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Level 3 Sports Massage Course

Whether you are starting a new career or looking to expand your existing opportunities, becoming a qualified Sports Massage Therapist is a great avenue for employment in both freelance and paid roles. 

With OriGym’s Ofqual regulated Level 3 Sports Massage course you will learn the essential skills you need to deliver sports massage therapies, helping to decrease muscle soreness, including aches and pains, and aid injury management and rehabilitation in addition to enhancing sporting performance.

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Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

8 Weeks (Average)


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Sports Massage is becoming increasingly important in sport and exercise as a tool to not only treat injuries, but act as a preventative measure. Sports Massage practitioners are also trained in providing assessment for rehabilitation and supporting patients with the psychological aspects of their pain, which goes hand-in-hand with both Yoga and Pilates knowledge. 

Studied via blended learning, you will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and theoretical knowledge of soft tissue injury studied via OriGym’s e-learning platform, as well as attending practical group workshops tutored by a specialist sports massage therapist and conducting hours of practice on the therapy table to apply your learning. 

Course Length: Students can begin learning straight away and the average time to complete this course is 8 weeks.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements, but student must be aged 16+ to enrol.
Cost: £1299 with no hidden fees for certifications or exams, and unlimited free examination re-sits.
Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest on all study methods. 
What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of this course, you will qualify with:

  • Level 3 Diploma In Sports Massage
  • Ofqual regulated and awarded by Focus Awards

Learn more about pursuing a career as a sports massage therapist, how to find and work with clients and more with OriGym’s extensive range of resources: 

What You’ll learn

With Sports Massage Therapies becoming common place for everyone from occasional gym-goers to office workers stuck sitting in chairs all day, a wide spectrum of knowledge is critical for a successful career. You’ll not only need to be equipped with the essentials of providing sports massage therapy, but to also understand the principles of exercise and human physiology. OriGym’s Level 3 Sports Massage course has been crafted to provide the specialist training you’ll need to become a leading sports massage therapist.

Anatomy & Physiology for Sports Massage Therapy

Learn about how the body works with specific emphasis on the lymphatic system, including the skin and muscular tissue. Study the science and practice of manual therapy and how to correct both posture and muscular imbalances with your clients. 

The Principles of Exercise, Health and Fitness

Study and comprehend how the body reacts to different forms of exercise, including resistance training, cardiovascular activity and flexibility movements. Explore the physiological effects of sports massage on the body and the physical effects and benefits.

Understand the Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction

Gain knowledge and understanding of soft tissue injury and dysfunction, the cause and symptoms, and how sports massage positively influences the healing process.

Professional Practice in Sports Massage

Learn functional stretching techniques, principles of injury management and rehabilitation as well as how to deal with soft tissue trauma.

Sports Massage Treatments

Explore, understand and apply the different types of sports massage including post-sporting event and restorative massage, learning when to apply them to promote recovery and support any injuries sustained.

How You’ll Be Assessed

To achieve your Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you will be required to complete various assessments, both theoretical and practical, as well as completing 36 hours of hands on learning experience.

As you progress through your modules, you’ll be invited to attend the required practical assessments. These are run every month from our training locations found in a growing number of cities nationwide, including London, Birmingham and Liverpool. 

Blended Learning Course Assessments

The following assessments must be completed to complete the Level 3 Sports Massage course:

  • Practical examination on Maintenance Massage in a Clinical Environment - Pass required
  • Practical examination on Pre and Post Event Massage - Pass required
  • Coursework and theoretical quizzes throughout the programme - 100% mark required
  • Document 36 hours of practical implementation

You will receive maximum support and assistance from our experienced and friendly personal tutors to ensure your assessments are stress-free, give you the best chance of passing the first time, and are ultimately a great success.

Study Options

The OriGym Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy course is studied via a blended learning method.

Students can begin studying the online course modules immediately after enrolment via OriGym’s multi-award nominated learning platform, called “Student Zone”. Studying via videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning and more, you can study at a pace that suits you and fits flexibly around your existing commitments. 

During the Level 3 Sports Massage Course, you will also attend compulsory practical workshops totalling 50 hours worth of direct contact time with our team of expert tutors to learn the physical aspects of sports massage. These workshops take place on weekends and run from our training locations in London, Liverpool and Birmingham, with additional venues to follow soon.

You must also complete practical implementation outside of our workshops, which needs to be documented.

