SPS Sports Performance Services
Watch this space!

......we have some exciting news coming soon.  While it was fantastic to celebrate 25years it is now time to look forward to the next 25!  The world in which we live, eat, breath & work has changed.  Not all changes to working practice and process will suit everyone and the changes we make may not suit all those who have worked with us in the past/present however, we hope you will come with us as we move forward and embrace change that is the future of the industry.........

 
Study with a Buddy!

.........help us mark 25 years of quality education in the Sports Massage & Soft Tissue Therapies industry by sharing this offer with the next generation of students and getting a 25% discount for yourself!

SPS is offering discounts to students who apply for our part-time courses commencing in Oct 2016 or April 2017 with a friend/colleague and if encouraged to do so by a past SPS graduate who they name on their application form, we will give you 25% off a course in 2017.

You can choose from advanced skills such as Specific Stretch/Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point therapies, Myofascial Release Techniques, Strapping & Taping, First Aid and Dry Needling.  Alternatively if you have already studied in these areas or want something 'bespoke' then let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your specific needs.

An application form can be found here

If you have any queries then do not hesitate to get in touch admin@spslearn.co.uk

 
Advanced soft tissue skills courses

When booking and paying for all three CPD weekends (SS March 5/6, TrP April 9/10, MFR 7/8 May 2016) togther a discount is offered instead of £1080.00 courses cost £960.00 a saving of £120.  In addition those wishing to go onto the Advanced Diploma in Soft Tissue Skills will be given a further discount towarads the cost when dates are finalised later this year.

Dry Needling 23-25 July 2016

10% discount is offered when paying in full before 25th May 2016 see 'courses' CPD section for details.

Flash Sale - Dry Needing Course 26 - 28 Feb 2016

25% discount when applications and licensing forms returned with fee ( £442.50) before 12th January!  To receive applications please email admin@spslearn.co.uk

25% discount on SPS Diploma in Sports Massage Courses

If you want to help family or friends to study Sports Massage to a recognisable standard then now is your chance!

If you are a graduate of one of our programmes then we are offering you the chance to nominate someone to train / study with us in September/October at a 25% discount.

The special application form can be accessed here


SPS Celebrates 25years!

If you are associated with The University of Nottingham then we have an offer for you!   Having provided courses from the University for 12 years its only fitting that we have something special for staff and students.  The first 6 applicants will receive a 25% discount on the course that commences in October 2015.  If you are not one of the first 6 and still want to attend the course then let us know and we will help with flexible payment options.  To apply you must use the form here and let us know how you are associated to the University.  Dont delay!!

Keep checking here as there will be something for everyone this year on a first come first served basis.  

September 2015 will see SPS celebrating 25 years of providing education in the health & fitness Industry.  As a provider of massage and soft tissue techniques to sport and the wider public for this period of time we have not only seen many changes within education, health and medicine but have been pivotel in raising standards and awareness of the benefits of this area of knowledge and skills.  Training within this sector has never been more vibrant and diverse and yet still too often the 'hype' and marketing surrounding education courses, opportunities and practise within this area of expertise do not reflect reality!

SPS is very proud to have consistently offered education and training which has been underpinned by the highest standards of teaching and practice.  2015 will see us continue to offer quality courses in massage and soft tissue skills designed for sport and the wider needs of the general public.  Alongside these there will be a more diverse set of qualifications, Continuing Professional Development courses and other education & training opportunities in health, fitness and medicine.

We will be updateing the website and adding new courses throughout the early part of 2015 along with some 25% discounts to course participants, SPS graduates and sports specific partners........so watch this space!

 
 
Glasgow 2014

 

Have you been selected as one of the many volunteers supporting the Games?

Tell us what your role is and how it will support your continuing professional developments - your dreams and aspirations!

 

If you are interested in being considered to massage/other role at the XXth Commonwealth Games then you need to act now!

Volunteering closes at the end of February 2013.

Application forms are avalable now to volunteer visit the website www.glasgow2014.com

Dont delay as you may miss out!!

The Sports Massage Lead for the XXth Commonwealth Games is SMA member Alan Hay.

