Introduction to Sports Massage Training


Not sure whether sports massage therapy is for you? Here you can find out more about training to become a sports massage therapist



Many of our students enrol straight away onto our Level 3 sports massage course, but there are often many questions you may want answered before you enrol. Here you can either read more about and gain a better understanding of soft tissue therapy/sports massage, who recognises it, the levels of training, how long it all takes, and much more, or attend our 1 Day Introductory Course in Sports Massage - see below. 

Levels of Training


There are three levels of nationally recognised awards in soft tissue therapy. Achieving Level 3 will allow you to work on uninjured tissue so you will be able to help prevent injury and enhance performance. You will learn about professionalism, ethics, insurance, anatomy and physiology, palpation, massage techniques, their effects and how to adapt these for a range of client types, and in different situations such as clinical, pre and post competition.


You must complete Level 3 before moving to Level 4, when you will study more about the effects of trauma and overuse on soft tissues, a broader range of assessment techniques, client analysis, plus more advanced manual therapy techniques designed to further enhance physical well-being, and encourage recovery from injury.


At Level 5, you will expand your range of skills and knowledege still further to become a more diverse and accomplished practitioner. You will be learn more about injuries, specialised client assessments, treatment planning and rehabilitation.



Recognised Qualifications

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. Ofqual is an independent body reporting directly to parliament.

In October 2015, Ofqual officially launched the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

"The framework should help people understand all the qualifications we regulate, general and vocational in England, and vocational in Northern Ireland, and how they relate to each other. Its intention is to improve consistency around how awarding organisations describe the size and challenge, or demand, of the qualifications they offer." Ofqual 

You should choose a course that carries a nationally regulated qualification on the RQF. This will mean your training will culminate in gaining a qualification by one of several awarding organisations such as Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT). Upon successful completion of your Level 3 training you should be eligible to be insured for professional indemnity and public liability insurance.


Achieving the Sports Therapy UK Sports Massage Practitioner Diploma will also gain you the VTCT Sports Massage Level 4 Award, a regulated qualification on Ofqual’s national framework. On achieving this qualification you will be eligible to become a Full Member with The Sports Massage Association.


Choose the right provider as there are a number of available sports massage courses that claim to be registered Level 4, or Level 5 qualifications. Be sure to check the status of these before registering. We can guarantee the regulated status of our qualifications and the significant currency that these carry across Europe.


Professional Organisations


The Sports Massage Association are the recognised membership body for this form of manual therapy in the UK. They provide a range of benefits and protect the interests of their members who may become eligible to join at varying levels depending on qualifications and experience. 


What should training consist of?


All worthwhile course will comprise both extensive theory and a range of practical skills. Training will take place over an extended period for good reasons. There is much to learn and the manual skills taught take time to develop. 


Our Courses

We constantly strive to provide high standards of training. Our flexible training options, recognised awards, experienced tutors and long-term reputation appeal to people of all ages, and from all backgrounds - check out our video above to see some of our student's stories. We look forward to supporting you and helping you achieve your aspirations.


Our Training Venue

We have 2 lecture rooms and 2 treatment clinics at our training venue, BeActive Clinic in the centre of Hertford, Herts. This pretty town has excellent transport links and local amenities making your stay on our courses that much more enjoyable.


Our Guarantee

We offer a 'no quibble' course guarantee, offering you the comfort of knowing that if you're not happy with the course, you can get a refund and avoid wasting your time and effort on a course that's not right for you - please see our Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage course page for further details.


Our gurantee applies to full courses only and does not apply to the Introductory Day below.


1 Day Introduction to Sports Massage

Why not try out our courses by attending this One Day Introduction to Sports Massage? We will guide you through some key concepts behind sports massage and instruct you on some  hands-on skills included below.


  • Sports Massage Explained
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Course Structure and Requirements
  • History Taking and Communication
  • Anatomical Language
  • Joints and Actions
  • Bony Prominences and Palpation
  • Sports Massage - some basic techniques


Registration 9.30 am – Course close at 5.00pm.

You will also receive a Certificate of Attendance by Sports Therapy UK


Course Fee: £85.00   inc VAT.

This includes Course Notes and Light Refreshments.


Course Progression:

This is the first day of the Certificate Course in Sports Massage so if you choose to enrol on the full Level 3 Certificate course in Sports Massage within 6 months, you will be credited with £85 against your course fee. You may continue your training on the next available course.


Alternatively, you may return on a later course and attend the full weekend at the start of another course.


Course Dates:

Friday July 28 FULL

Friday October 20


Friday Nov 24



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Please click below and complete the online booking form whereupon we will confirm receipt and your place on the course.


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Once we receive your application and payment, we will reply within 2 working days to confirm your place and provide you with course instructions and guidance notes.


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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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