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Published March 17, 2023

Adam Presents February Awards

Adam, a teenage Town fan, presented Nathan Broadhead with his Goal and Player of the Month awards earlier this week along with his sister, Rebecca.

Having edged Leif Davis by just eight votes to the Player of the Month award, Nathan’s sublime free-kick against Sheffield Wednesday saw the attacker pick up a February double.

Adam, who has autism, is currently studying in year 11, was invited to Playford Road on Tuesday alongside Rebecca, his mum and his grandad, all of whom are long-term season ticket holders, spanning over 150 years of support between the wider family.

The family had a tour of the facilities before heading out to watch the first-team’s preparations ahead of Saturday’s home fixture against Shrewsbury.

They all then had the chance to eat lunch at Playford Road before meeting Kieran McKenna, the coaching staff and the players.

Afterwards, Adam and Rebecca posed alongside Nathan and the two trophies. He then got his home shirt signed by the squad before taking some further pictures with them.

Conor Chaplin surprised him with a pair of signed boots which the Town attacker has worn during the current season. Later that evening, Kyle Edwards also surprised Adam with a recorded video message.

“As a family, we were totally overwhelmed to be offered this amazing experience for Adam,” his mum, Christine, told the Club website.

“It was also lovely for Adam’s grandad to attend and to talk about his love of the Club for over 55 years.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Lee Smith, Disability Liaison Officer, [Media & Communications Lead] Mikey Hale, [Director of Foundation] Dan Palfrey, Ash [Lilley, Foundation Media & Communications Officer], the manager, coaching staff and the players for making it such an enjoyable day for us all, and mostly for putting a smile on Adam’s face again. In Adam’s words, it was ‘the best day ever’.

“It is fantastic to see the whole club coming together as one and all the fantastic, hard work going on behind the scenes – we have our Club back.”

The day was the third of its kind in as many months as the Club continues to use its monthly awards to provide a unique experience to a fan or fans who have been going through a difficult period, or a participant who has excelled within the Ipswich Town Foundation’s varied provision.