If you wish to be considered as a masseur at the Games you must initially register your interest at www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer

Application forms will become available from mid January 2013 and will need to be completed by the end of February 2013

Interviews are scheduled to take place from April 2013 - Dec 2013 with successful candidates being informed by the end of 2013 allowing time to prepare for the 3-4 training days required and the issue of uniform and security passes from April - June 2014.

The following preliminary information has been provided:

* Volunteers are required to commit for a minimum of 8 day shifts during the competition (in addition to training days) of approx 8 hours in length

* Volunteers may be asked to work at a competition venue as part of the venue Athlete Medical Team or in the Polyclinic/ Recovery Centre at the Games Village

* Team leader roles will be offerred to Sports Massage Practitioners based on background, experience and skills 

NB The basic minimum qualification requirement is a Sports Massage Diploma at Level 4 or equivalent.  It is anticipated that practitioners will have a minimum of two years experience at the time of application Jan/Feb 2013.  Insurance of 5 million and an up to date First Aid Certificate will also be required.  Experience of working with elite athletes is desirable but not essential.  In addition sport specific experience, evidence of working with other professionals in an integrated way, inter personal and communication skills will be considered in the interviewing process.

For all up dates and news relating to the Games visit www.glasgow2014.com 

  

 

 

London 2012

Fantastic!  Well done to all our Games makers below, we will bring you their news and views when they get down from cloud9! 

We know that as well as those named below many other SPS graduates were involved in the Games, if you were one of them then share with us your experiences, photos and really give the next generation something to aspire too!

Meet the SPS Graduates who have been chosen to be Games Makers for London 2012. We will follow their journey before, during and after the Games. Find out a bit more about them below:

1 - Colin Chapman - Athlete's Village
2 - Emma Cranfield - Paralympics
3 - Chris Chesterman- Athlete's Village
4 - Elizabeth Prince - Dorney Lake
5 - Lorna Kennard - Dorney Lake
6 - Sue Kent - Paralympics
7 - Emma Webdale - Excel North Arena 2
8 - Tamsin Cass - Greenwich Park
9 - Lorraine Western - Aquatic Centre
10 - Danielle Hinves - Athlete's Village (Olympics) and Royal Artillery Barracks (Paralympics)
11 - Toni Williams- Handball Arena (Copper Box) Olympics and Athletes Village (Paralympics)

12 - Kate West - Communications Centre

13 - Tom Bailey - Olympic Stadium


1 - Colin Chapman - Athlete's Village

Update - as you know 17 years ago when I qualified after yours and Mark's excellent training I said I hoped to one day be at the Olympics! Yes it has happened so that in itself is awesome!
 
to be around the fantastic facilities here, the Polyclinic is terrific, and of course to be around elite athletes (and other elite SMT's) gives me a sense of what the course all those years ago was about, being trained to treat sports people at the highest level,
 
Viv, thank you, you have helped me achieve a lifetime ambition,
 

Name: Colin Chapman
Age: 56

Job: Director
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: To give massage to the athletes and experience the thrill of working with people at the highest level
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage Therapist
What venue will you be at?: Athlete's village
What training are you attending?: As I am overseas I do not have to attend the training scheduled, there will be some training when I arrive I believe
What are you most looking forward to?: The whole Olympic experience
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: Triathlon

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2 - Emma Cranfield - Paralympics

Name: Emma Cranfield
Age: 30
Job: Physiotherapist
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: Just to be part of the games, it will be perhaps the only time in my working lifetime to see the olympics in the UK. Also a great opportunity to see what its like to work in the world of sport.
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Physiotherapist
What venue will you be at?: Excel based events and the Paralympics
What training are you attending?: I have been to some test events at Excel and have an orientation session to attend at Wembley.
What are you most looking forward to?: Seeing the country being proud to host such a special event and hopefully enjoying lots of British success.
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: Difficult to choose, but it would have to be triathlon, as it's my passion. Also we have a strong British team that I would love to see bring some medals home.

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3 - Chris Chesterman- Athlete's Village

What will your legacy be now the Games are over?

My work at the Olympics has made me realise that there are so many opportunities out there for a sports massage practitioner and although I run a successful private practice in Oxford I will increase my working knowledge and get out into the athletics world a bit more!

Advice to those involved at the Paralympics?

I am also at the Paralympics mostly based in the Olympic stadium so I will enjoy working alongside people who didn't work in the Athletes Village.

