AFC Sudbury Academy launches a Higher National Diploma Qualification in Sports Coaching

The AFC Sudbury Academy has built a reputation as one of those places where you just don’t stand still.

After 30 months of unprecedented success both on and off the pitch the Academy has decided to open its doors to the potential future Pep Guardiolas, Mo Marley’s and Gareth Southgates of the coaching world!

From September 2018 AFC Sudbury Academy will be running a Higher National Diploma in Sports Coaching from its Brundon Lane HQ. The Two Year Qualification is designed for both mature students as well as sixth form leavers. Whether currently employed in the sports coaching industry and seeking those all important academic qualifications to go with those Coaching Certificates or a fledgling coach just starting the journey, the HND will take all Coaches to the next level.

Course Director Danny Laws enthuses the positives in gaining the academic knowledge behind the industry he has worked in for 25 Years. ‘The opportunity to study in more depth the scientific principles that underpin what makes a successful sports coach is something any modern day coach cannot ignore.  The knowledge and understanding of this profession has never been so advanced and we are all moving with the times.’

The Course is structured in a way that the learners will still have the time in the working week to either continue in employment or gain the hands on work experience they need to apply the knowledge gained from the HND. With the qualification being based within an elite youth football academy and semi professional football club students will have the opportunity to work with players regularly.

Danny Laws – Whatever the HND Students particular area of sports science and sports coaching they have interest in, the opportunity will be here for them to gain valuable experience. It may be of Sports Performance Analysis, Nutrition or Fitness Testing opportunities to apply learning will be at the forefront of how we teach the course.

With the course about to be launched this week, local Bury St Edmunds based football club Sporting 87 that already has football coaches to deliver numerous activities for the local community have signed up two of its staff on to the HND at AFC Sudbury.

Jonathan Warnock, Director of Football at Sporting, said ‘How people access Higher education is changing, this is another excellent initiative by AFC Sudbury to enable local people to study a degree level course locally. Danny Laws has a proven track record of being an innovative coach and is an excellent educator.  I am delighted that at least a couple of our coaches have chosen to sign up for this HND, I’m sure it we be a massive benefit to all those that attend.’

For further Information:  •  • T: 01787 376 213

The semi final draw for the First Division KO Cup has been made. It is:-

Whitton United v. Norwich United Reserves (Wednesday March 14th)
Cornard United or Braintree Town Reserves v. Debenham LC or Wisbech St Mary (Tuesday March 27th)


The 2017/18 Chell Trophy Final between Saffron Walden Town Reserves and Stowmarket Town Reserves is to be played at Halstead Town FC on Wednesday March 21st, kick-off 7.45pm.

Neither side has previously won the trophy, although Stowmarket Town were losing finalists in 2000/01.

FA Competitions 2018-2019 – Online Application

To apply for next season’s FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup, please use the direct link below to submit your application and payment online.

The application is ONLY available for online completion and online payment by credit or debit card, and an individual can make the payment with a personal card on the Clubs behalf.

For application link Click Here story link –

On successful completion of the online application and online payment you will receive an on screen confirmation and an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA.  However, this does NOT constitute acceptance into the specified competition(s). 

The closing date is Sunday 1 April 2018

A list of entries accepted will be available on towards the end of June 2018.

If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application please email or call 0800 1691863 x 4583/4622.


For the second time running Felixstowe & Walton United have been awarded the Performance Award, this time for October/November.  The cheque was presented by Terry Lee, Sales Manager, Norwich Branch of Thurlow Nunn, to Andy Wilding, Chairman of the Club (wearing his club scarf).  Also pictured on the left is Peter Hutchings, Chairman of the Thurlow Nunn League, and on the right Kevin O’Donnell, Club Joint Manager of Felixstowe & Walton United.

In addition a cheque for £100 was presented for the charity “The Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre” to Chris Brammer.