8 years of developing a sports and Leisure

facility for local people

The premises have been developed over the last few years by the owner Glen Moulds who had always wanted his own Academy to train his elite athlets from the karate Club.


The buildings were originally empty breezeblock pig sheds and it took Glen 9 months to personally build and develop the 2 units.

Unit 1 hosts the main reception, office, toilets and showers, bar, restaurant and the main studio which is used by the karate club (see menu under sports) and the Kendo club.


Unit 2 hosts the 24 hour Life Fitness gym and our second air conditioned , mirrored studio which is available for hire and currently home to a dance school.


The Academy boasts an archery range and air rifle club range.  


The Academy is also home to The Great Barrow Challenge an annual event held in June  which involves running 10 marathons (26.2 miles) or 10 Ultra's (32 miles) in 10 days, other 4 and single days are also available as are several half marathons. See GBC on the menu above which will also give you details of our Christmas event.


It is also the home to Homegrown Music Festival which is held every year. Thousands of music loving fans emerge on the grounds for a super weekend of live music and partying. See festival on the menu above


The Academy recently opened its own Caravan Park under the Caravan Club. This 'certified location' accepts only caravan club members and is ideally located for easy access to Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Cambridge


The Suffolk Academy is also an ideal wedding venue being opposite the beautiful 1000 year old village church.


Welcome to the Suffolk Academy

Telephone: 01284 810446



The Suffolk Academy (formerly the Academy Health and Fitness Centre) sits in 8 acres of sports field on the outskirts of the village of Barrow, just 8 miles from Bury St Edmunds and within easy driving distance of Cambridge, Newmarket and Ipswich.