Level 3 Sports Massage Course


We offer flexible, affordable sports massage courses and train our students to levels that exceeds industry benchmarks. Our friendly team are always on hand to support our students both during the course and beyond.


Level 3 Sports Massage Course


The Sports Therapy UK Level 3 Sports Massage Course combines scientific theory and extensive practical training. The course was written and developed by Tim Paine, founder of Sports Therapy UK, and his book The Complete Guide to Sports Massage is the core text for this course.

During the course you will be guided on all aspects of functional anatomy, physiology, and how to recognise common sports injuries. For the practical training you will learn skills and techniques that will enable you to plan, prepare, and apply sports massage therapy to prevent injury and improve performance.

Recognition and Awards

Upon successfully completing all elements of our Level 3 sports massage course you will receive:

  • A VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma
  • A Sports Therapy UK Certificate

Our course is also endorsed by The Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs)

With your level 3 sports massage qualification, a current first aid certificate and professional indemnity insurance you will be able to work either part or full-time as a sports massage therapist. You will have the confidence and the skills to practice in a safe and professional manner, helping prevent injury and enhance the physical wellbeing of active people, whatever their age.

Flexible Award Programme

We are the only private training organisation in the UK offering separate Level 3 and Level 4 sports massage qualifications. You can choose to continue straight onto our Level 4 course or you can benefit from our unique Flexible Award Programme which allows you to take a break before continuing onto Level 4.

After completing your Level 3 Sports Massage Course you can enhance your learning and client base by continuing onto our Level 4 Sports Massage course, which will give you the skills and knowledge to assess and treat injuries.


Entry Requirements

To join our sports massage course you must be over 18 years old, physically able to do the work and have good communication skills. All study materials will be provided to help you prepare for the practical training.

Course Syllabus


  • Client Care

Equipment & Safety ♦ Defining boundaries for Sports Massage ♦ Communication and History Taking ♦ Client Comfort and Reassurance ♦ Sports Massage Benefits and Precautions.

  • Client Assessment and Treatment

Principles of Rehabilitation ♦ Musculo-skeletal Imbalances ♦ Sports Massage Techniques ♦ Assessing Posture and Joint Ranges ♦ Palpation & Surface anatomy ♦ Soft Tissue Conditions ♦ Sports Massage Techniques ♦ Treatment Planning and Management.

  • The Theory of Sports Massage

Soft Tissue Repair ♦ Science and Application of Stretching ♦ Tissue Types and Behaviour ♦ Common Sporting Conditions & Injuries ♦ Sports Massage and Improving Performance.

  • Sports Massage Ethics and Accepted Practice

Keeping Records ♦ Code of Conduct ♦ Industry Standards ♦ Insurance to Practice ♦ Setting up and building a successful Practise ♦ Working at Events ♦ Working with Other Professionals in Healthcare.

This course content is also a prerequisite and therefore forms the start of the Diploma Level 4 course - see Flexible Award Programme above.

Course Benefits 


  • Structured home study
  • High quality practical training
  • Video demonstrations of skills for added support
  • Academic support by phone, email, and post
  • Online library of Learning Resources
  • VTCT Lifetime Membership
  • VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Award
  • Sports Therapy UK Certificate
  • Option to progress straight to Level 4 - see Flexible Award Programme above


Course Structure 


  • Home Study


Home Study - including Sports Massage textbook and Anatomy & Physiology on-line resources, plus Study Guide


  • Practical Training - Weekend or Intensive


Practical Training is delivered either over 4 weekends or 5 + 3 days for our Intensive Course, with expert tutors and practitioners.


Our courses are designed to fit in with other activities and work commitments. We hold two types of practical training – weekend or intensive sports massage courses that run from 9.00am to 5.30pm.

The weekend sports massage course is run over 4 weekends (approximately 1 weekend per month). The intensive sports massage course is conducted over 5 consecutive days and is followed by a long weekend (3 days) 10 to 12 weeks later. This allows time for practice and further learning before completing the reaminder of the course syllabus, revision and final assessment over the final 3 days. There will also be an opportunity to enrol on a supervised Level 3 study day part way through the break to help with your studies and practical skills. 

