Community Open Access Football Activities

Skills Centres

Skills Centres directly which link in to and feeds the Elite Player Development Centre offers players and goalkeepers the chance to receive quality technical coaching sessions at venues situated in key areas across Suffolk. This year we have venues in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Walsham, Sible Hedingham and East Bergholt.

Ipswich Town Skills Centres are weekly coaching sessions for children aged 6 to 13, who love to play football regularly. Children may play for a club or at school or may have never played before.

Sessions cover specific techniques or skills and also allow the opportunity to practice in small-sided matches. Our trained coaches have the experience and understanding to cater for the needs of the group and ensure that children are happy and developing their skills.

The programme is delivered for 24 sessions between September & May for 1 hour.

Many players have gone on to be invited in to our Elite Player Development Centre, having improved on the course and shown the potential to achieve more.

Blueys Ballers

An introduction to football for 4 to 6 year olds that provides a mix of coaching, skill tests and mini matches on a weekly basis during term time.

The course aims to develop a child’s footballing ability, balance, coordination and social skills while getting their first taste of structured football.

Our centres provide fantastic, welcoming environments to excite and encourage children, as they take their first step on the football pathway.

Ipswich Town coaches have a minimum of FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football and are experienced in working with children of all ages and abilities.

Blueys Ballers which directly links in to and feeds the Skills Centre and Elite Player Development Centre programmes offers children the chance to receive quality technical coaching sessions at venues situated in key areas across Suffolk.

Girls Elite Player Development Centre (EPDC)

The Girls EPDC is an invitation only programme where players who have been identified as being talented and gifted footballers are invited to train on a weekly basis with Ipswich Town Football Club. Players within the Girls EPDC Programme aged from U9 to U16 have the chance to receive quality technical coaching sessions at our central Elite Player Development Centre hosted at Needham Market FC. The Girls EPDC has limited places with small squads at each age group of between 14-16 players only.

We aim to Provide a clear pathway for the progression of players who are exceeding the expected standard of an EPDC player. The EPDC directly feeds into the next levels of the Player Development Pathway via the Ipswich Town Football Club Advanced Coaching Centre.

The programme is overseen by Harry Watts, for more information or trial enquiries please contact:

Soccer Schools

Ipswich Town Community Trust provides hundreds of children with a top flight, footballing experience in the school holidays every year.

We have Soccer Schools running at venues across Suffolk and whether participants are new to football, or are already a budding future Blue, the Soccer Schools programme has been put together to provide a fun, holiday activity at an affordable price.

  • Games, competitions and Ipswich Town themed fun.

  • Outdoor & indoor spaces for all weather conditions.

  • Coaching from minimum Level 2 FA qualified coaches.

  • Opportunities to be selected for ITFC player development programmes.

  • Certificates and course gifts.

  • Mascot appearances.

  • First Team player appearances.

For further details contact Harry Watts via