Needham Market Academy has a partnership with the University of Suffolk (UOS) through a Progression Agreement for all six-sport science and coaching degrees with UOS. The Progression Agreement formalises engagement between the University and Needham Market Academy and allows our students who complete the BTEC Extended Diploma to benefit from a number of guaranteed Higher Education places at the University.
Speaking back when the agreement was announced Robert Peace, Needham Market Academy Director said “It’s a great opportunity to have a link with UOS. It’s always an issue with 18-year olds providing them the right exit routes and I believe with the right educational pathways and the great opportunities like the degrees UOS have with Ipswich Town FC, it gives them a great option to help them with their careers.”
“The benefits of being a new university is that UOS have purpose built equipment and the sport suite they have got is of fantastic quality. To have access to that sort of equipment and to open our students’ eyes to this world of further science and sport is fantastic.”
“The partnership also means that we can have player analysis a couple of times a season, alongside using the fantastic facilities at UOS. I think it is with credit to our education that we provide at Needham Market Academy that we have this agreement and I think it is beneficial to both parties.”
Dr Gavin Devereux, Director of Sports Sciences and Coaching at UOS, said “We work very well with Needham Market. It is a great club with a very supportive attitude to their players and we wanted to be in a position to offer something to those players if they’d like to enter into higher education. We can offer them something that is football focused and offer them a very exciting, challenging scientific degree in that area. For those that cannot have a playing career, for whatever reason, there is this opportunity in sports science, medicine and coaching that grows each year.”