Our History

The Balderstone family has been involved in professional sport since 1958. Chris Balderstone was one of the last professional dual sportsmen, playing cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire until he was 46 years old as well as playing 2 tests for England against the West Indies in 1976.  In his football career he played for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queen of the South.

JC Balderstone Cricket     JCB 1


His son Michael Balderstone, Founder of BSI, played professional golf in Europe before embarking on a 20+ year PGA elite golf coaching career in UK, USA and South Africa. In 2004 Michael established The Golf School of Excellence, which was the first elite performance golf academy in South Africa. Four years later an education component was added, providing students with alternative career paths to competing professionally.  To date the academy has produced many professional tournament winners in South Africa and beyond, as well as launching international careers for dozens of graduates in the golf industry.

Michael Balderstone PGA Full



It was this model of combining elite performance coaching and education that lead to the formation of the Balderstone Sports Institute, to enable athletes in all sports to commit to demanding competitive schedules and training regimes without their education suffering.

In addition to high school and tertiary education solutions for athletes, BSI also provides performance training at our various sports academies and consultancy services to individuals, teams and federations.


Our Purpose

To provide an environment of excellence that encourages the development of each and every student to his or her full potential, in sports performance, education, personal development, and in preparation for life. To be a hotbed of talent development. To train and produce champions. To develop leaders and positive contributors to society.


Our Values

  • Commitment
  • Excellence
  • Continual Growth
  • Positive Energy
  • Family


Staff & Advisory Board

Michael Balderstone
Barry Mocke
Renee Reinecke
Mark Fairbank                                                                                          Zeca Marques
Zac van Heerden
Prof Wim Hollander
Paul Mackenzie
Tania Kapp
Geraldine Pillay

Performance Director, PGA Advanced Fellow Professional
Sports Management & Administration Specialist
Sport Scientist/Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Mental Coach                                                                                                                                              BSI Football Technical Director (UEFA Pro Licensed Coach)
Medical Biological Scientist (Exercise Physiology), Sandton Sports Medicine
Head of Sports Management, University of Johannesburg
Elite Golf Coach
Performance Nutritionist

Olympic Sprinter/Sprinting Coach