Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy - Performance Training Academy

​Level 3 Diploma in
Sports Massage Therapy

Become an industry recognised Sports Massage Therapist

If you are a fitness professional who is looking to enhance your knowledge and business income, or if you have no previous qualifications in the health and fitness industry, this course will teach you everything you need to be able to offer sports massage treatments to paying clients.



Sports massage is a great addition to any business involving Personal Training, Pilates, or Strength & Conditioning. It so also a very profitable career choice for those who just deliver Sports Massage treatments as the sole entity for their business.


The demand for specialists to treat injuries and aid rehabilitation is no longer just for professional athletes, it is now utilised by every day gym users and by those who are simply active individuals.

If you want to become a Sports Massage Therapist, you can enrol today and start your studies immediately with our online learning platform.

You do not need any previous qualifications to enrol onto this course. This is an excellent qualification for anyone who wants to build their own Sports Massage business, or would like to add a Sports Massage service to their existing fitness business.

Our online learning platform will host the theory content to this qualification, as well as recap lessons and tutorials for the practical skills that are taught on our practical workshops. This ensures that you can start your learning as soon as you enrol, and also gives you a point of reference that you can always refer back to when treating your future clients.


How does it work?

You can start your studies as soon as you enrol, by getting immediate access to our award nominated online learning platform.


Your online student account will host the theory content of your course, all delivered as bitesize video lessons. Units include:


• Sports massage techniques

• Professional practice

• Anatomy & Physiology

• Soft-tissue dysfunction

• and even a full massage tutorial library


Along with hosting your course content, this online platform will become a point of reference for you when it is often needed the most - when you are working with your paying clients as a Sports Massage Therapist.



Complete your studies

To complete your learning, and to cover the all important practical skills, you will be able to attend our esteemed practical workshops.


These workshops are delivered by current fitness professionals, ensuring you learn from those working with their own client base and passing on industry relevant knowledge to benefit you as a Sports Massage Therapist.


If you would like to discuss our course structure in more detail, and the options available to you once you are qualified - you can click on the 'Book consultation' button at the top of this page. 

This is a fully supported course with a structure to suit this qualification

We ensure that our students are not rushed through this great qualification. You will have time to practice your new skills in between tutorial sessions. This allows you to build up a portfolio of work, and then our experienced tutors can answer any questions and give you the relevant feedback to benefit you and your future career.

This ensures that, upon completion of this qualification, you will have the knowledge and confidence to deliver Sports Massage to individuals. As always, our tutors will be on hand to give you ongoing support throughout your studies. 

For a full overview of units covered, and everything you will get as part of your educational package for this course, please read our 'prospectus'



Course overview

This qualification will give you everything that you need to become a recognised Sports Massage Therapist, working as either employed or self-employed. 

This qualification is perfect for those who want to run their own Sports Massage business either from home, in a gym or at a clinic, or for an existing fitness professional (such as a Personal Trainer) to add another service, further knowledge and extra income to their business.


Course structure:

As soon as you enrol, you are given immediate access to our online learning platform and will be contacted by your course support tutor to get you up and running. The online content includes all of the theory content, resources  and assessments required for your course.

To complete your learning, we have practical workshops that you can attend. These are delivered by experienced and leading Sports Massage Therapist, who have their own massage client base - allowing you to learn from their experience and knowledge of the industry and working with clients.


What happens once you are qualified?

As you are working through your studies, your course support tutor will encourage you to start building the foundations for your business. This is not a requirement, but those who do this often complete their qualification with a business brand and paying clients ready to go.

This ensures you can put all of your newly learnt skills and education into practice straight away, and get a return back on the investment you have made in your education. Your course support tutor, will be at hand to get your business set up and your client base growing.

Download our 'Prospectus' for a full breakdown of the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy course structure and timeline to completion, along with how you can start building your business:

Click here to download our Prospectus



Your online learning platform

As soon as you enrol onto this course, you will be given access to our online learning platform. This allows you to start your learning journey straight away from home, and it is fully supported by your own dedicated tutor who will guide you every step of the way.

Your tutor will be in touch as soon as you enrol and will be at hand to support you through your studies, answer any questions, and give clarity on any part of the course. We can even offer regular accountability calls if it helps. Every individual learns in different ways, therefore we are at hand to help and guide you through every step of your learning in a way that suits you. 

Your online content will include units such as Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Massage tutorial videos, Professionalism in your Sports Massage business, and much more.

Ongoing support

Support throughout your studies is of upmost importance to successful course completion, but support when you are building your fitness business and working with paying clients is when support and advice is often needed the most - we take pride in wanting to see all of our students thrive and grow in the industry so the more you stay in touch once you are qualified and take us up on our offer of support the better it is for us.

Your online learning platform doesn't just contain the necessary units to complete the theory side of the course, it also hosts important resources, practical workshop lessons for re-capping and tools to serve you through your studies and forwards into your career as a Personal Trainer, you will have lifelong access to this content.


Download our 'Prospectus' for a further breakdown of the online content, a complete overview of required assessments and to get a good idea of a timeline to completion:

Click here to download your Prospectus



Practical workshops

Our practical workshops are delivered by leading fitness professionals, ensuring that you learn from those who have experience and can pass on their own knowledge on how to apply sports massage techniques to a range of different clients and their needs. 

The practical workshops complete the course content along with the online work. There are five days in total and these are delivered at excellent physio therapy clinics in a variety of different areas in the UK.

