NMFC Academy

Needham Market FC Academy operates an elite football excellence & education programme aimed at male and female 16-18 year olds with a passion for sport. 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.

Needham Market FC Academy opened its doors in the summer of 2011 and in the following seasons the Academy has gone from strength to strength. There have been notable examples of its student athletes making their way in both the professional and semi professional arena, under the stewardship of its first class coaching staff.

The Academy 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. Alongside achieving nationally recognised qualifications, through one of two education pathways; BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport or VRQ Level 2 & 3 Diplomas in Increasing Participation in Sport. All student athletes will receive daily training involving individual and team coaching from a highly qualified coaching team including Steve Foley as Head Coach. Student athletes will receive guidance on individual football fitness, nutritional advice and a regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch.

Needham Market FC Academy promises to improve their student athlete’s fitness and football skills but cannot promise to make them a professional football player. With this in mind, it is important their student athletes be realistic and applies the same dedication to their studies.

In July 2016, a specialist agreement was signed between the University of Suffolk and Needham Market FC Academy. University of Suffolk partnered with Needham Market FC Academy by signing a Progression Agreement for all six sport science and coaching degrees. This was 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.

Needham Market FC
The student athletes at Needham Market FC Academy are eligible for selection for all Needham Market FC teams. Needham Market FC is a member of the Ryman Football League and compete in the Premier Division which is step 3 of the non-league football pyramid. Needham Market FC Reserves play in Thurlow Nunn Football League Division One and Needham Market FC have two U18’s teams, one in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League and one in the Eastern Junior Alliance League.

Key Benefits

  • Partnership with the University of Suffolk through a Progression Agreement
  • Two purpose built internal classrooms
  • Student athletes will complete nationally recognised coaching qualifications
  • Transport links from Manningtree Station and Ravenswood Estate (Ipswich)
  • Easy access off the A14 and Train Station less than a 10 minute walk away
  • Student athletes receive free professional physiotherapy treatment
  • Hot nutritious meals available at lunch times

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. 

There are no tuition fees for the student athletes at Needham Market FC Academy but there will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details will be provided upon the student athlete’s acceptance into the Academy. 

How to Join
A playing trial will be required as places will be offered based on playing ability. Places at the Academy will be offered after each trial until the availability within the current Academy squad is filled. To book a place on the trials please follow www.wearescl.co.uk/needham-market-fc or alternatively contact Robert Peace, Academy Director via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07738 084223.

Needham Market FC Academy

‘Follow’ us on Twitter


Thurlow Nunn League MembersThurlow Nunn

Ryman League MembersRyman