Throughout this learning experience, you’ll be supported 7-days a week from a dedicated sports massage tutor who is reachable by phone and email.

Careers & Progression

Graduating with your Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, you’ll be prepared to begin working with new clients or to secure employment as a qualified professional massage therapist. Throughout your pursuit of new clients or employment, OriGym continues to provide advice and support to help you achieve your potential. 

Careers Support

After completing your course, OriGym provide world-class career support to help you on your path towards excellence within the sports massage industry. Providing CV reviews, mock-interviews and careers advice, our support team are dedicated to seeing you succeed. Furthermore, OriGym have relationships with leading health and fitness brands across the UK who guarantee our alumni interviews following course completion, helping you to secure employment in your new field as soon as possible. 

If the self-employment route appeals to you more than working for someone else, we can also provide startup support and business advice to help you get set-up as an independent sports massage therapist.

Progression Routes

After completing a your Level 3 Sports Massage qualification, there are many ways to progress to enhance your career and earning potential. Expanding your knowledge of exercise training and fitness instruction with our Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications will complement your sports massage expertise and unlock a whole new career pathway. 

Alumni Benefits

OriGym alumni also benefit from a huge number of exclusive deals and discounts of gym-wear, supplements, equipment and software, all essential for fitness professionals. We’re continuously adding new benefits to our list, so make sure to check back regularly.

OriGym is proud to qualify over 9,000 fitness professionals each year, more than any other company. We also successfully place over 80% of students in job roles right after qualifying; that is the highest rate in the industry.

We are also ISO9001 certified and are one of only a handful of providers to hold this worldwide certificate of excellence.

We are official partners with the Ministry of Defence, we run courses for QMU University, and also run the Academy for Sports Direct & JD Gyms, and are proud partners of over 200 fitness brands worldwide.

We were nominated by the Active Training Awards, the biggest awards ceremony in the UK, for ‘most innovative training provider of the year’ and ‘training provider of the year’ for two years running.

If you are still not convinced, check out our reviews on Trustpilot, where we have hundreds of reviews from very satisfied customers.

OriGym believes courses and education should be obtainable for anyone who wants to start a career within the fitness sector. We own a vast majority of training venues through our sister company, thus massively reducing overheads which other companies cover with higher fees. We also do not apply unnecessary admin fees, certification charges or exam fees that many of our competitors apply.

Absolutely! We have centres that accommodate for the physically impaired, which are fully equipped with lifts, ramps and disabled toilets. We have had dozens of physically impaired individuals complete our course and go on to be very successful personal trainers within the industry.

Submit us an enquiry detailing your disability and we can assess your suitability to undergoing this form of training. 

OriGym does offer a few funding streams for students. 

We are proud partners of the MOD (Ministry of Defence) who provide funding for current and former military personnel for qualifications that are Level 3 and above.

OriGym is also partner with the PFA (Players Football Association), who help current and former professional footballers with funding towards their qualifications.

Additionally, we partner with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), who help current and former professional cricketers with funding towards their qualifications. 

Discounts for current and former rugby professionals through the RPA (Rugby Players Association) can also be obtained on enrolment.

Evidence of affiliation with these organisations is obtained prior to enrolment and is subject to check from each respective organisation.

In addition to guaranteeing interviews post course, OriGym offers free business consultations post course, CV analysis to get it looking just right, CV distribution in your local area, and interview preparation to give you the best chance of getting the role you want.

Additionally, we have lots of free business resources, videos and guides on our e-learning platform that all students can access after their course. 

OriGym is proud to have the largest student alumni system, meaning you get discounts on some of the world’s largest fitness brands, services and products for life; this means you never have to pay full retail price. With over 250 brands available to our graduates, you know you can’t go wrong.

OriGym students are provided access to a wide range of learning and support resources during their course and beyond. This includes access to a 7 days per week tutor and staff support, available by phone, chat box and email. Whether you have a query pertaining to a question you're stuck with, have an issue with your logins or just need some general motivation, we're here to help!

Students are also given access to OriGym’s multi-award nominated e-learning platform, where you’ll access online lectures, videos, exercise library, interactive learning modules, quizzes and assignments. For part-time and online learning students, this is how you will complete the majority of your qualifications. 

After you qualify you will also have access to our free business and marketing course, our hub of resources that you can use, and our post course support team, who can help you find work.

