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Welcome to the Ipswich Town Football Club Junior supporters website. You will find all of the info you need here on how to become a Junior member, how to get involved in the action on a matchday by being an official mascot, by Flying the Flag or by visiting the Junior Blues room. You can also check out the very latest news from the Club, and all about the fun events that we have over the season where you get to meet the players in Mick McCarthy’s team.
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Calling all Junior Members
How would you like to line up alongside Mick McCarthy and his players in the official Ipswich Town 2014/15 squad photo?
Well that’s the prize on offer in this fantastic competition for Junior Blues.
To enter just take a photograph of yourself wearing something blue that shows your support for Ipswich Town. Then email the photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will then put all of the entries into a gallery on the new look Junior Blues website, and from there we will select one Bluey’s Bunch member, One Crazee’s Crew member, and one Town Teen to join us on Thursday, July 31 at the Club Open Day when the photograph of the team will take place.
All entries must be received by Monday, July 14, and the lucky winners will be notified by Friday, July 18.
Please be aware that all entries will be uploaded onto the website unless otherwise advised and that any images taken on the day of the photo shoot may be safely stored or archived digitally or manually and may be publicised in a variety of media formats including websites and managed social network sites operated by Ipswich Town
What do you get when you become a Junior Member?
If you’re between the ages of 5 and 15 Junior membership is especially for you! With exclusive events and exciting opportunities, there is something for everyone. Here’s what you get with each different membership type available.
Town Toddler is the first stage of membership for all the little tractorboys and girls who will be the future supporters, and maybe even players of Ipswich Town! The membership is for children aged 0-4 years and as a member they will receive a personalised member certificate, a card from Bluey and Crazee at Christmas, and two exclusive membership gifts.
Bluey has decided to get in on the action, and now he has his own club! Bluey’s Bunch is especially for children aged 5-7 and packed with loads of goodies and treats for aimed at our fans of this age group. Membership includes:
The Chance to be a matchday mascot
An exclusive membership card
A membership pack with a special membership gift
A voucher for 10% off the brand new home or away shirt
A card from the players at Christmas
The opportunity to book places on Bluey’s Bunch events at reduced prices
Exclusive members discount on Fly the Flag bookings
A ticket entitling upto two adults and two children free entry to Portman Road to watch a home league match of your choice
The chance to interview your favourite player which will be broadcast on Ipswich Player
The chance to be in the 2014/15 squad photograph
500 Teamcard points
Free entry to Under 21’s games at Portman Road
Members Only competitions
Crazee now has his own group too! Aimed at the slightly older town fan aged from 8-12, the membership includes all of the same great benefits of Bluey’s bunch, but with a few differences that make this membership more suited to the age range, including an exclusive joining gift.
This brand new membership is for Ipswich supporters that are aged 13-15. The membership package is designed to specially appeal to our older supporters that are not quite eligible for a silver membership. Here is what the joining package consists of:
500 Teamcard points
A voucher for 10% off the brand new home or away shirt
A joining gift
A voucher that entitles the town teen to attend three matches during the season for a reduced price
*Events may have administration cost or booking fees.
Cost of Joining
It costs £9.99 to become a Junior member. Membership for the 2014/15 season will commence on 1st August 2014
and end on 31st July 2015
Join online at www.itfcdirect.com or by telephoning 0844 80 11 555. You can also apply by post by downloading the application form and returning to us at: The Junior Blues Manager, Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DA.
(Click HERE to download the Junior Membership Application Form).
Being a Mascot at Ipswich Town FC
If you are a Junior member aged five or over and you would like to be a home or away Mascot leading the Team out and having a day out to remember forever simply complete the application form and return it to the Junior Blues team here at Portman Road. Don’t forget that you need to get your parent/guardian to sign the form for you. All the forms are put into a monthly ballot, and the lucky mascots are chosen at random. The sooner we receive your form, the more ballots you can be a part of. If you are one of the lucky ones, we will write to you with details of your match and tell you what you need to do. Please remember that if selected you will need to provide a full current kit (home or away) to wear on the day, and be accompanied by one parent or guardian. If you are not a season ticket holder you will also need to purchase match tickets.
What does our home mascot get?
