Matt Holland, former captain for ITFC, has been a patron of the charity since 2011. He helped ITFC to the Premier League in 2000 and the following season skippered the team to a fifth place finish and UEFA Cup qualification in their return to the top-flight.
Today Matt has a thriving media career, presenting ‘The Player’s Lounge’ on national radio broadcaster talkSPORT and working with BT Sport and Setanta Sport in Ireland.
A message from Matt Holland
Inspire Suffolk is all about working with any young person in the county who is in need and giving them the tools to make the very best of their opportunities. Improving education standards, working with young people to enhance their work readiness and confidence to complete their core learning along with sports apprenticeships are just some of the areas in which this charity operates – day-in-day-out – committed to make a difference.
That is why I am happy to give it my support, I hope that you will consider supporting us as well.
Georgie is a journalist and broadcaster based in London and her home County of Suffolk. She hosts the popular Weekend Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT with former striker Micky Quinn and is a regular television sports contributer.
Georgie started her career with the BBC in Suffolk and has since worked in local commercial radio, for ITV Anglia, SkySports News, SkyNews and is a host for Premier League Productions based in London. A fanatical and talented golfer, Georgie takes the helm each year for the Inspire Suffolk Golf Day.
Bill Tancred, MBE
Suffolk born Bill has enjoyed a long and distinguished career both as an athlete, representing Great Britain on over 50 occasions, including the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games for the discus event, and in sport administration and management, where he has held the role of Chairman of Suffolk Sport from 2006 to 2014.
Bill was a regional council member for England Athletics (East) and many other board and management roles. In the 1992 New Year’s Honours List, this Felixstowe ‘boy’ was awarded and MBE for services to athletics.
Dave Ward, OBE
Dave forged his career within the UK Rail industry, starting as a carriage cleaner for the then nationalised, British Rail and ending his 37 year career in 2015 as Managing Director of Network Rail South East. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2015 for services to the rail industry.
Dave has a passion for supporting charitable causes, particularly those in place to support vulnerable young people, those overcoming addiction issues and individuals who are in need of ‘mentoring’ support.