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Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate the perfect environment for young people to reach their full potential.


We operate an elite football excellence and education programme aimed at 16-19 year olds with a passion for sport. We combine academics in partnership with SCL Education and football provision to provide students with an excellent steppingstone to pursue a career in sport, football, sports coaching, physical education, physiotherapy or sports development.

Students will have the opportunity to compete within national competitions representing Needham Market Football Club with both our senior teams (men’s and women’s) playing at the highest level of non-league football in Suffolk. 

Our team

Sam leslie

Head of Education


James Mant

Academy Head Coach


Matt Cook

Lead Tutor

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Academy Coach

Luke Betts


Ben Mendrys

Strength & Conditioning 


Goalkeeper Coach

Nick Hunt


Warren Lewis-claxton

Head of Girls & Women


Freya Louis

PR & Marketing Manager

Emma Scott

Head of Medical

Ailish segon

Sports Therapist

At Needham Market Academy, we believe in having a diverse workforce with vast experience in the sports sector. All our staff are DBS checked and trained in both Safeguarding and First Aid. Our team are all experts in their fields and key staff are also trained as Mental Health First Aiders. 

The team work closely together to best benefit students both on and off the pitch. 

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