• Learn Sports Massage
    With Sports Therapy UK

  • VTCT Accredited
    and Nationally Recognised

  • Loyalty
    Discounts Available

  • Flexible, Affordable Sports Therapy Training
    to Levels that Exceed Industry Benchmarks.

  • Our Friendly Team are Always on Hand
    to Support our Students Both During
    the Course and Beyond.

  • Our Level 3 Course now
    includes FREE LCSP Membership
    and 1 Years Student Insurance

Level 3 Sports Massage Course

The Sports Therapy UK Level 3 Sports Massage Course leads to a nationally recognised VTCT qualification and 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.


Upon achieving this award you will be qualified to carry out verbal, physical and observational assessments, analyse your results and plan your treatments to meet the needs of each individual client. Your treatment strategies will be enhanced by your ability to advise clients on activities, exercise and stretching to extend the benefits derived from your soft tissue techniques.

You will be able to treat muscle and postural imbalances, strains, tight muscles, delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS), stress and vocational related tension, plus other conditions. Your aims will include reducing muscle tension, discomfort, oedema, increasing joint ranges, mobility, posture, and exercise performance.


Key Points -  By enrolling on this course you will receive: 


  • A total of 8 days Practical Training including use of all Equipment
  • Supported Self study including Online Resources plus
  • Text book, Course Notes, Audio Presentations and Video demonstrations
  • VTCT nationally recognised and Accredited Qualification
  • Option and flexibilty to progress straight to Level 4
  • A choice of Insurance Policies for professional practice
  • Interest Free Payment Plan options for course fees
  • Loyalty Discount to continue your studies and professional development



  • 12 months Student Insurance cover for £1 million
  • 12 months Student Membership to join the LCSP Register of Remedial Masseurs & Manipulative Therapists

Membership includes access to:

Website, Blogs and Online Resources

Education and CPD Courses

Newsletters with latest news

LCSP Register of Manual Therapists

Business Support

Members Forum




Course Details

Course Costs
Flexible Awards & Discounts
Recognition & Awards
Course Dates
Course Syllabus
Assignments & Exams
Course Structure

Course 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 automatically be adjusted when you select your course dates.

Interest Free interim payment scheme available below:

Intensive (5 days + long weekend)
1. In Full - £1589
2. By deposit of £395 plus payment of £1194 before the start of the course
3. By deposit of £395, plus three consecutive monthly payments of £398.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate

4 Weekends
1. In Full - £1697
2. By deposit of £395 plus payment of £1302 before the start of the course
3. By deposit of £395, plus three consecutive monthly payments of £434.
All prices quoted include V.A.T. at the current rate

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.


Equipment and other costs

Student insurance cover for £1 million for 12 months is included enabli8ng you to practice whilst studying, although you will be covered by Sports Therapy UK insurance whilst under the direct tutelage of our tutors.  


Student membership to the LCSP Register of Manual Therapists for 12 months is also included providing you with extensive benefits whilst training.

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.


Flexible Award Programme
and Level 4 Discount


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 in Sports Massage

Qualifications from Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) are regulated on Ofqual’s National Framework. We can guarantee the regulated status of our qualifications and the significant currency that these carry across Europe. Our course covers a breadth of training that incorporates all of the VTCT criteria and thereby leads to the 2 awards listed above.

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.

Upon successfully completing the VTCT award you will be eiligble:
To apply to upgrade to full membership of The LCSP Register of Manual Therapists and the same for your student insurance cover.


You will also be eligible to join the Sports Therapy Association.





Course Progression


How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.



Course Dates

Our practical training courses are held at our sister company, 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.

Weekday Intensive Training
Our intensive sports massage course comprises of home study and a 5 day intensive course followed by 3 days training 10 to 12 weeks later, allowing you time to practice and consolidate your learning.

Weekend Training
Our weekend training comprises of home study and four practical training weekends over a 3-4 month period.

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.


Course Calendar

See our course calendar for upcoming course dates

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Course Progression


How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.



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 forms the start of the Level 4 sports massage course – see Flexible Awards programme.

Here is a table showing the VTCT Units, titles and credit values which combine to form the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

VTCT Code Ofqual unit reference Unit title Credit Value GLH Level
USP41 J/506/7220 Anatomy and physiology for sports massage 10 70 3
USP42 R/506/7222 Principles of Health & Fitness 3 20 2
USP43 Y/506/7223 Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction 3 15 3
USP44 D/506/7224 Professional practice in sports massage 5 30 3
USP45 T/506/7228 Sports massage treatments 16 90 3

 The Level 3 qualification will provide an excellent platform to start your business from, and to progress to more advanced awards such as our Diploma course. 


