Express your interest - Junior Premier League

Needham Market Football Club enter the Junior Premier League

Needham Market Football Club are entering the Junior Premier League (JPL) this upcoming season and requesting aspiring footballers to express their interest in joining our new youth provision.

The JPL launched for the start of the 2011/12 season and was originally conceived by a group of large clubs from the Midlands & Southern England who were interested in developing their players through better coaching and better-quality matches. However the JPL is now represented throughout the whole nation and is the only nationally affiliated grassroots youth league in the country and Needham Market FC are delighted to have been identified as one of the founding members in East Anglia.

The league is aimed at clubs who want to develop their players through a ‘best with best’ ethos and is set up to encourage striving players to participate and extend their development which will naturally make the JPL one of the highest level of youth football in the region outside of an Academy environment. The season includes an exciting regional league-based programme and knockout competition with games taking place on a Saturday.

Needham Market FC boasts excellent training, changing and hospitality facilities which benefit players who are looking to progress into the thriving full time Academy that naturally feeds into the U18’s, reserves and first team. The first team currently play at Step 3 in the non-league pyramid (highest level of non-league football in Suffolk) and are managed by former Ipswich Town, Manchester City and Northern Ireland player Kevin Horlock.

Needham Market FC has a working relationship with Ipswich Town FC which creates further training and fixture opportunities, but the club also liaise with other local professional clubs, providing opportunities and experiences to the benefit of our players to enhance their progression. Regular games against the likes of Cambridge United, Leyton Orient, Southend United, Colchester United and Stevenage are arranged throughout the season to ensure the players are challenged and are exposed to the highest level of football.

With this in mind Needham Market FC are keen to be considered as a suitable option for aspiring footballers and will be hosting a series of trials over the Summer (subject to limitations of COVID-19). Due to current restrictions it is most important to make you aware of this exciting development and opportunity but also for players to register their initial interest where we can then keep you updated as things progress over the coming weeks and months.

Please click here to express your interest

If you have any questions please contact Robert Peace (Operations & Academy Director) via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 07738084223.