It was a day for dreams to come true for nine Band of Brothers in the Eastern region as they visited Ipswich Town Football Club to meet apprentices and a few stars from the Portman Road ground.
The day started with a welcome from Matthew Clarke (Head of Education and Welfare) and Alan Lee (Academy Coach) and as they were sharing stories of overcoming injuries, in walked Mick McCarthy the Ipswich Town Manager much to awe and amazement of the BoBs. Being avid fans since such a young age, this was a moment to saviour for many of them.
The Band of Brothers then met with 12 Ipswich Town Football Club apprentices who are on a two year scheme with the Club. They discussed the differences and similarities of joining the military at such a young age and joining a high pressured apprenticeship scheme. The Band of Brothers were able to prove that there is life beyond injury and that actually you do need to have a Plan B in case Plan A doesn’t always work out. The Apprentices took a lot away from hearing the Band of Brothers speak and were visibly moved at the stories they heard.
The day finished with a behind the scenes tour of Portman Road, with special access into the manager’s office, the club's changing rooms and also a preview into the renowned media suite.
The visit, which was co-ordinated from the Colchester Recovery Centre, Chavasse VC House, was a great success with feedback from the Band of Brothers such as:
“Thank you for the opportunity to attend today’s event at Ipswich Town Football Club I had a fantastic time. As a die-hard fan it really was special.”
“Thank you so much for today the opportunity was really amazing and very grateful for it.”
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