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.
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.
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.