Sport Massage Academy

Alumni Programme

Once you've finished your course, we appreciate that you'll need some help and along the way to turn your qualification into a successful career. Our Alumni programme offers a range of resources, support, job opportunities & discounts.

Membership of the programme is free forever and automatic from the day you qualify.

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Support - Advice Service

We'll teach you about a range of conditions which you'll encounter on a regular basis, but there will be lots more you've never even heard of. Our experienced tutors are on hand to offer you advice on tricky clients or conditions, CPD opportunities, marketing, accounting and even your tax return.

Resources - Everything you need

We pride ourselves in giving you all the tools required for the job. On graduation, you are given access to templates for client record cards, risk assessments, policies, simple accounting, marketing materials and more.

Job Opportunities - Earning potential and world class experience

Our graduates are in demand from employers, sports clubs & teams, event organisers and more. We arrange paid work with our partners exclusively for our graduates. We've done everything from 5k races to international strongman competitions, allowing our graduates to put their skills to use whilst earning or getting to handle elite athletes.

Discounts - Increasing your bottom line

We work hard to ensure running your business is as profitable as possible:

Graduate of the Month

Steve Smith - September 2020

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy


I've always been interested in sport, taking part in most sports and eventually narrowing to just Athletics where, unfortunately, I also got injured quite a lot. As a result I spent a lot of time with physios and took an interest in injuries, rehab and treatment. This interest grew through my work as a fitness instructor and throughout the first year of my degree, so when the opportunity to train as a Sports Massage Therapist came up, I jumped at the chance.

How have you used your new qualification?

Since qualifying I have set up my business - SS Health & Performance in Loughborough - combining my mobile therapy, sports nutrition and fitness coaching alongside my full-time work at Loughborough University. In this time, I've been lucky enough to work in elite sport, supporting international athletes in a variety of sports including Netball, Gymnastics and Athletics. As well as this I've provided massage cover at the Great North Run, British Athletics Championships and World Trials, and the Loughborough International Athletics and European Athletics Permit meetings. Alongside my work in elite sport, I have worked with professional theatre, office workers, students and recreational runners. Now I've completed my Level 4, I'm now looking to get more clinic work and complete further qualifications such as dry needling and the level 5 advanced diploma.

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What did you think of the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy course you attended?

A friend recommended the Sports Massage Academy to me whilst they were studying for their Level 3. I was immediately impressed with the resources, support and extra guidance that they received. This led to me undertaking my Dry Cupping CPD course with SMA, giving me first-hand experience of the quality of tutors, resources and support. When it came to finally booking onto a Level 4 course, I didn't even need to consider any other training providers. Our tutor Alex was always extremely helpful and supportive. For example, when our course was unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19, he kept us updated around when the course would run. Alongside this, the support and advice he provided during the whole lockdown period where we were unable to work was outstanding - way better than any professional association - alongside the support within the graduate community this was priceless.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

My first tip would be to train with SMA! Other than this, network with other excellent therapists - swap treatments with them, ask questions and learn from them.

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