Golf Academy

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.

Needham Market Academy deliver the elite coaching, competition provision and teaching at both Hintlesham Hall Golf Club and Needham Market Academy. 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 both on and off the course.

Key Benefits

  • 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 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
  • Prioritise student progression and exit routes for Academy graduates

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

  • The stimulating and employer-appealing Level 3 Sport explores a number of areas which enable you to gain a wider insight into areas such as Sports Psychology, Fitness Testing, Anatomy and Physiology, Coaching, and more. This course is ideal for those looking to gain employment in the Sports Industry, and for those aiming to progress onto a Sport-related course at University.

    Over the 2 year course you are required to complete 11 mandatory units including Sports Leadership, Coaching and Leading for Participation, Sports Psychology and Physical Education and the Care of Young People. In addition, you will have 3 externally assessed units; Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being, and Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity. The study programme is assessed using a variety of vocationally relevant methods which reflect industry, including presentations, observations, written reports, and discussions.

    Students are also required to take part in relevant work experience in a sport setting and may also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in Fitness Instructing, Coaching, and Sports Leaders.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or Maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

  • The study programme offers an extensive study of all sporting areas, including Coaching, Nutrition, Leadership, Fitness Testing and Training, and Anatomy and Physiology. You will have the opportunity to learn in the classroom and participate in training and competitions utilising the Academies fantastic facilities in partnership with Hintlesham Hall Golf Club as well as pursue work experience opportunities with our wide range of top employers.

    Educational trips are arranged each year to widen the student experience through attendance at sports conventions and alternative sporting venues.

  • Students who complete this course may progress onto University, studying subjects to include Sports Coaching, Sports Development, PE Teaching, and Strength and Conditioning, or make the transition into the workforce in areas such as Leisure Centre Operations and Management, gaining an apprenticeship, Fitness, and many more.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) including English and/or Maths

Representing Needham Market Football Club

Whilst studying on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport at Needham Market Golf Academy, students will become members at Hintlesham Hall Golf Club and coached by professional Joe Cardy and compete in competitions representing Needham Market Academy. Whilst we cannot promise to make all our students golf superstars, we can guarantee a first-class environment in which to learn and develop.

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.


No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16–18.

There is a mandatory cost to join Needham Market Golf Academy, which include membership fees, elite coaching, playing kit and competition fees (for more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Trips vary to meet the interests of student groups with information on costs available upon enrolment and throughout the year.

Further Information

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

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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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