On these workshops you will learn how to professionally and competently use sports massage techniques to treat and assist your clients. Giving you the skill set and knowledge to treat individuals in a clinic, at home or at sporting events.

Re-cap these workshops when you need to

A valuable part to this course is the ability for our students to be able to recap what is taught on these workshops whenever they want to, and they can do that by going back to their online student learning platform. All of the content we cover on the workshops has been added into our online classroom style lessons to allow you to re-learn and refresh whenever you need to by accessing the sports massage tutorial library.

Download our 'Prospectus' for a full insight into what is taught on each of our practical workshops, when the next set of course dates will be and how you can reference these workshops even after you are qualified by using your online learning platform:

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It is important when enrolling on to a course that you have a clear timeline to completion and an understanding of what you need to do to pass.

As soon as you enrol, your course support tutor will arrange a call with you so that they can talk you through your assessment plan. This will essentially be your timeline to completion and will set you some motivation with your studies and targets to aim for.

Online assessments

Once you complete a unit online, it can be assessed immediately, allowing you to do the assessment whilst the knowledge is fresh and to save you hanging around for an exam. Our online end-of-unit assessments can all be done from the comfort of your own home when you are ready to do so. Your support tutor will be at hand to help with any revision and to get everything organised for you.

Your anatomy unit will be assessed using a multiple choice exam - this is performed as exam conditions and is also completed from your home. It is an excellent set up that allows you to complete a unit before moving onto the next subject. 

And finally some units will be passed by completing some of your course portfolio which is a case study and online worksheet. Allowing you to apply your newly learnt skills to a real-life client.

Practical assessments

To showcase the knowledge you have learnt from the practical workshops and the online content, as well as allowing you to show us how you will want to be acknowledged as a Sports Massage Therapist, you will build up a course portfolio of a variety of sports massage treatments that can be performed on friends and family.

You course support tutor will be at hand to help with this every step of the way, this stage of your learning reflects who you are as an individual and it builds up your experience, knowledge and confidence in delivering sports massage to a variety of different individuals.

As well as documenting your case studies journey through training and nutrition, you will complete the course by submitting to us a filmed sports massage treatment.

This filmed assessment is again done in your own time and in your own environment, giving a real relaxed sense to the assessment, allowing you to truly be yourself and to also document your transition from study to being a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist.

Download our Prospectus for a full overview of the assessments and what is required to pass them:

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YMCA Approved Centre

Accredited by:

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is governed by YMCA Awards and is industry recognised, both in the United Kingdom and Worldwide, meaning you can work as a SportsMassage Therapist anywhere in the world.
Upon completion of our qualifications, you’ll also be able to gain membership with the standardising body for the Health and Fitness Industry - CIMSPA (previously REPS - The Register of Exercise Professionals).

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What Our Students Are Saying

Melissa Lang

The whole course from start to finish was well prepared and thought through

Ashley is a fantastic teacher. He is friendly, Very knowledgable and down to earth which makes the training a lot more enjoyable.
The whole course from start to finish was well prepared and thought through. Every practical day was great fun and I learnt a lot. I enjoyed meeting the same group of people each time and building lasting friendships. The theory for the course is perfect as you can do it in your own time in and around busy lifestyles which is perfect for some like me with work commitments and 3 children. I continued to finish my level 2 and started my level 3 straight after and I have just competently completed my final exam all thanks to Ashley @ Performance Training Academy!

Joe Hafner

I would recommend Performance Training Academy to anyone thinking of taking the course

My education with Performance Training Academy was direct and efficient, I conducted my learning on a blended learning basis. I learnt the theory part of the course with one to one help from the course tutor, and I joined a small group to carry out our practical education. It enabled the delivery of the course content to suit my needs.

I successfully achieved my qualification within my needed time scale, learning and retaining more information then I thought I would, as I usually struggle in class-based environments, so with this, I was really impressed and thankful.

I would recommend Performance Training Academy to anyone thinking of taking the course. Their deliverance of the content will keep you engaged and interested throughout the course, they also provide ongoing support after you have completed and begin your career as a Personal Trainer.

I am now working as a recognised Personal Trainer out of a gym in Dubai.

Lily Burks

Performance Training Academy work their hardest to help all students achieve their individual goals within the course

Before starting the course I had no previous coaching or teaching experience. I was a regular gym goer myself but had no base learning in how to instruct. I have always enjoyed working with people and being social, I am a qualified hairdresser as well and have always liked to build relationships and work on self-improvement and care. I wanted to be a Personal Trainer because I became passionate about exercise and enjoyed learning new methods and wanted to share that with the wider world.

The course was a fantastic way to get a feel for the gym environment as it was based in a working gym. My tutor Stuart and Ash who runs Performance Training Academy work their hardest to help all students achieve their individual goals within the course. It’s a very friendly and relaxed environment with a professional feel – which is exactly what they emphasise you convey to your clients.

Now I have qualified I plan on setting up all of my social media bases and working on my fitness personality through these and start to gain clients. I will be working for myself and then eventually look into potentially relocating and working from a gym. I will also be using Ash and Stu in the future for any programme queries or business advice!

YMCA Approved Centre

Accredited by:

The Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist Diploma is governed by YMCA Awards and is industry recognised, both in the United Kingdom and Worldwide, meaning you can work as a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist almost anywhere in the world.
Upon completion of our qualifications, you’ll also be able to gain membership with the standardising body for the Health and Fitness Industry, the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

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