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

Nick Cole - June 2024

Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy


I'm a serving Royal Engineer Soldier in the British Army & have been serving for 21 years, having had a vast mixture of roles within this time. In the Army we do a lot of physical fitness & sport and I have embraced this keeping myself fit as well as entering triathlons, running events, cycling, boxing, you name it. Since 2005 I have been a boxing coach teaching boxing within the army. In contrast to my day-to-day roles, sports massage is completely different & not really a line of work my peers go down. I took an interest, and the Army were good enough to pay 80% of my course fees through ELCAS.

How have you used your new qualification?

After passing level 4 in Apr 2022 I set up my business Nick Cole Sports Massage. One of my soldiers told me he worked as a coach for the Corps of Royal Engineers Rugby club which is quite a big team within the Army. He introduced me & I became the clubs SMT. This opened a host of opportunities for me. I went on tour to Holland with Army rugby Wales, worked with UKAF under 23s rugby, I was then invited to work at British Army Cross fit and Hyrox type events. Football, Hockey, Boxing teams within the Army have used my services & I have even had a couple appearances at civilian football clubs. The Army have asked me to be guest speaker at several health & wellbeing events where I have talked about sports massage and injury prevention or rehab techniques. This season ended on a high when I was approached by the head coach for the men's Army rugby union team to work with them for the season and this led to the Army v Navy game at Twickenham (which is kinda a big thing).

I leave the Army August 2025 after 22 years and after doing a lot of volunteer work and learning the trade I would like to make it a full-time job and also find employment with a sports team of some kind.

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

I completed the level 3 & 4 courses in Bournemouth & enjoyed every session. The lessons were great & gave me the knowledge to then branch out on my own. I have done K-Tape and Cupping courses as CPD and the Alumni FB page is always there to assist with any questions or help needed. Sports Massage Academy also supported by accepting the mix of learning credits the Army had given me to pay for the courses.
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What would you say to anyone looking to train in Sports Massage Therapy?

I recommend being an SMT to people all the time, I am a people person & love when I can help someone return to their normal selves. Be mindful of your own posture & wellbeing as it is very demanding on the body & volunteering with a team of sorts at the start allows you to learn so much without the pressure of the customer paying.

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