Last week, Dr Dan was delighted to be invited to Whitton United as guest of honour for the challenge match between the Friday Night Projects of Whitton and Chantry. The Friday Night Project was set up in 2011 to provide young people with an activity during the evening and to prevent them from gathering on street corners or getting caught up in potential anti-social behaviour. By bringing together the North-West local safer neighbourhood team, Ipswich Borough Council and the Suffolk FA, the initiative gives young people the opportunity to access free football in a safe and friendly environment, whilst also enabling the police to engage constructively with the players. The Friday Night Football Project at Whitton has proved enormously successful since its inception in 2011, and serves as a shining example of the positive impact grassroots football can have for local young people in North-West Ipswich. The Whitton team won 6-3 on the night, emphatically easing past Chantry during an enjoyable 90 minutes of football.
Dr Dan is a great supporter of Whitton United FC, which provides a vital community facility in North-West Ipswich, and has regularly helped the club to raise money, not least by securing important lottery grants for the club. Lucky Singh and the staff at Whitton United work tirelessly to look after and coach players of all ages, and the club also serves as a focal part of the local community. The Friday Night Football Project would not have been possible without the support of Ipswich Borough Councillor Robin Vickery, who has generously funded part of the initiative. Dan would also like to congratulate Lucky Singh of Whitton United and everyone involved in the Friday Night Project, and looks forward to doing all he can to support the club in the future.
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