About Us

The Balderstone family has been involved in professional sport since 1958. Chris Balderstone was one of the last dual professional sportsmen. He playing cricket for Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England, helping Leicestershire to the County Championship in 1975, 3 Benson & Hedges Cup medals and 2 John Player League titles. In his football career he made 566 appearances for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queen of the South, playing in England's top flight for Carlisle.

His son Michael Balderstone, the Founder of BSI, played professional golf in UK and Europe before embarking on a 20+ year PGA elite golf coaching career in UK, USA and South Africa. Michael has been recognised as a PGA Master Professional for his contribution to golf. In 2004 Michael established The Golf School of Excellence (now BSI Golf), 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.

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.

BSI Football was added to the academy portfolio and the success has been tremendous. As with BSI Golf, we prioritise a world class standard of coaching and player support, as well creating multiple pathways and opportunities for our players across the world.

In addition to high school and tertiary education solutions for athletes across multiple sports, BSI also provides athletic training for any sports 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.

Sports Academies

BSI’s current sports academy portfolio in Johannesburg includes BSI Golf, BSI Football, BSI Fitness, and BSI Athletes, plus a golf academy franchise named TGSE Cape Town.


Our Values



Continual Growth

Positive Energy


Our Advisory Board

Michael Balderstone

Founder & Managing Director

Michael is the Founder of BSI. He is an Advanced Fellow with the PGA of South Africa.

Renee Reinecke

Sports Scientist

Renee qualified in 2009 with Sport Science Honours and Sport Psychology undergrad.

Mark Fairbank

Head of Performance (BSI Golf) & Mental Coach

Mark's mental coaching combines his psychology training and competitive experience on the IGT Pro Tour.

Zeca Marques

Technical Director (BSI Football)

Zeca is a UEFA Pro Licensed Coach, the highest qualification available worldwide. He regularly returns to Europe for learning & interacting with leading coaches.

Zac van Heerden

Exercise Physiologist

Zac is an experienced practitioner in sports medicine. He has worked in football with the SA National Team, Bidvest Wits, Supersport United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows.

Tania Kapp

Performance Nutritionist

Tania, a qualified pharmacist and nutritionist is dedicated to creating an awareness of the key aspects and importance of intelligent nutrition & exercise.

Paul Mackenzie

Elite Golf Coach

Paul has been a PGA Professional since he was 17. After 7 years of tournament golf, he worked as a club professional in Central Europe for 20 years.