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Published June 16, 2022

John and David on sporting success

John and David currently attend inclusive sessions with Ipswich Town Foundation, where they get to try new sports as well as brushing up on their football skills.

The pair are Town fans and before the pandemic hit, they had season tickets. They recently took part in a 10-week multi-sport skills programme with Ipswich Town Foundation in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council. The training was hosted by experienced disability sport coaching staff and those taking part get the opportunity to learn football, boccia, badminton, archery and more.

Leanne Smith, Community Engagement Co-ordinator for Ipswich Town Foundation said:

“The aim of these sessions is to give people living with disabilities the chance to come and experience different sports in a safe and welcoming environment.”

“The programmes are so important to give people the opportunity and help with people’s mental wellbeing along with their physical wellbeing. It is also great for the social side of things – getting out and enjoying themselves.”

John, who attends the sessions on a weekly basis said:

I’ve had a couple of coaching sessions and they think I’m good enough to represent the club. Playing sport helps you to lose a bit of weight and keep healthy. It helps with your sleep too and it’s fun. I like meeting new people and making new friends.”