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Ipswich Town announce partnership with Needham Market

Ipswich Town have linked up with Needham Market in a partnership that will see League One Town look to loan young players to the Southern Premier Division club in one of many benefits across a range of levels.

Needham, who are managed by former Town midfielder and Northern Ireland inter­national Kevin Horlock, will also provide an option for any academy player released by Blues who wants to continue their pathway in football.

A pre-season friendly involving the two clubs is in the planning, while the Town’s Community Trust will have access to Needham’s excellent facilities, including a 3G pitch, to use for their coaching programmes.

Needham Market Academy students will also have the opportunity to take part in work experience, coaching within the Community Trust, shadowing key staff and providing a pathway into a career in coaching.

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