Level 3 & 4 (Combined) Diploma in Massage Therapy for Sports


The next available course is: September 2024

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Level 3 and Level 4 Sports Massage Combined

Entry into the Sports Massage course is a stimulating and hands-on course that will give you the skills you need to start a rewarding career working with clients within or outside the sporting industry in massage. We offer levels 3 and 4 combined to focus on fewer students but offer more quality time and the bonus of gaining both levels 3 and 4 knowledge.

You will also have potential access to a clinic at the academy where public members can book a concession rate massage with qualified students to help gain more practice and earn a percentage from their treatment. This will also help you focus on the business side to try to gain rebookings and regular clients. It isn’t a supervised clinic due to only qualified students being part of the clinic; you will potentially have access (subject to availability and commitment) to your time slot(s) to treat pre-booked clients to build your time and early client base; this is discussed more on the course. Visit our clinic page here.

The focus of sports massage is the ability to help alleviate aches and pains through various massage techniques. You can effectively deal with musculoskeletal problems; it will aid recovery, reduce symptoms and pain, and improve sporting performance.

The tutor, Andy Davis, has ten years of experience working in rugby in his injury clinic. Mark has worked at a university clinic treating his clients for many years and teaches levels 3 and 4. Andy teaches level 3, 4, and level 5 sports massage courses and is the main tutor for level 5 sports massage. You will be taught various techniques and methods to ensure you have the knowledge and skills to pass the course and have the confidence to start creating your clients. Andy also lectures at the University of Kent on the Sports Therapy Degree course.

Real-life experience gives you insight into how to work as a sports massage therapist while on the course. This will also ensure you can upskill to level 4 sports massage in the same course. From experience, level 3 students who qualify only want to return and do level 4 at an extra cost. Those who do level 4 are far more confident, too. This translates into better-quality treatments.

The average fee for a sports massage is between £25 and £45 for a 30-minute massage.  Students who succeed in their businesses gain confidence through their qualifications. They also look at marketing and advertising and follow other therapists on social media. While completing the course, to give themselves the best opportunity to hit the ground running and learn. This is also discussed in the course.

This qualification will complement a personal trainer’s career, offering another service and expertise to the personal trainer’s client base. The role of a sports massage therapist is to provide professional service to all clients. This will include a client assessment and consultation, sports massage treatment, soft tissue techniques, and post-treatment advice. We recommend looking into First aid if you do not have it already.

With level 4, you can diagnose common injuries and dysfunctions. Level 3 is just sports massage for healthy individuals specific to their needs, not any advanced techniques or diagnosis.

Other benefits are the number of free massages you get while booked on the course. A regulatory body is also worth looking at to help guide you when new regulations occur. Look at the STA once you are qualified.

Covering subjects include

    • Anatomy and Physiology for massage and exercise
    • Applying sports massage techniques
    • Assessing clients and treatment planning
    • Assisting soft tissue repair
    • Professional practice in sports massage
    • Providing pre- and post-massage techniques

Assessed by

Practical examination and treatments
Following the sports massage course, you will be able to:
Gather and analyse information about a client and apply various massage techniques. Advice on exercises and understanding the structure and function of the anatomy should be given to your clients with confidence.


We advise doing the course as quickly as possible to keep what you have learned fresh. We mean, book early and make a start on the theory work to help prepare you for the course. This way, the information stays fresh. You have electronic manuals to start the coursework; we will hand you hard copy manuals on day 1.

You will need a massage couch to practice outside the workshops. We recommend you plan your study time too.
You will also need to complete all workshops to gain experience and knowledge before doing your assessment (assessed throughout the course, plus one exam, multiple-choice).


The learners must be 18 and over.

There are no entry requirements. However, the course does require some physical activity, so learners must be fit and healthy. The course will include discussions, presentations, reading, and writing, so the learner should have these basic requirements. This endorsed course is also available to beauty therapists wishing to add sports massage to their skill set.

Price Includes:

Course Registration

Level 3 and 4 combined Sports Massage Therapy Certificate

Course manuals for each level.

*Check dates as we often run just levels 3 and 4 separately, which reflects in the cost.


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Additional information


2024: May 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 29th, June 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, July 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th – 6-9pm Mon-Wed, 2024: September 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th, October 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th. 6-9pm Mon-Wed, 2025: January 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th, February 3rd, 5th, 10, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th 6-9pm Mon-Wed, Bespoke Level 3, Bespoke Level 3&4