Diploma in Sports Massage

Want to enhance your career and learn new skills? If you answered yes, the Diploma in Sports Massage might be right for you. The demand for specialists with the ability to treat injuries and aid rehabilitation has grown in the past few years. It’s no longer just athletes that need treatment, but everyday gym-goers.

With this qualification in sports massage you’ll get -

  • Practical workshops throughout course.
  • The skills and knowledge required for a longstanding career.
  • Treatments from your peers.

Please note, this course is suitable for both new and experienced trainers. You will need to be physically fit enough and willing to take part in practical workshops.

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan
This course is available with an Advanced Learning Loan covering the full course fee. Find out more.


This Diploma in Sports Massage will give you the skills and knowledge required to plan, provide and evaluate sports massage treatments for both sporting and non-sporting clients suffering from a wide range of conditions such as muscular fatigue, lumbago/non-specific low back pain, repetitive strain/overuse and non-acute type injuries.

What could this qualification lead to?

  • Learners who complete this qualification will be able to gain employment and obtain insurance to work as either an employed or self-employed sports massage therapist within facilities such as sports massage & osteopathic clinics and sporting/fitness venues
  • Eligibility to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a massage therapist
  • This qualification meets the pre-entry requirements of YMCA Awards Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (QCF)

Units of study include:

  • Anatomy and physiology for sports massage
  • Principles of health and fitness
  • Professional practice in sports massage
  • The principles of soft tissue dysfunction
  • Fundamentals of sports massage treatments


  • Over the age of 16
  • Be fit enough to perform sports massage



  • 10 days (including assessment day) over 6 weekends,


  • Multiple choice theory paper
  • Workbook
  • Worksheets
  • Observed treatment session (x3)

Please note that you will be required to bring one participant with you for your assessment.


  • YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage

Who supports this qualification?


  • Entry to REPs at Level 3



Course Price


Payment Options

  • Full payment
  • Direct debit plan
  • Advanced learning loan application*

*All Advanced learning loan applications require an upfront payment of £375 which is refunded upon receipt of full funding.

Special offer

Save 10% on course fees when you book and pay in full, two or more months in advance of the course's start date.

Advanced Learning Loans

This loan is designed to help students over the age of 19 to pay for their course fees.

Find out if you are eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

Payment methods

You can pay for YMCAfit courses in the following ways:

  • Credit/debit card by telephone on 0844 346 0036
  • In person at our offices during the hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Cheques or postal orders by post. Please make these payable to ‘YMCA Fitness Industry Training’
  • Purchase order/invoice
  • By fax on 0843 221 1548

Download application form

Note: postal bookings can only be confirmed once we have received the payment and a completed application form, which is signed and dated. Please do not send cash through the post.