from the oil and shipping industry in West Africa to come on board.”

Among some of the famous faces at the launch were Terry Butcher, who travelled to Ghana for the first time last year and spoke about his experiences, as well as lead coach and ambassador Titus Bramble.

The scheme currently has five schools on board across the two nations, with all five reporting that truancy is down and attendance is up since joining.

Futurestars UK has now applied for charitable status in the UK, which if approved will enable more funds to be raised and more organisations to come on board.

As part of the launch a preview of the new website was shown, and included an upbeat video overview of the work in Ghana and Togo put together by Suffolk university student Will Allen.

The scheme has been bankrolled by two firms – OMA Group and Yinson, oil and marine shipping companies – which have both voiced their commitment to the longevity and sustainability of the work of Futurestars.

New partners Fendercare Marine were also announced at the launch.

Visit the website here to find out more.

A Felixstowe man brandished a pruning saw during a late night fight with neighbours at a block of flats in the town, a court has heard.

Forecasters are predicting a cold start to the beginning of March as temperatures struggle to rise above freezing.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

An Ipswich care provider which helps support people with complex needs in their homes has been given an ‘inadequate’ rating by a health watchdog after a catalogue of issues were found.

A much-loved free music event is returning to a Suffolk resort this summer after a two-year absence – and organisers hope it will raise a big sum for charity.

Traffic heading in and out of Ipswich along Wherstead Road has been plunged into chaos as Anglian Water engineers moved in to replace the cover of an underground tap.

Pin Mill is a popular destination for sailors, walkers, artists, photographers and those visiting the centuries old Butt and Oyster public house.

Top development projects in Suffolk and Essex are set to go head-to-head at an annual regional awards ceremony, which will be held in Bury St Edmunds.

Police have launched a search for a 13-year-old girl from Bradford who went missing while visiting family in peterborough.

This year’s High Sheriff Awards have been presented to a selection of Suffolk’s most devoted charitable individuals and organisations.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24