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Golf Academy

We operate an elite golf excellence and education programme in partnership with Hintlesham Golf Club and Joe Cardy Golf. The programme is 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 golf, 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 golf 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. The course is also designed to prepare students for higher education in a sports related subject or a career in the area of 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 coaching from Joe Cardy, a PGA Golf Professional with vast experience tutoring players from juniors and beginners to elite amateurs and fellow professionals, as well as guidance on individual fitness, nutritional advice, and regular appraisals to monitor progress.

Whilst we cannot promise to make all our students golfing 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.

Hintlesham Golf Club

Hintlesham Golf Club has a well-earned reputation for being a friendly and welcoming venue. Set in 150 acres of tranquil Suffolk countryside the Parkland course provides a great challenge for players of all abilities and with it only ten minutes from Ipswich, it is ideally located. The club also has a practice range, a short game practice area and a practice putting green. The course is a regular venue for East Region professional events and many County Amateur competitions. It also hosts corporate golf days for companies such as BMW, Lexus and Ipswich Town Football Club. So with a great golf course, award winning clubhouse, and superb facilities, Hintlesham Golf Club is the perfect home for Needham Market Golf Academy.

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
  • All students will have access to TrackMan, the world leader in 3D ball flight measurement and swing analysis
  • Two purpose built internal classrooms
  • Transport links from Manningtree Station and Ipswich
  • Easy access to Needham Market Academy 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 cost for purchasing training kit, membership fees and tournament entries which we be detailed at trials throughout the year.

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