Qualified massage therapist working with a client on HFE's sport massage courses
HFE's leading sports massage tutor working with a client on course
Qualified massage therapist working with a client on HFE's sport massage courses

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Sports Massage Courses and Qualifications

We're setting the benchmark by creating the industry's best sports massage therapists and bodywork experts.

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Sports Massage Diplomas

Take sports massage further by combining our most popular courses and benefit from exclusive content and more

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Sports Massage Courses and CPD

Take a step by step approach to becoming a sports massage therapist or upskill with CPD

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Sports Massage Diplomas

Your direct route to sports massage success. Expertly-delivered courses, cutting-edge content, interest-free payment plans and hands-on training at a nationwide venue.

  • Essentials Sports Massage Therapist

    £1250.00

    A perfect introduction to the world of sports massage and manual therapy techniques.

    Qualified sports massage therapist working with a client

    Courses

    • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
      • Anatomy for Sports Massage

    Key Content

    • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Sports Massage
    • Soft Tissue Injury and Dysfunction
    • Massage and Stretch Techniques for Specific Muscles
    • Planning and Evaluating Sports Massage
    • Principles and Benefits of Massage Techniques
    • History and Development of Sports Massage
    • Massage Environments and Equipment

    Extras

    • 25% Songbird Naturals discount
    • CV Connect
    • Discounted REPs membership
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 10-12 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £1187.50 5% discount £62.50
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £195 and 5 x £191 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £1250
    • Military approved

      Enhanced Learning Credits Resettlement Contact our Careers Team for more information
  • Sports Massage and Personal Training

    £2715.00

    Discover how to expertly support your clients with their exercise goals and in their recovery with this diploma.

    Qualified sports massage therapist working on the legs of an athlete client

    Courses

    • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
      • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate
      • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
    • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
      • Anatomy for Sports Massage

    Key Content

    • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Sports Massage
    • Advanced Gym-Based Training and Programming Methods
    • Nutrition for Exercise, Health and Fitness
    • Business Acumen for Personal Trainers
    • Core Stability, Flexibility and Mobility Training
    • Soft Tissue Injury and Dysfunction
    • Massage and Stretch Techniques for Specific Muscles

    Extras

    • 25% Songbird Naturals discount
    • CV Connect
    • Discounted REPs membership
    • 12 months ongoing career support
    • 22-44 weeks to qualify
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    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £2579.25 5% discount £135.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £415 and 5 x £410 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £2715
    • 12 month payment plan

      1 x £210 and 11 x £205 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £2715
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Sports Massage Exclusives

Launch your SM career with discounts on massage wax and accessories, and hand-picked job opportunities.

  • Songbird Naturals have partnered with HFE on their sports massage courses Songbird Naturals are proud supporters of HFE's sports massage courses

    Exclusive 25% Discount

    HFE sports massage students and graduates get 25% off a range of massage products when they create a Songbird account.

  • CV is HFE's flagship recruitment solution for graduates CV is HFE's flagship recruitment solution for graduates

    Get Connected

    Using CV Connect is as simple as uploading your CV, selecting the employers in your area and pressing send.

  • HFE graduates receive 12 months on-going career support

    12 Months of Expert Guidance

    The course is over but support continues, we're here to offer 12 months ongoing career advice if you need it.

One Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Whether you're planning on working on a self-employed basis for a health club operator or sports team, there's never a shortage of opportunities for skilled massage therapists.

HFE graduates work with David Lloyd clubs across the countryHFE graduates work at Nuffield Health facilities across the countryHFE graduates work at Bannatyne gyms and health clubs across the country
HFE graduates work with leading budget gym chain Xercise4LessHFE graduates work with popular fitness brand PureGym

FAQs

From venues to practical skills, we've answered the most frequently asked questions about our sports massage courses.

Do you run sports massage courses near me?

For maximum flexibility, our courses utilise the blended learning model. This involves a period of home study which incorporates access to our online student platform LES (the Learner Engagement System), revising from your bespoke manuals and access via phone and email to your personal support tutor.

During this time, you'll also experience practical training at a leading health and fitness facility in the UK.