We pride ourselves on the quality of our sports massage course and ensure that students train to standards that exceed industry benchmarks, giving them the confidence to practice as competent sports massage therapists.

You will receive 60-67 contact hours through the practical training which is structured to achieve a balance between demonstrations, practical sessions and lectures, putting particular emphasis on student participation and tutor guidance.

You can expect to be learning with between 6 and 16 students. For classes of over 14 students two tutors will be present.


Please note that the intensive sports massage course will comprise of 5 consecutive days, followed by a final practical training period of 3 days over a long weekend 10 to 12 weeks later, allowing time for practice and further learning. 


1 Day Introduction to Sports Massage 


If you would prefer to attend an Introductory course to Sports Massage, we offer a 1 day course which will tell you more about the course, and allow you to try some basic techniques to see if the course is right for you. To see full details of available dates and how to book, please go to our webpage Introduction to Sports Massage


Meet the Team

Our team of sports massage tutors are experienced lecturers and trainers who also actively practice sports massage therapy. The Sports Therapy UK team has been put together by founder Tim Paine, who also wrote and developed the Sports Therapy UK course and has written The Complete Guide To Sports Massage that is used as a core text. Tim, along with Jade Revell, also act as consultants for awarding organisations who set standards in sports massage therapy. 

Meet the whole team > 


Assignments & Exams




An assessment of your practical skills will be made during your practical training. A record of assessment book will show details of this and all practical assignments as they are completed. Soon after starting your practical training you will be encouraged to practise your sports massage skills on family and friends and to record your findings on all treatments carried out.


Work Log and Case Study

A work log, record of assessment cards and case study relating to treatments you have carried out must be carefully recorded and submitted as part of your course work. Full details of all requirements relating to these assignments will be contained in your course record and discussed further during your practical training. Sports Therapy UK organise frequent participation at sporting events for sports massage therapists.


Field Experience

Once you have passed your practical assessment you will be required to attend at least one competitive sporting event to provide pre and post competition sports massage. We organise participation at a range of sporting events e.g. the London Marathon and invite our students to attend under supervision and with support. This field experience is invaluable and always provides a great boost to confidence.


Theory Examinations

Once you have completed the practical training you may apply to sit the theory examination on any of the dates offered in February, June, or October each year. There is one multiple choice paper on Anatomy and Physiology. Fees for examinations and assessments are included, although fees will be charged for any possible retakes at the time of sitting. 

NEXT EXAMS - 22nd October 2017, 28th January 2018, 29th April 2018, 22nd July 2018 and 28th October 2018


Course Dates & Location

Our practical training courses are held at the BeActive Clinic, Hertford near London. There is easy access from the A10 and A1 motorway and the venue is only 20 miles from both Stansted and Luton airports.

For anyone travelling by train, we are less than a mile from Hertford North train station – a regular service departs from London Kings Cross and takes between 48-56 minutes. 

We can provide a list of recommended and affordable accommodation options.


Weekend Training 2017 - 2018

Our weekend training comprises of home study and four practical training weekends over a 3-4 month period. Our next courses are:


  • May 27-28  ♦  Jun 24-25  ♦  Jul 8-9   ♦  Aug 12-13   FULL
  • Jul 1-2  ♦  Jul 29-30  ♦  Sept 2-3   ♦  Sept 30-Oct 1   FULL
  • Sept 9-10   ♦  Oct 7-8  ♦  Nov 4-5 ♦  Dec 2-3   FULL
  • Oct 21-22  ♦  Nov 11-12  ♦  Dec 9-10   ♦  Jan (2018) 6-7
  • Nov 25-26  ♦  Dec 16-17  ♦   Jan (2018) 20-21   ♦    Feb 17-18


Intensive Training 2017

Our intensive sports massage course comprises of home study and a 5 day intensive course followed by a long weekend (3 days) training 10 to 12 weeks later, allowing you time to practice and consolidate your learning. Our next course dates are:


  • Jun 26-30  and  Sept 16-18  FULL
  • Aug 7-11  and  Nov 3-5   FULL
  • Oct 23-27  and  Jan (2018) 26-28 FULL
  • Nov 27-Dec 1 and Feb (2018) 23-25

If the above dates are not suitable, we do offer a full programme throughout the year - contact us to register your interest. As there is high demand for our courses, we regret that you cannot mix dates from different courses as this means taking 2 course places - one from each course.


