"My two sons both chose to continue their education pathway at Needham Market Academy and this has worked out very well. My eldest son was given a great all-round experience and excelled at both the football and educational provisions. He managed to break into the first-team squad and then went onto study a Sports Management Degree at Twickenham University."
"My youngest son is currently in his first year and again is very happy with his all-round progression. It’s great to see him happy and gaining confidence in the professional and safe environment which the academy provides. As a parent, I cannot ask for much more."
Paul Exworth, Parent
"As an apprentice at Needham Market Football Academy, my son Conor's time there was beneficial both in terms of his education and his improvement as a football player. He received outstanding educational tutorials, which led to him achieving good grades, not only in the standard English and Maths but also in various BTEC diploma’s and NVQ in Sport and coaching styles."
"The knowledge, enthusiasm, and support from the coaching staff were excellent. Conor’s experience of being a member of the Needham Market Football Team, enhanced his understanding of the responsibility that being a member of the team brings, along with an overall respect for everyone involved in the running of the academy. Conor continues to enjoy playing football at a good level, along with him being a very good coach, with his specialist area being 1 to 1 coaching in which he is highly regarded. I feel his time at the Needham Market Academy played a major role in him being able to play at a good level and specialise in the 1 to 1 coaching arena."
"As a parent, I am pleased we made the decision to accept Needham Market Academy's offer for Conor to join the programme, it enabled him to pursue his ambitions and allowed us to support him in these."
Denise McLaughlin, Parent
“This academy has provided me with a platform to progress into non-league football via their top level coaching and supportive teaching staff.”
Tommy Northwood, Current Student
“Needham has a fun, enthusiastic environment which has taught me many new skills and helped me make new friends. It has changed my life for the better and would wholeheartedly recommend studying here to future students.”
Abbie Wilkinson, Graduate
“Needham Market 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 can not have, for whatever reason, a playing career there is this growing opportunity in sports science, medicine and coaching that grows each year.”
Dr Gavin Devereux, Director of Sports Sciences and Coaching at UCS
"We are delighted to be working with another great local football club like Needham Market. Rob Peace and Graham Emmerson, along with others at the club have worked hard to build a really good facility and programme at first-team and Academy level. The relationship sits alongside Ipswich Town’s strategy to work closely with a number of good local organisations."
Lee O'Neill, ITFC General Manager of Football Operations