Ipswich Town

Academy Ground:                                              Ipswich Town Training Centre, Playford Road, Ipswich, IP4 5RQ


Academy Director/Manager:                                 Dave Bowman – Director of football      


First Team Players:                                                     Ipswich Town First Team


Academy Team Players:                                           Ipswich Town Under-23’s 

Ipswich Town Under-18’s

Ladies Team Players:                                                 Ipswich Town Ladies Team



The Ipswich Academy:

Ipswich mission statement is made to clear to all players striving to succeed at their academy.

“To attain and maintain Category 1 Status and provide players for the first-team or transfer market.”

This is important for young players to remember when joining the club, as they will be expected to have this milestones in their mind.


At FootieBugs we have a good balance across the different age groups. With the younger groups looking at adventure building and the older groups are able to learn the game at a deeper level.


Academy Status: Ipswich are a category 2 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

Lee O’Neill is the academy manager at Ipswich and has a close bond to the head coach Bryan Klug. he has skills across the board, with a background in sports science he can help it with injuries and can also give some insight into his opinions on the academy players.
Gerrard Nash is an former Ipswich player that has a very strong affiliation at the club and is widely respected for his contributions to their past success. He has always aimed up at the club, having formerly been the under-18’s coach so he is a good role model to aspiring footballers.

How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”


Ipswich Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Ipswich when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure Ipswich will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.

If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Ipswich scouting network then please complete the following form:

Book an Academy Trial Today!

Ipswich Town Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Ipswich Academy set up and with clubs like Ipswich receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Ipswich Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Ipswich’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Ipswich scout. 



Find out more about the FootieBugs Academy


FootieBugs Academy FAQ’s


The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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