There are no qualification prerequisites for the Level 3 Sports Massage course, however, students must be aged 16+ in order to enrol.

The Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy qualification covers all of the essential knowledge required for students to excel as a professional massage therapist, including: Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Massage Therapy, the Principles of Exercise, Health and Fitness, Understanding Soft Tissue Dysfunction, Professional Practice in Sports Massage, and Sports Massage Treatments.

You will also undergo 36 hours of required practical implementation to give you a real hands-on learning experience. 

Achieving your Level 3 Sports Massage qualification opens numerous career opportunities. With training in a growing specialist area, you’ll be highly employable by health and fitness clubs, spas and resorts, sports teams and more. Similarly, you’ll be excellently equipped to strike out on your own as a self-employed sports massage professional.


Join other sports massage graduates working with leading UK and international health brands.

Guaranteed Interviews

OriGym guarantees post-course interviews with leading gyms and clinics helping you secure your dream sports massage job after graduation.

Professional Guidance

Free CV analysis, 1-to-1 interview preparation, marketing resources & business start-up training equip you for ongoing success.

Alumni Benefits

Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a Sports Massage Therapist.

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  • Virgin Active
  • Everlast Fitness Club
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness

Available Packages

Master Personal Trainer & Sports Masseur

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Myofasical Release CPD
  • Business & Marketing CPD
  • Strapping & Taping CPD
  • Electrotherapy CPD
  • Hydration for Sport CPD
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
0% Interest Payment Plans

Ultimate Massage Package

  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral (GP Referral)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Level 4 Certificate in Obesity Control and Weight Management
  • Level 4 Certificate in Lower Back Pain Management
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Kettlebells CPD
  • Boxing & Pad Work CPD
  • Circuits CPD
  • Group Training CPD
  • Strength & Conditioning CPD
0% Interest Payment Plans


0% Interest

You can pay in affordable monthly instalments with 0% finance available and we will not ask for guarantors.

Flexible Payment Plans

Payment plans designed to be flexible and convenient for you, meaning you can focus on enjoying your course!

Best Price

Our sports massage course packages start from just £1299, with guaranteed interviews and strong potential earnings after.

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Dean Dallas, Qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer

Dean Dallas

Personal Trainer

Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Before OriGym Dean was pursuing a career in football. After setbacks due to injury, Dean developed an interest in strength and conditioning and injury prevention, pivoting his career into becoming a qualified personal trainer.

OriGym really stood out to me because I was able to complete my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications in my own time without deadlines. This really took the stress off and allowed me to go about my daily schedule without interruption.

The tutors at OriGym created a great support network and provided us with practical workshops to further our development. I am now a certified personal trainer and can’t wait to help future clients in achieving their goals!

Heather Hacking, Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Heather Hacking

Founder of Heather Hacking PT

Fantastically Structured & Well Organised

As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.

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Guy Thompson

Former Leicester & Wasps Rugby Player

Before studying with OriGym, Guy was a professional Ruby player for both Wasps and Leicester Tigers and is currently playing for Eailing. Guy chose to complete his fitness qualifications with OriGym as the option to study around his career via online learning and OriGym looked the most "simple and professional" compared to other providers.


After being in and around professional sport for 13 years, this is a natural progression after learning from World Leading S&C coaches. Becoming a personal trainer will allow me to implement this knowledge for helping people and helping people achieve their goals away from sport. I'd really want to focus on helping people in their everyday lives through both mental and physical wellbeing.

OriGym's tutors have been excellent, with great feedback and the content is perfect for someone looking to get started in the industry. 

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Olympic Track Cyclist

The Best Course Provider

Jessica is a track sprint cyclist specialising in the keirin and has represented her country at the Asian Games and recent 2020 Olympics. Jessica choose OriGym to study her Personal Training and specialist Level 4 in Nutrition course after being recommended by friends.


From a sports background I have always been passionate about sport, for every elite athlete passing on knowledge and expertise is a good continuum from what I've already achieved. Although this is starting something new, it's also building on something that I already have. 

I reached out to friends who have done similar courses and OriGym was mentioned as the course to go to. After I enquired, Michelle called the next day and was really organic and genuine in our conversations, whereas other providers sent a generic email where I still had to do more research myself.

As an olympian a mission is to always pass on experience and knowledge. I'd look to eventually have my own company and client base to really pass on my passion and maybe even help create a new olympian in the future!

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