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Course Fees, Interim Payments and Other Costs

To secure your place on the course the course fees may be paid as set out below.


Due to our reduced costs for delivering the practical training on weekdays instead of weekends we are able to offer a £90 reduction in course fees for this option. This will automtically be adjusted when you select your course dates.

 Intensive (5 days + long weekend)
1.  In Full - £1040
2.  By deposit of £380 plus payment of £660 before the start of the course 
3.  By deposit of £380, plus three monthly interim payments of £220.
 4 Weekends
1.  In Full - £1130
2.  By deposit of £380 plus payment of £750 before the start of the course
3.  By deposit of £380, plus three monthly interim payments of £250.


Please note that your deposit is non-refundable. If you start your practical training and then withdraw from the course you will still be liable for the full course fee. 



Combining Levels 3 and 4


If you wish to combine your training for Levels 3 and 4 consecutively and enrol on both courses, there will be an overall reduced fee of £2,890. You may enrol on both courses by paying either:


1. In full upon enrolment.
2. By deposit of £420 plus payment of £2,470 before the start of the course, or
3. By deposit of £420, plus ten monthly interim payments of £247.


Please note that there is a minimum requirement to pass your practical assessment and viva at the end of Level 3, in order to progress to Level 4.



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Equipment and other costs


Student insurance cover to practice whilst studying is available, although you will be covered by Sports Therapy UK insurance whilst under the direct tutelage of our tutors.  

To set up as an independent sports massage therapist you will need to purchase a portable couch and sundry items, and hold a current recognised first aid certificate. A one day First Aid at Work qualification is normally the minimum requirement to be eligible to practice and costs may vary according to the provider.


If you buy a good quality couch and accessories, you may expect to spend a total of £300, although costs can be reduced significantly by shopping around for cheaper alternatives. Full guidance towards purchasing the right equipment will be given at the start of your practical training.


Course Guarantee


For those starting a Level 3 course, we appreciate you may be uncertain about training with us and so we offer a 'no-quibble' money-back guarantee.


If you are not completely satisfied with the standards of training and course materials offered, Sports Therapy UK will refund all course fees paid, less an administration fee of £90. This guarantee will be honoured if notification and reasons are received in writing within 48 hours of completing the first 2 days of your practical training. The refund will be made within 14 days of your written claim and from when all course textbooks have been returned in a resalable condition to Sports Therapy UK.

Loyalty & Other Discounts

Once enrolled as a student of our full Level 3 Certificate or Level 4 Diploma courses you will be entitled to a discount of 25% as part of our Customer Loyalty Scheme when progressing onto any of our CPD/Level 5 modules.

We also offer discount terms for bookings of more than one person – please contact us for more details. Note: you may use only one available discount for each course.

Ready to Enrol?

Please complete the online booking form to book your place on your chosen course dates. You will receive a confirmation of booking and we will then be in touch by phone or email to organise the next steps.

If you have any questions, email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us 01438 718755.


Ways to Learn

Practical Training Options:


  • 7 Day Intensive or
  • 4 Weekends

Course Location



We run our courses from the BeActive Clinic in Hertford, near London. Easy access by car and train and only 20 miles from both Luton and Stansted airports.


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Upcoming Course Dates


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VTCT Course


  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma
  • Sports Therapy UK Certificate

Course Fees


> From £1040 to £1130


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We run our courses from the BeActive Clinic in Hertford, near London. Easy access by car and train and only 20 miles from both Luton and Stansted airports.


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View our Course Calendar




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