Published October 28, 2022
Greg Leigh visits holiday camp
Town defender Greg Leigh visited a Foundation holiday camp held at Murray Road Park yesterday afternoon.
Ian Brown, Personal Progress Tutor & Race Equality Champion at Suffolk One Sixth Form College, worked together with the Foundation to pull together a group of local stakeholders to discuss ideas on how to support the Racecourse catchment area and deliver sporting activities in the area which is situated within an area of high deprivation and high crime. The aim was to increase engagement and give children in the community access to sporting activities free of charge.
A total of 15 children attended the free Soccer School with each child receiving tickets to Town’s fixture against Cheltenham as well as a certificate and medal.
Greg got involved with the session, coaching all teams in their mini matches before answering questions from the group and signing various items that the children had brought in.
Ipswich Town Foundation deliver similar sessions to these in the eastern region during half-term breaks and school holidays, with the aim of keeping young people active and social while out of school. The session consists of various training activities alongside a mix of fun games and mini tournaments.
“It was great to meet many parents who explained that this was the first time that their children had had meaningful activities in their area outside of school,” said Ian Brown.
“They all spoke about the stigma and unfair reputation of the area and were all keen to work with me to ensure that their young people have opportunities outside of school to play sport and sample new activities.
“The children who took part absolutely loved it, there was such a great feel-good factor.”
Greg Leigh added. “I love coming along to holiday camps like these,”
“I attended camps similar to these when I was a kid and absolutely loved them.
“It’s fantastic to see the children getting involved, making friends and enjoying their football.”