The Golf Academy at Middlesbrough College is based just 15 minutes away, at Stokesley Golf Range.

With instructor James Atthey basing his coaching around the individuality of each player, he prides himself on his multi-disciplined approach that focuses on improving swing technique, mental approach and psychological abilities.

James believes each player has their own individual style, with the academy helping to perfect this.

State-of-the-art facilities and analysis tools support players in identifying their strengths and weaknesses, along with suggested techniques to develop their skills.



Our 5 academy members recently played in the AOC national qualifiers at Forest Park Golf Club, where the top 4 players from the North East region qualified for AOC National College Championship next year. All the qualifying spots were taken by Middlesbrough College Academy players!

Previous Middlesbrough College Golf Academy member, Dan Twiby managed to secure a golf scholarship at a US university.

He joined the Golf Academy playing off a handicap of 9 and reduced this to 2 in his time at the College, helping him with his application to the US.

Dan is now back in the UK and is perusing an apprenticeship to become a PGA Professional Golfer.

One of our current students, Michael Hay is also due to progress to Nova-South Eastern University in Miami with a golf scholarship!


Absolutely! We are proud to have had a Golf Academy member positioned in the top 5 of the AOC National Championships every year in the last 4 years.

Michael Hay: Michael has had a brilliant year having been chosen to represent both Teesside & Yorkshire's Men’s 1st teams. Winning the men’s club championship at Hunley Hall Golf Club, the keen sportsman is playing off a handicap of plus 1, having recently accepted an offer of a US golf scholarship from Nova South-Eastern University where he will be heading to continue his education next Summer.

Daniel Norman: Daniel has been selected to play for both Teesside & Yorkshire boys in the last 12 months and is currently playing off a handicap of 2. Dan also recently won the AOC National qualifier, with golfers from across Northern England.

Sonnie Alder: Sonnie was selected to represent Teesside Boys during 2018, taking part in the majority of matches that took place. Following a good year at his Golf Club Brass Castle, he has successfully reduced his handicap to 7. Next year will be Sonnie's 2nd year playing in the National Championships.

First class coaching, premier practice facilities and state of the art golf analysis technology gives Middlesbrough College Golf Academy members an experience that is second to none.

Students will have unreserved access to the same level of learning and improvement tools typically used by PGA Tour Golf Professionals.

  • A dedicated programme of structured coaching, specifically tailored to the individual student
  • Practice rounds at local golf courses
  • Support with collecting relevant performance data
  • Help with scheduling your competitive season
  • The opportunity to develop your own skills tests and practice sessions
  • Friendly matches with local clubs
  • Entry to national golf tournaments, including transport and accommodation costs
  • Advice regarding, and direct links to professionals, in the following areas: course management, goal setting, golf equipment & custom fitting, golf psychology and golf fitness
  • Help finding golf scholarships and relevant further academic courses, both in the UK and US

Coach bio

James Atthey

Fully qualified Class AA PGA golf professional James Atthey started his training in Spain under the supervision of Philip Murphy (former Head Irish Junior Coach).

James continued his training and became fully qualified at Beedles Lake Golf Club in Leicestershire before playing on both the Euro Pro and Tamsel tours, winning various tournaments throughout the Midlands.

Coaching for over 20 years, he moved to Stokesley Golf Range 12 years ago, supporting the set up of the Middlesbrough College Golf Academy years later.

James has helped numerous juniors achieve places in county and national squads, including boys and girls clubs and county champions.

What our academy students say...

Middlesbrough College Golf Academy Testimonials

Mike Hay
L3 Sport & Exercise Science 

I love that I’m able to combine my hobby alongside my course at the College!

I’m part of the Golf Academy, and thanks to the coaches I’ve been able to really improve over the two years. The teams are quite small so we’re able to get pretty bespoke training and develop our individual needs. We also train two times a week for three hours so it’s easy to fit around studies!

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Lachlan Kennedy
L3 Sports Leadership

When it came to looking at the next step after school, Middlesbrough College really stood out to me as a lot of other courses in the area don’t have an academy!

My course is great and I’ve already found that it’s opened doors for me. I’ve learnt so much from my tutors and alongside the Cricket and Golf Academies, it’s really helped me to hone in on my career aspirations; to become a coach. Overall, the College is great! The facilities are spot on and it’s handy for walking to town on my breaks.