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Lego statues fit to grace Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 12:13 20 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

YOUNG Ipswich Town fans are building for the future - just like their favourite football club!

As the new-look Portman Road takes shape, pupils from primary schools across Suffolk are taking part in a competition to design a statue for the ground.

YOUNG Ipswich Town fans are building for the future – just like their favourite football club!

As the new-look Portman Road takes shape, pupils from primary schools across Suffolk are taking part in a competition to design a statue for the ground.

Youngsters from 22 different schools have taken up the challenge to build 3D models, using Lego and other kits – all as part of National Construction Week.

The winning designs will then be built as statues, either outside the newly-opened "IT Learning Zone" or outside the new North Stand, by construction students.

Pupils at Creeting St Mary Primary School are among those who have been getting involved – and it's plain to see they've loved every minute.

"Children aged seven, eight and nine took part in building the models," said teacher Elizabeth Christian.

"We asked them to think of dreams to do with football, so a lot of them built cups and trophies, but we also had models of good football players and even Bluey the horse!"

Mrs Christian said the school was allowed to enter six models, so it would be a difficult job to decide which mini-masterpieces could go forward to the judging stage.

"We told them the models had to be suitable to be built in real bricks, and had to look good from every angle."

The models will go on display at the football club next week and winning designs will be chosen on Tuesday.

Officials from Ipswich Town and the Construction Industry Training Board will judge the entries, looking for originality, creativity and suitable themes.

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