Course Benefits

  • Structured home study
  • High quality practical training
  • Video demonstrations of skills for added support
  • The Complete Guide to Sports Massage texbook included
  • Academic support by phone, email & post
  • Canvas online mamagement learner system, plus phone app and group contact
  • Students subscription to Co-Kinetic -sports massage articles and research
  • Open invitation to attend events providing sports massage with our teams
  • Online library of Learning Resources
  • VTCT Lifetime Membership
  • VTCT Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma
  • Sports Therapy UK Certificate
  • Eligible to join The Sports Therapy Assoc.
  • Option to progress straight to Level 4 - see Flexible Award Programme


Flexible Award Programme
and level 4 Discount




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.
Case Study

Record of assessment cards and a 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

There is one multiple choice paper on Anatomy and Physiology which is taken by all students on the final part of your practical training.The fees for all examinations and assessments are included, although fees will be charged for any possible retakes at the time of sitting and these are offered in January, April, July or October each year.
Course Completion
All exams and course assignments must be completed within 8 months of the final day of your practical training. This will allow you to structure your home study and practise alongside other commitments you may have, and to successfully achieve your award.

All Exams and Assignments
All exams and assignments are either scheduled within the practical training, or for submission within your course completion time. Possible retakes may be taken on the exam dates shown on our Course Dates Calendar webpage.


Exam and Practical Assessment Retakes
If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt for either of the above, please go to Practical Assessment and Exams  for further information and booking form. Please see the foot of the Course Dates webpage for final submission dates for applications.

Learner Evidence Record

This task related home study assignment may be completed at your own pace.
Supported Self Study Day
The day will be structured according to the needs of those students attending, so we begin the day with a brief group discussion where we list all the topics and skills ‘requested’ by each of the participants.

Our tutor will then structure a day balanced between instruction and practical demonstrations considering as many of, or all the listed requests. Each student may then choose which parts of the day they wish to participate in with the tutor, and which others they may prefer to leave, and simply continue practising or studying with a partner. So, your Study Day will be exactly that, a day of reviewing specific topics, watching ‘refresher’ demonstrations, revising and practising.
Self enrolment required at BeActive Clinic - go to Supported Self Study Day at foot of page - https://beactive.pike13.com/offerings


Gain Sports Massage Experience at major sports events


Course Progression


How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.



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

Flexible Award Programme

Our Flexible Award programme allows you the best available choices of how and when you wish to progress with your vocational training, culminating in a nationally recognised award on the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF).

We are the only private training organisation in the UK offering separate Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 Sports Massage Qulaifications. Once you finish your Level 3 award, you can choose to continue straight onto our Level 4 course, or you may take a break of up to 18 months before continuing onto Level 4.

After completing your Level 3 Sports Massage Course you can practise professionally, and 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.

Flexible Award Programme and Level 4 Discount

If you complete your VTCT Level 3 Award with Sports Therapy UK and progress to starting Level 4 within two years, you will be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 12.5%. To apply, please select the fees including Loyalty Discount and attach a copy of your VTCT Level 3 Diploma.

To take advantage of this offer you will be required to:

  • Commence any available scheduled Level 4 course within 2 years of the final day of your Level 3 practical training.


  • The saving will be deducted from the balance of your course fees after paying your course deposit.


  • If, for any reason you apply to defer your Level 4 practical training after enrolling on a course, your discount will be revoked.

Finally, once you have completed your Level 4 training you will be eligible for our Loyalty Discount of 25% off all Level 5/CPD modular courses.

Please note this discount is not available with our First Aid course which is already offered at a highly competitive rate.


Try our 1 Day
Introduction Course


If you would prefer to attend our Introduction to Sports Massage, this will let you experience our training, give you more insight to the content and structure of the course, and allow you to try some basic techniques to see if it is right for you.





Course Calendar

See our course calendar for upcoming course dates

View Calendar

Course Progression


How you progress with qualifications once you have passed Level 3 in Sports Massage.



Course Structure

Home Study
To become a competent practitioner it is essential to have a strong understanding of anatomy, physiology, the science underpinning the use of sports massage, and professional codes of practise. Our Home Study programme will require you to study:

·  The Complete Guide to Sports Massage
·  Anatomy & Physiology on-line resources,
·  and Sports Therapy UK Course Notes.

Full details will be available through our Course Study Guide.

Practical Training - Weekend or Weekday Intensive
Number attending each course: up to 14 students

Practical Training is delivered either over 4 weekends or 5 + 3 days for our Weekday 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 weekday 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 weekday intensive sports massage course is conducted over 5 consecutive days and is followed by 3 days 10 to 12 weeks later. This allows time for practice and further learning before completing the remainder 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 14 students. For many of our classes 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 10 to 12 weeks later, allowing time for practice and further learning.


Try our 1 Day
Introduction Course


If you would prefer to attend our Introduction to Sports Massage, this will let you experience our training, give you more insight to the content and structure of the course, and allow you to try some basic techniques to see if it is right for you.





Course Calendar

See our course calendar for upcoming course dates

View Calendar

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