A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds.
Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Up to 280
Thurlow Nunn Division 1, Thurlow Nunn U18, Eastern Junior Alliance U18 and Ryman Premier League
FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit
4 GCSES A-C or 8-4 preferably one Maths or English
Needham Market FC
SCL Education Group
COURSE START DATE
Needham Market Football Club, Bloomfields, Quinton Rd, Needham Market, Ipswich IP6 8DA
Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football, Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.
If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.
Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL.
Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.
SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.
In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.
There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.
Needham Market Football Club operates an elite football development programme which offers ambitious and talented footballers the opportunity to complete a programme of study, alongside a programme of coaching and match participation.
The programme is aimed at players aged 16-18 years who wish to continue their football development in pursuit of a full or part-time career in the game, whilst undertaking a programme of study aligned to secure future employment in the sport’s industry or a route into graduate education.
The Academy provides them with the best opportunity and environment to enhance their academic and football development. The Academy combines practical playing with academic achievement and life skills, providing all its student athletes with an excellent stepping stone to combine progression in football, sports coaching, physical education and sports development.
A specialist agreement has been signed between the University of Suffolk and Needham Market FC Academy. Needham Market has signed a Progression Agreement for all six sport science and coaching degrees. This is the first of its kind with a football academy where the agreement means students who achieve a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Needham Market FC Academy will be able to benefit from a number of guaranteed Higher Education places at the University of Suffolk if entry requirements are met.
Academy Head Coach - Steve Foley
As Head Coach of Needham Market FC Academy, Steve Foley brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. Steve is one of the biggest and well-known names in coaching and spent all of his career within the professional game. Steve made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League playing as a midfielder for Colchester United. After his playing career, Steve stepped into coaching, firstly coaching at Colchester, working with the young players, and spent several spells as caretaker manager.
Steve joined Norwich City in 1996 and spent ten years with the club in various roles. Steve then ventured into a new challenge working with Ipswich Town in various roles including Head Coach and is where he continues to work part time working with all youth teams with the Academy. Steve has taken the role of Head Coach at Needham Market FC Academy to work with younger talented players within the county and maximise their potential and help open doors to reach the highest level of football available. Steve managers the Reserve team but oversees the running of all the teams associated with the Academy.
Both the elite football excellence & education programme are delivered at the clubs excellent facilities at Needham Market Football Club, Bloomfields, Quinton Road, Needham Market, Suffolk, IP6 8DA.
Needham Market FC started The Academy in 2011 and since then it has surpassed expectations. Dr Keith Nunn - Chairman - Needham Market FC
At Needham Market FC our Academy is a key part of the forward planning for the success of the football club as a whole. Mark Morsley - First Team Manager
As First Team manager developing and involving scholars is part of the blueprint I am using to take the club forward. Mark Morsley - First Team Manager
The Academy provides excellent opportunities for 16-18 year olds to develop their footballing skills and experience. Dr Keith Nunn - Chairman - Needham Market FC
The future of the club is very much based upon the success of The Academy. We look forward to seeing more and more academy scholars progress through the football pyramid into Needham Market FC or higher league clubs. Dr Keith Nunn - Chairman - Needham Market FC
Educational and personnel development is something that is key, this will be monitored by me during their involvement in the senior football team. Mark Morsley - First Team Manager