Sport Massage Academy

Sports Massage Tutors

Alexander Hall Sports Massage Academy Managing Director

Alexander Hall, PT & SMT: Managing Director

Region: North West

Alex is a Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer qualifying in 2007. Alongside running his own Sports Massage Clinic Alex managed the Nottinghamshire YMCA fitness education department from 2010 to 2014 teaching on a range of course from Personal Training to indoor cycling. With a passion for Sports Massage Alex founded the Sports Massage Academy in 2014 with the aim of supplying not only the best education in the field but what he felt it lacked; graduate support to help students turn their qualifications into successful businesses.


Being a keen triathlete competing at everything up to Ironman distance Alex has vast amounts of knowledge and experience in anything and everything involving swimming, cycling or running. More recently with the birth of his daughter he's taken up weightlifting, following in the footsteps of his little brother, Eddie Hall - the 2017 World's Strongest Man.

Alex Hall is a keen triathlete

Luke Ursell PT & SMT

Luke Ursell, PT & SMT: Tutor & Assessor

Luke took up personal training after retiring from his sport of motocross in 2013. Since, he has trained many clients with different needs, from body composition goals to rehabilitation and corrective exercise to sports performance, even working within elite sporting circles from his personal fitness studio in Derby.


Luke is an in house success story; completing his level 3 & 4 sports massage qualifications with us before moving into tutoring. As well as intergrating sports massage into his PT studio you'll find Luke supervising at a lot of our event work that we organise for students & graduates.

Luke Ursell Motor Cross

Neil Hawksworth Sports Massage Academy Tutor - Midlands

Neil Hawksworth Bcs, PT & SMT: Tutor & Assessor

Neil is a qualified Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer. He currently operates a gym and runs his own practice and personal training company. Having a real passion for sports massage and years of experience in the fitness industry, he is able to assist most clients.


A continual learner, some of his qualifications include sports injury acupuncture, cupping, first aid, and Exercise Referral. Neil is always looking to improve his skills and experience to provide the best care for his clients.

Neil Hawksworth playing hockey

Daniella Short Sports Massage Academy Tutor - South

Daniella Short, SMT: Tutor & Assessor

Dani is a qualified Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist having trained through the Sports Massage Academy. She has served in the British Army and was awarded best at Physical Training. After the military Daniella then went on to play football for Southampton Ladies football club but retired from football in 2010. Daniella still spends a lot of time training - weightlifting, running, cycling, swimming & Hockey. 

Having a real passion for Sports Massage Dani has become one of our tutors hoping to share her passion and experience with others. You will see her regularly supervising our event work that we organise with our students and graduates.


Keith Burnett, MSc, SMT

Keith Burnett, MSc, SMT: Tutor, Assessor & Quality Assurer

Keith is an experienced Sports Therapist who has been working in the Sport and Remedial therapy industry since 2011. With a Masters Degree in Sports Therapy Keith has a wealth knowledge of Musculoskeletal injuries and experience in professional and recreational sport as well as running his own clinic. He acts as an educational practitioner Lecturing in Sports Therapy at the University of Essex and providing quality assurance to the University of Lincoln.

He is the East Midlands Representative for the Sports Therapy Association and can be found speaking at a variety of conferences in his interest area of neck injuries in rugby players. This is the focus of his Doctoral studies at the University of Essex.