My advice would be to relax, enjoy it and don't be afraid to get to know the athletes when you meet them.  In my time in the polyclinic at the Athletes Village, I never met an athlete who wasn't very friendly and they love talking to you as you are outside of their athletes circle and can talk about other things apart from their discipline and training which they have concentrated on for the past few months.

Advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps?

Take the leap.  If you feel that this is what you want to do then find the best course that you can, ideally make sure that the course is SMA affiliated and listen to others as you never stop learning.

I was lucky that I selected SPS in Cardiff as Viv & Bob were great and always reminded you that your first diploma course is just the tip of the iceberg, and that you should always seek to learn new skills, and they are right!

Best experience of these Games?

Meeting the athletes and playing a small part in their search to succeed in their life long ambition.

I was pleased to find how down to earth all of the athletes are, from befriending a marathon runner who couldn't speak English but then we found we shared a love of Prince music so during his treatment we listed as many Prince songs as we could remember, to a judo athlete who unfortunately lost his qualifying fight and went out of his way to come to the polyclinic to tell me how he got on, even though he was distraught he still thought that he should tell me, this is the kind of relationship which you can build if you go out of your way to talk to them - be approachable 

Name: Chris Chesterman
Age: 42
Job: Sports Massage Practitioner (full time, self employed)
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: Once in a lifetime opportunity to be directly involved in the Olympics working with the worlds elite athletes.
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage Practitioner with the Medical Team.
What venue will you be at?:Olympics: Athletes Village and Paralympics: Olympic Stadium.
What training are you attending?: I volunteered in the Test Event for the Weightlifting at the Excel Arena last year and am attending the Orienteering Training in February at Wembley Arena.
What are you most looking forward to?: To my first day with the Medical Team when I realise that although it has taken over a year and I have now made it as a Gamesmaker.
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: I do have tickets for my wife and children to watch womens volleyball, but I would have loved to watch the javelin/athletics.

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4 - Elizabeth Prince - Dorney Lake

Name: Elizabeth Prince
Age: 43
Job: Sports Massage Practitioner
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: To give my support to the event and for the experience
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage
What venue will you be at?: Eton Dornay
What training are you attending?: As required
What are you most looking forward to?: Being part of a large multidisciplinary team and hopefully seeing old team mates racing!
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: Velodrome - saw Bradley Wiggins win his gold medal in Athens and would love to do it again!

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5 - Lorna Kennard - Dorney Lake

Name: Lorna Kennard
Age: 33
Job: Sports Massage and Rehabilitation
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the biggest sporting event in the world in your own country. I worked at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and had such a great experience that I knew I wanted to get involved in the London Olympics.
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage Practitioner at Dorney Lake for the Rowing and Canoe Sprint events
What venue will you be at?: Dorney Lake
What training are you attending?: I have already taken part at two test events, the table tennis and weight lifting, which was a fantastic opportunity to see how things will be set up during the games and learn more about the medical roles involved. On the weekend of the 4th-5th Feburary Games Makers will have  an orientation session to give us better insight into both the Olympic and Paralympic games sports, venues, and job roles. Later in the year we will have more job specific training as part of the medical team to learn our specific roles and venue specific training to help orientate ourselves with the facilities before the Olympics begin.
What are you most looking forward to?: Meeting new people, learning more about the events I'm at and picking up new skills and knowledge form the rest of the medical team. I think it will be an amazing atmosphere and I'm looking forward to being a part if it and hopefully getting a change to have a peek at the races themselves.
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: It will be great to see any of the events as you will be watching the best in the world at the top of their game. Personally I love big sporting events like the Olympics, for the chance to see some of the sports that don't normally get much coverage, I really enjoy watching swimming and especially diving events so I will be hunting for a TV when the 10m diving is on (or at very least setting my TV recorder!)

