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Norwich City RDP enter partnership with Needham Market Football Club


Norwich City FC’s Suffolk Regional Development Programme (RDP) are delighted to have entered a partnership with Needham Market Football Club.

Norwich City Suffolk RDP’s aims are to work with aspiring young footballers, coaches and fans both current and new in the surrounding areas. The programme is designed to have greater reach and involvement with the support of the Club’s official charity partner the Community Sports Foundation.

The partnership will help develop both clubs’ out-reach programmes at different levels and strengthen their involvement and desire to have greater engagement within the local community.

The partnership will bring immediate benefits, including the relocation of the Norwich City Suffolk RDP elite football development programme for 9-12 year olds to Needham Market’s new 3G facility. This elite football development programme will directly feed into Needham Market FC’s Eastern Junior Alliance teams in future years.

On a different level the partnership will explore opportunities for both Norwich City and Needham Market FC to connect with player development opportunities and experiences for both clubs’ young players. That may include may player loans, work experience and community development projects.

Needham Market Operations & Academy Director, Robert Peace, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both clubs, I have been very impressed with the level of professionalism from the Suffolk RDP, CSF and Norwich City Football Club. We are focused on the pathway and opportunities for players within the club and our connection with Norwich City will only enhance this.”

Needham Market FC has many positives; state-of-the-art 3G pitch and facilities, first team that play at step 3 level, one of the biggest football academies in the county and an ideal and accessible location. Norwich City Suffolk RDP will maximise the use of the new 3G pitch with greater provision for all different ages and abilities.

One of the projects that will also take place at Needham Market FC is the ‘Mini Kickers’ which is specifically for 4-6 year olds. Norwich City Suffolk RDP are looking to further develop and support the girls and women’s programme that will in turn provide the appropriate pathway to the recent development of a women’s team at Needham Market FC.

Jason Curtis, NCFC Regional Development Manager, said: “The facilities and people at Needham Market FC complement each other in a very strong way. We are really pleased to be working together to help local aspiring footballers fulfil their potential. There is a great fan base in this area and it will be great to bring parts of Norwich City to this local community”

If you have any further questions on the partnership or any of the mentioned opportunities, please contact Jason Curtis by email

Pictured Left to right: Robert Peace - Needham Market FC Academy & Operations Manager, Jason Curtis - Norwich City RDP Programme Manager and Graham Emmerson - Needham Market FC Chief Executive.

Updated 22:54 - 11 Dec 2018 by MARK EASLEA

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