Community spirit for young footballers

MORE than 150 young footballers have taken part in their first league match as part of a community project set up by Ipswich Town.The mini league was set up by the club's community team to encourage youngsters to play the game in a safe and fun environment.

MORE than 150 young footballers have taken part in their first league match as part of a community project set up by Ipswich Town.

The mini league was set up by the club's community team to encourage youngsters to play the game in a safe and fun environment.

Youngsters can join one of two age groups, either under eight or under nines, and will play against each other in a series of league matches held throughout the county.

The first match was held at Suffolk police's headquarters in Martlesham at the weekend and included teams from Kesgrave, Claydon and Holbrook.


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Steve Cooper, Ipswich Town football development co-ordinator, said: "It's been absolutely fantastic. They all look really smart in their new McDonalds sponsored kits.

"This gives the children an opportunity to play football in a safe and fun environment. A lot of the children playing these games are the sort of children who don't get the chance to play in a team at the weekends."

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The youngsters take part in a one-hour training session each week at Ipswich School's sports field in Henley Road, Ipswich.

Mr Cooper explained the sessions are run by parents who volunteer themselves for coaching courses.

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