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Football Academy

We operate an elite football excellence and education programme aimed at 16-19 year olds with a passion for sport. We combine practical playing with academic achievement and life skills, providing students with an excellent stepping stone to combine progression in football, sports coaching, physical education and sports development. The BTEC based education programme is delivered by our Partners SCL, an approved BTEC Centre. Needham Market Academy deliver the sports training.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSE’s grades A*- C; recommended these include English and Maths; PE is also desirable or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport at a Merit grade. Successful applicants must be willing to be involved in all aspects of sport, including practical as well as theoretical.

Educational Benefits

The Academy is aimed at players aged 16-19 years who wish to continue their football development in pursuit of a full or part time career in the game whilst achieving nationally recognised qualifications – the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport or the VRQ Level 2 & 3 Diplomas in Increasing Participation in Sport. We have two purpose built classrooms to provide the correct environment for students to develop and enhance their knowledge within the course.

Students will receive individual and team coaching from our highly-qualified coaching team as well as guidance on individual fitness, nutritional advice, and regular appraisals to monitor progress both on and off the pitch.

Whilst we cannot promise to make all our students football superstars, we can guarantee a first class environment in which to learn and develop. Furthermore, our partnership with the University of Suffolk means that on completion of the BTEC qualification, our students have the option of a guaranteed place at the university dependant on results.


Needham Market Football Academy opened its doors in the summer of 2011. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and have encouraged several students to make their way in both the professional and semi-professional arena, under the stewardship of our first class coaching staff.

Football Club

Academy students are eligible for selection for all Needham Market Football Club teams. The club is a member of the Bostik Football League and competes in the Premier Division which is step three of the non-league football pyramid. Needham Market FC Reserves play in the Thurlow Nunn Football League Division One and we have two U18’s teams, one in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League and one in the Eastern Junior Alliance (EJA) League. The club also has U16, U14 and U13 EJA teams to provide a solid foundation for future years.

Progression Agreement with University of Suffolk

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

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Key Benefits

  • Partnership with the University of Suffolk through a Progression Agreement
  • Two purpose built internal classrooms
  • Transport links from Manningtree Station and Ipswich
  • Easy access off the A14 and Train Station less than a 10 minute walk away
  • Students receive free professional physiotherapy treatment
  • Hot nutritious meals available at lunch times

How To Join

Places are offered on playing ability so all prospective students will be subject to a trial. There are several trials throughout the year and you can book a place on a trail using the link on this page.

For further information, please contact Robert Peace, Operations & Academy Director

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There are no tuition fees for students, however there will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season which can be purchased via our club shop.

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