Supporters’ Trust statement on ITFC Charitable Trust

Ipswich Town’s Independent Supporters’ Trust was saddened and concerned to learn that the ITFC Charitable Trust has left its premises at Portman Road and no longer has a connection with the football club, having been renamed Inspire Suffolk.

The Charitable Trust plays a valued role in the local community, raising money for projects and encouraging participation in sport, winning several awards. Its association with Ipswich Town and its location at Portman Road were highly valued aspects of the Charitable Trust’s work and the severing of this connection will come as a blow to its future plans and activities.

The Supporters’ Trust is concerned that the Football Club appears to be distancing itself from community activities and from the use of the Portman Road facilities for encouraging active participation in sport.

Alasdair Ross, chair of the Ipswich Town Independent Supporters’ Trust, said “Ipswich Town has a proud history of association with its local community, and the Ipswich Town Charitable Trust had been doing great things to keep this going over recent years. We’re disappointed that the connection between the football club and the Charitable Trust has been broken, and would like the Football Club to tell supporters what its plans are for community activities in the future, and what plans there are for the site on the Portman Road practice pitch that the Charitable Trust previously occupied”.

 

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