If you are a home mascot you can look forward to:
• Your very own pre-match warm up alongside the first team players
• Your photo and details in the match day programme and on the scoreboard
• A free match day programme and ITFC pennant signed by the first team
• A certificate signed by the Manager
• Leading the team out of the famous Portman Road tunnel
• Photos with the captains and match officials
• Two free match tickets
• A free exclusive match trophy
What about being an away mascot?
We always ask the other clubs within the Championship if we can take a mascot to their ground when Ipswich play there. It’s great to be an away mascot, and you get to do lots of exciting things!*
Remember, you can apply to be a home and an away mascot.
*All away mascot packages vary according to the club the mascot is selected to go to.
Please note applications for the 2013/14 season are closed. Applications for the 2014/15 season will open in mid-June.
Please note there is a fee applicable on selection as Mascot and you will also be required to supply your own full and current kit.
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Junior Blues Activities
Fly The Flag
This is your chance to take part in the ultimate matchday experience at Portman Road, with our Junior matchday package. You will be at the centre of the action on the main pitch, as you Fly the Flag for the team.
Here is what’s involved
• Arrive at Portman Road and collect your official Fly the Flag t-shirt, which is also yours to keep after the day
• Get ready to have a photograph taken of you and the rest of your group, which will be sent to you after the match
• A penalty shot in the main goal, with Bluey and Crazee as the ‘keepers
• Time to get into position before you parade around the pitch with your flags
• The countdown to kick-off and announcing the team on the PA
• Form a guard of honour to welcome the teams onto the pitch
• Take a well earned rest and get ready to cheer Town onto victory!
Price: £15.00 (does not include match ticket).
After you have flown the flag, why not stay and watch the match for only £3.00 and your grown ups have a chance to watch the match for a reduced price too.
Why not fly the flag with your football team, school, cub, scout or brownies group? It is the perfect end of the season treat or team building session.
How to book:
Telephone enquiries: 01473 400584
First time at Portman Road?
If it’s your first visit to out stadium you may have some questions about how to purchase tickets, where to sit and what there is to do at the ground. Before you arrive you may wish to have purchase tickets in advance, here is how to do so........
Purchasing Match tickets
It’s easy to buy your match tickets, you can do this either online, in person at the Club store Planet Blue or on the turnstiles on matchday. Whatever option you choose, please be aware that tickets are always sold at a discounted rate before the day of the match.
If you choose to buy online you will need to visit www.itfcdirect.com and select the option join in the top right hand corner. This will allow you to register on the site and create a unique password. When your registration is complete you will be able to login in to the site and from there you can purchase tickets. In order to purchase a ticket, you will need to select the relevant tab, and so for a visit to Portman Road you would select home games and then choose the game that you would like to attend. Please be aware that our tickets are sold on a priority basis and so if you are not a member or a season ticket holder you will need to wait until the general sale stage.
We also offer a wide range of both adult and Junior memberships, click here to see details of these
When purchasing tickets via the internet you are able to either purchase seating in a specific area, using the select your own seats option, or if you would like to use the auto select seats option all you will need to enter is the stand that you would like the seats in, and the quantity of tickets. If you are bringing children to a match you might like to know a little more about the seating arrangements and what might be more suitable for a family.....
There are four stands at Portman Road
The East of England Co-operative stand
This is our biggest stand, which has three tiers. The whole of the lower tier is a dedicated family area, but areas F, K and L are also family friendly, and are situated in our middle tier if you like to watch the game from height. You will also find the Junior Blues room in this stand which is open from 1.30 on Saturday games for fun and games and a visit from club mascots Bluey and Crazee. This room is suitable for children aged from five to fifteen.
The Sir Bobby Robson Stand
This is not the ideal stand for families, and children below the age of twelve are not permitted to sit in the lower tier. The language in this area can be a little vociferous and the volume in this area of the ground is at its loudest.
The Cobbold Stand
This stand is situated opposite the East of England Co-operative stand and has also has a designated family area. If you would like to watch the match from this stand, the whole of lower tier is a designated family area, although families are permitted in the upper tier too. Two points of note in this stand are firstly, the visiting supporters sit in the upper tier of this stand, and also if you choose to sit in the lower tier and it rains, you will get wet!
The Sir Alf Ramsey Stand
Although this does not have a specified family area, you will see lots of children sitting in here. The facilities in the stand are the same as in the others, and it provides an opportunity to watch the game from another angle.