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6 - Sue Kent - Paralympics

Name: Sue Kent         
Age: 49
Job: Sports Massage Therapist
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: I wanted to be the first massage therapist using feet at the games, to promote disability diversity in occupation at the highest level
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage Therapist
What venue will you be at?: Olympic Village
What training are you attending?: So far, the orientation training at Wembley in February
What are you most looking forward to?: Achieving the goal I set myself three years ago
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: Diving

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7 - Emma Webdale

Name: Emma Webdale
Age: 26
Job: Sports massage therapist and physiotherapist
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: To take on a once in a lifetime opportunity of actually being involved in one of the biggest events on earth.  Also, to have the opporutnity to work with athletes who are right at the top of their sport.
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?:  Sports massage therapist
What venue will you be at?: Excel North Arena 2
What training are you attending?: 18/2/12, 8.30-12.45
What are you most looking forward to?: Being at the venue and absorbing the atmosphere of adrenaline and excitement.  Also, meeting the people I am going to be working with
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?:  The mens gymnastics, as it amazes me that they have such strength but still have amazing flexibility!

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8 - Tamsin Cass

Name: Tamsin Cass
Age: 33
Job: Physiotherapist
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?:  I wanted to be involved as its a once in a life time experience, we wont have home Olympics in our life time again. I wanted to see it from the inside.
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?:  I am going to be a field of player games maker at Greenwich park - setting up the jumps, arenas etc. for the equestrian events.
What venue will you be at?: Greenwick Park
What training are you attending?: I will be attending training at Wembley in Feb.
What are you most looking forward to?: I am most looking forward to working with the same team that I worked with at the test event, we had a fantastic time and bonded as a team quickly.
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?:  Dressage Freestyle

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9 - Lorraine Western

Name: Lorraine Western
Age: 45

Job: Self Employed Sports Massage Therapist
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: I always love watching the Games, seeing amazing performances in such a diverse range of sports, and reading a report from Athens describing the experience of a Sports Massage Therapist inspired me to go for it!
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage Practitioner
What venue will you be at?: The Aquatic Centre
What training are you attending?: I have involved in several Test Events, which will provide valuable experience.
What are you most looking forward to?: Playing a small role in helping athletes achieve their dreams.
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: Athletics in the Olympic Stadium.

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10 - Danielle Hinves

Name: Danielle Hinves
Age: 27
Job: Self employed Sports Massage Therapist (Northwick Manor Dental Practice, Worcester, The Healthy Company, Brighton and also Brighton and Hove Albion part time)
Why did you want to be a Games Maker?: Every since deciding to become a Sports Massage Therapist I have wanted to work with elite athletes and at an Olympic games, so when the opportunity came about I had to take it.
What role they will be undertaking at the Games?: Sports Massage Practitioner,
What venue will you be at?: Athletes Village (Olympics) and Royal Artillery Barracks (Paralympic)
What training are you attending?: Orientation training, role specific training, venue specific training and also working at some test events (Diving Test event completed so far)
What are you most looking forward to?: Meet the athletes and feeling the atmosphere and excitement.  Treating many different athletes from different disciplines, having focused most of my work so far in football, it would be nice to get an insight into the demands of other events.
If you could see one event at London 2012, what would it be?: Having played volleyball for many years I think I would like to see the best of the best performing a sport that I love.  And for the Paralympics I would love to watch wheelchair rugby as I am very privileged to be currently working with one of the athletes on a weekly basis preparing him for this massive event.

11 - Toni Williams - Copper Box & Paralympics

What will your legacy be now the Games are over?

To make the time to continue volunteering at local sports events now I have a heavy working schedule for my PhD.  And to get involved in more sport rather than just going to the gym!!
 
Advice to those involved at the Paralympics?

Have an amazing time!!  At the Olympics when we were not busy we would use the time to shadow the other professionals including sports medicine doctors, physios and the I even made a good dental nurse!!  When we were not required in the medical room we were allowed to go and watch the sport live.  I was in the Copper Box which was the handball arena and everybody was addicted to handball by the end of the games.  Don't hesitate to ask the athletes if you are not sure about their disability at the Paralympics.  Most athletes will know what they require from pervious experience and will be able to tell you what muscles they are relying on to be tight/hypertoned etc for their sport.  Make the most of the other people around you to gain CPD.  Although the shifts are long and it will be hard work, the experience will be a once in a lifetime!!

Advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps?

Volunteer at a variety of sporting events where possible, even the small local events to gain the necessary experience.

Best experience of these Games? 

Just being in the Olympic Park everyday was fantastic.  From working with some amazing people to seeing team GB athletes walking around.  Something I shall never forget!!  I can't wait to go back for the Paralympics.

 

 


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