Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and midfielder Cole Skuse were at Coldfair Green Primary School, Saxmundham on Monday 13 October, to launch a brand new education initiative aimed at inspiring youngsters in literacy.
The ITFC Education Programme, which has been created by Ipswich Town Football Club and is sponsored by the Foundation, focuses on Key Stage 2 reading, writing and listening skills, helping children to develop their abilities through real-life learning.
Schools across Suffolk will have the opportunity to access the ITFC Creative Writing Project as part of the ITFC Education Programme, where students have the chance to become real-life journalists for the day by interviewing Ipswich Town players who visit their school.
With the support of learning resources created by the Football Club, pupils will prepare for the player’s visit and be asked to produce an article either for a newspaper, football programme or a website. The aim is to have a selection of articles from each school published in a children’s matchday programme composed entirely of pupils’ work.
“It’s an exciting initiative and one that that the players and I will be involved with and supporting through the year,” said Mick McCarthy.
Cole Skuse, who has taken on the role of Schools Ambassador at the Club, added: “If football can be used as a tool to encourage youngsters to learn, then I’m all for it.”
Ipswich Town Managing Director Ian Milne said: “This is an initiative that our Public Relations Manager, Jade Cole, has been working on for a number of months. We enlisted the help of Educational Consultant Nadine Avenal to ensure we understood, as a Football Club, how we can effectively support local schools.
We are delighted to be in a position to launch the project thanks to the support of The Seckford Foundation and are pleased to announce Coldfair Green Primary School as the first official school to take up the ITFC Education Programme and in doing so, become a ‘Friend of Ipswich Town Football Club’.”
Roger Finbow, The Seckford Foundation’s Chairman of Governors, said: “Through its established links with education, The Seckford Foundation firmly believes in the value of gaining good literacy skills at an early age. This exciting project brings a hugely popular sport into the classroom and we hope it will encourage many young pupils in Suffolk to become more interested in their reading and writing skills. By using both the football and the media connections we hope it will appeal to many schools and we look forward to watching the progress over the coming year.”
Picture courtesy of East Anglian Daily Times.