FORMER Ipswich Town and ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ star Jimmy Bullard is to be guest speaker at this year’s Suffolk FA Awards Night sponsored by McDonald’s and Ransomes Jacobsen.
The Awards Night is taking place at Trinity Park on the outskirts of Ipswich on Friday, June 23rd.
The evening, which has been held at Portman Road for the past two years, is one of the highlights of the Suffolk football calendar, and Bullard (pictured above) is expected to be a big attraction.
Bullard follows in the footsteps of former Ipswich Town Chairman and now Chairman of St George’s Park David Sheepshanks and ex-Ipswich Town Manager George Burley, who both spoke at the inaugural dinner, and FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn, who attended last year’s event.
Ex-Wigan, Fulham and Hull City midfielder Bullard, who is now manager of Ryman League Premier Division side Leatherhead, said: “I am looking forward to coming back to this part of the country.
“Ipswich fans were always amazing to me and I even managed to have a laugh with the rival clubs’ supporters!”
Bullard’s appearance is in association with The KBB Centre and company director Roger Peck said: “We at The KBB Centre are thrilled that Jimmy Bullard has accepted our invitation to attend the Suffolk FA awards night.
“As lifelong Town fans, followers of non-league football and watchers of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ it will be great to hear some of his stories.
“It will be a great night out to look forward to at the start of the Summer.”
The evening will also feature the FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s, which reward unsung heroes of the grassroots game, plus various other awards.
Mark Richards, a Director of Mardi Foods who has a chain of McDonald’s restaurants in Suffolk, said: “Once again we at McDonald’s are delighted to be sponsoring the Suffolk FA Awards Night where we celebrate the endeavours of those many individuals who make football the beautiful game.
“These volunteers/coaches/referees give their time to ensure that our teams are supported at grassroots level with enthusiasm, passion and an unswerving loyalty.
“As a club chairman myself I understand the effort required to make a club work and the chance to reward those who make this happen is an honour.”
Karen Proctor, Marketing and Communications Manager at Ransomes Jacobsen, said: “We are pleased to be sponsoring the Suffolk FA Awards evening.
“We feel privileged to have worked with the Suffolk FA over the course of the year, including sponsoring the ‘Groundsman of the Year’ award for the very first time.
“It is set to be a fantastic evening of celebration as we join the Suffolk FA in recognising the achievements of those involved in all aspects of the game across the county.”
Ticket details will be announced soon.