Please rest assured that we adopt a zero tolerance attitude to foul mouthed or abusive comments. If you feel that your child/ren are being subjected to language or behaviour that you don’t want them to hear please tell the nearest steward. Also be aware that to ensure the designated family areas retain a family friendly atmosphere matchday tickets are sold to a ratio of no more than two adults to one under sixteen or eleven ticket.
How to get involved in the action....
Young supporters and families are very welcome at Portman Road, and we put a lot of effort into making them feel so. Junior members can be seen on the pitch at every match as mascots or taking part in our matchday experience “Fly the Flag.” For more information on either of these activities please contact Julie Bryant on 01473 400584 or email her at: email@example.com Football clubs, schools and other organisations who wish to enquire with regards to Fly the Flag can also contact her.
What time should I arrive at the ground?
All turnstiles open after all safety checks have been completed, and this is one and a half hours prior to kick off. So, for a 3pm kick off we are open for action at 1.30pm and for a 7.45pm kick off 6.15pm. We politely ask that all supporters are seated thirty minutes prior to kick off.
You will see lots of supporters reading their matchday programmes. These are produced for every match and can be purchased from different locations around the ground at a cost of £3.00. Included in the programme is a special section for our younger supporter full of fun, games and competitions to keep them amused before and after kick off.
Programmes are available from 1.30pm for Saturday games or 6.15pm for midweek games.
The Club shops
The name of our main club store is Planet Blue and you will find it on the corner of the Cobbold and Sir Bobby Robson stands.
On a matchday it’s opening hours are:
For 3pm kick offs:
Opens 10am until kick off and then from the final whistle for thirty minutes
For 7.45pm kick offs:
Opens 10am until kick off and then from 9.30 until 10pm.
Please note that although tickets can be purchased in person from the main club store on matchdays, they can only be sold until 1.30 (6.15 for midweek games), and so please do not join the purchasing queue should there be one after 1.15. If you still require tickets after this time you are able to purchase directly from the turnstiles around the ground by cash (or card on selected turnstiles).
Should your seating be located in the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand you might wish to visit our Matchday Essentials kiosk for all of those last minute purchases. Our Planet Bluey store which also contains the essentials and is especially for our younger supporters can be found in the East of England Co-operative stand.
Purchasing refreshments in the stadium
Food and drink purchases can be made from the concourse areas in all four stands of the ground. You will be sure to find something to suit all tastes, and budgets with hot food and snacks being available. Please remember that you will need to pay in cash for any refreshments purchased.
Street parking in the immediate vicinity of the stadium is problematic. However there are plenty of Pay and Display car parks within walking distance of Portman Road. In any case the ground is within easy walking distance of the town centre.
Sat Nav postcode for the stadium: IP1 2DA
We are committed to ensuring that our disabled supporters and visitors have as much access as reasonably possible to all goods, services and facilities provided or offered to the public by the Club.
We are committed to taking a proactive approach to ensure that the needs of its disabled supporters and visitors are met. (Through good practice).
Ipswich Town is in regular contact with the FA, Football League and disability organisations like NADS (National Association of Disabled Supporters) to ensure that good practice methods are employed and legislative requirements are met.
For any disabled ticketing or parking enquiries please contact Warner Duff, our Disabilities Liaison Officer on 01473 400556 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting for a special occasion?
If it’s your first time here, you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary or you want to mark the occasion in style we have a variety of hospitality packages available from eating in the Hall of Fame restaurant, to hiring a suite or box. If you would like to know more about the different options, please contact our sales department on 01473 400594, or via email: email@example.com alternatively please visit: www.numberonevenue.co.uk
Namco Funscape, formally Solarbowl, is proud to be the sponsor of Ipswich Town Junior Blues. Our entertainment centre in Ipswich is situated on Sproughton Road next to Morrisons Supermaket. It offers 24 lanes of ten pin bowling, pool tables and a wide variety of the latest video and arcade games. It has a cafe offering food, hot and cold drinks and a variety of refreshments.
Namco Funscape caters for all ages, from 2 to 102! We have ramps and bumpers for younger or inexperienced bowlers and help is always on hand for your every need.
There are great value offers available every day of the week and lots of fun to be had! Don’t forget, by showing your Junior Blues membership card, you will receive discount on your bowling. Also remember to check out our great competition to win a family ticket valid for two games of bowling for up to 2 adults and 2 children in the Ipswich Town matchday programme.
For more information check out www.namcofunscape.com
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