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Published April 28, 2023

Suffolk New College students paint frames for Foundation Frame Footballers

On Monday afternoon, the Foundation welcomed motor vehicle students from Suffolk New College to Portman Road to meet Cooper, a participant of our Frame Football sessions in recognition of the work they put in to paint the frames utilised in the sessions.

As part of an ongoing relationship with the Foundation, students who are on car related courses at Suffolk New College painted the frames in Ipswich Town colours.

Cooper, 5, was joined at Portman Road by his mum, Sarah to thank the students personally.

“Football is my favourite and I support Ipswich,” Cooper has said.

“I like the colours of my frame. I’m happy the students painted it blue and white.”

“It’s given him the same playing level as everyone else in terms of balance and co-ordination,” Sarah added.

“It’s lovely that the students have done this. The fact they wanted to take part in this project is huge.”

Founder and coach of the Frame Football group Eoin McNamee was also at the ground alongside Director of Foundation Dan Palfrey.

“The group has been up and running for 18 months and we became part of the Ipswich Town Foundation two months ago,” Eoin said.

“The team wears the same colours as the first team so they feel part of the club.

“It’s great to have a link with Suffolk New College. The paint job is impeccable and it’s nice to see the pride in the faces of the students when they saw the youngsters using the frames.”

“It is amazing to be able to do this for the community and the club and I’m very proud of the students,” Richard Glover, a motor vehicle and accident repair lecturer at Suffolk New College has said.

“Hopefully this is the start of many more projects. We are already talking about doing some kind of mural in the future.”

“We got the frames, stripped all the paint off and repainted them in the ITFC colours,” Connor Cobbold, a level two accident repair student and Ipswich fan, said.

“I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to help these children.”

This gesture is the latest development of an ongoing relationship between the Club, the Foundation, and Suffolk New College, and the Foundation would like to place on record its sincere thanks to all of the staff and students involved for their efforts in getting the frames prepared.

For more information on our Frame Football sessions, please contact our Community Engagement Officer, Leanne Smith at