Currently, we deliver our sports massage courses in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff at David Lloyd, Village Gym and Bannatyne clubs. Over the coming months, we also have plans to add even more venues.

A full list of venues, including their facilities and accessibility, as well as travel information, can be found on Venues page.

How do I become a sports massage therapist?

The big question. The simple answer is, to become a fully qualified sports massage therapist you'll need the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage. This can either be done standalone or combined with the Level 3 Personal Training Diploma to create the Sports Massage and Personal Training package.

In our experience, sports massage is an incredibly rewarding on its own, but many fitness professionals choose to combine it with our disciplines. The most popular is personal training, but yoga and Pilates are also viable professions to combine sports massage with.

To discover more about the profession of sports massage and the qualities you'll need to possess before embarking on a rewarding journey, you can read our in-depth career guide.

What conditions can you treat with sports massage?

Sports massage is highly effective at treating soft tissue injuries and dysfunction. It's this broad application that keeps massage therapists well employed and allows them to help a wide variety of people in a range of situations.

A few commonly occurring injuries are shin splints, tennis elbow, rotator cuff impingement, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our course is designed to educate you about these various conditions and most importantly, will empower you to diagnose the condition and deliver an effective plan of action for treatment.

What opportunities are available after I complete my course?

As soon as you complete your sports massage course, you'll unlock CV Connect within LES. This game-changing platform directly connects you with the country's biggest active leisure employers including Pure Gym, David Lloyd, JD Gyms, Life Fitness, Nuffield Health and hundreds more.

All you need to do is polish and upload your CV, select the employers you'd like to work with and that's it. We'll pass your CV along and if employers like what they see, they'll contact you directly.

The freelance, self-employed route is also incredibly viable. As a qualified therapist, you could set up your own practice or clinic or work for an existing establishment. There's also a great demand for therapists to assist with competitive athletic events, such as marathons, triathlons and even Ironman.

Do I need any prior qualifications?

One of the many appealing aspects of a career in massage therapy is that there are no formal entry requirements. Essentially, everything you need to set you up for a successful career will be taught to you on course and provided in our learning materials.

It would be desirable if you did possess a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification (either Gym or Exercise to Music), but it's by no means a deal-breaker.

Our team of expert support tutors are here to help you, regardless of your prior experience or knowledge.

What type of support can I expect while studying sports massage?

We pride ourselves on delivering learner support without limits. Firstly, our Learner Engagement System has been built from the ground up with you in mind. You'll find a wealth of practice quizzes and innovative video lectures to guide you. This system is available 24 hours a day, 7-days a week and it can be accessed from any browser or device.

When you enrol you'll be assigned a dedicated support tutor. From Monday to Friday, they'll be available via email or phone to answer questions, guide your learning and hone your sports massage knowledge. This support is flexible, so it can be on an ad hoc basis or you'll be able to book in regular calls.

The important thing to remember is that you're never on your own when you're studying with HFE.

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  • James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

    "HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider, without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

    James Crossley

    (Hunter from Gladiators)

  • "The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1"

    Laura Massaro

    (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)

  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

    "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

    Holly Bradshaw

    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

  • "HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

    Kardy Laguda

    (International Fitness Presenter)

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Fantastic course content. Loved the practical days for the L3 Exercise Referral Course led by a very knowledgeable, fun and engaging tutor! Had an amazing support tutor as well that was there to help whenever needed! Highly recommend courses with HFE!

    Adi Shah

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Can not thank HFE enough for all of the support throughout the past 4 months. The learning material is fab and the tutors and assessors are approachable and supportive.

    halseykelly1976

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I have just completed my Exercise To Music course with HFE and I honestly can't fault them. I decided to go with HFE after doing lots of research into different ETM courses, however; the reason I chose them was because they had a course when I wanted, it was the cheapest and it was in a good location...

    lgxlamo

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I found the whole experience of following the Gym Instructor training easy to navigate and well supported. Admin staff were efficient in getting me signed onto the course and getting materials out in a timely fashion and the support tutors were enthusiastic, attentive and knowledgeable throughout.

    Dianne Harris

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