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The Sports Department’s staff are high level performers, members of national coaching squads and sports psychology coaches for elite performers. We are an innovative, energetic team who are always developing ways of bringing your learning to life.

Available Courses

The Sport Department

Our teaching team are sports-industry professionals, having enjoyed successful careers in a variety of areas including sports coaching, personal training, strength and conditioning, sports therapy, osteopathy and sports centre management. That experience is used to bring learning to life!

The range of courses we offer provide pathways to careers working in sports and related industries such as teaching, therapies, coaching and youth work.

We continue to develop our Higher Education courses in the department and our outstanding facilities attract learners in growing numbers each year. We offer progression routes for newcomers to the industry who are beginning their career, through to professional development for those with established career paths.

What You Can Expect

• You will be involved in sports coaching and fitness classes for all age groups and abilities in your community. 

• We actively encourage all our students to get involved in sport as athletes and coaches and we provide the support to ensure you fulfil your potential.

• We make arrangements to work with your training and competition schedules. This means that you do not have to sacrifice your education for a promising sporting career.

• The department runs a Football Development Squad, which plays in the higher-level college league and for a local non-league team.

• Nescot Sports students have free access to the Sports Injury Clinic.

• Our football academy coach, Jack Johnson, holds a UEFA A licence, which is the highest coaching badge. He is Academy Coach at Fulham FC.

• Some of our sport programmes include extra qualifications, such as Level 1 coaching qualifications, sport-specific first aid or YMCA Fitness Instructing Certificate.

• Many of our students have the opportunity to go on residential outdoor activities trips, such as Skern Lodge in Devon.

• Our previous students have gone on to careers including sports coaching, teaching, and working at national health and fitness clubs.

• Our students organise and run local primary schools’ sports day events.

3 Good Reasons
  1. 100% success rate for Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, which is 12% above the national average (2016).
  2. Some of our short programmes include extra qualifications, such as Level 1 coaching qualifications, sport-specific first aid or YMCA Fitness Instructing Certificate.
  3. 93% of sport students rate the teaching on their course to be good (2016).
Our Students' Success

Our students have progressed on to university-level qualifications at:

• Nescot - BSc Sports Therapy

• Nescot - BOst Osteopathy

• University of Bath

• St Mary’s University

• University of Wales

• University of Chichester

• Kingston University

• University of Exeter

• University of Bristol

• Bournemouth University

Working with Other Departments and Organisations

We take advantage of other areas of expertise at Nescot to revitalise your learning. We use our Osteopathy department’s state of the art software and organise a number of trips with the Travel & Tourism department. 

We try to fit your learning into the real world and you will find yourself involved in sports coaching and fitness classes for all age groups and abilities in your community. We also work with disabled groups and schools to give you a full view of the opportunities on offer in sport.

We believe it is important to prepare you as fully as possible for professional practice. You will test your skills working with elite and club athletes, dancers and performers, and in private practice for treating everyone from the elderly to ante and post natal clients. We also incorporate training for the National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Training Award in the course so you will be fully qualified to work as a personal trainer before you have even finished studying.

You could find yourself giving pre and post marathon massages to charity fundraisers, treating dancers and performers before and after shows and working pitch-side at big sporting events.

Our passion for our industry is one part of our effectiveness as a department, but we believe that what really sets us apart is our student-centred approach. We understand the demands of family and working life and different learning styles and we see your success as a collaboration between our efforts and yours. We keep our class sizes small to give you maximum support from your tutors, who also have an open door policy during college hours and are available on email at any time.

This approach works well at Nescot - borne out by the fact that an incredible 98% of our students go on to take their education even further and are working at the highest levels throughout the sporting world.

As the world of sports therapy gears up for its imminent acceptance by the Health Professionals Council as a recognised medical profession, the exacting yet supportive training available at Nescot will prepare you to take your place at the forefront of this exciting industry.

Your Education

One of the real strengths of this department is the support we can provide to our elite and high level athletes – we actively encourage all our students to get involved in sport as athletes and coaches and we provide the support to ensure you fulfil your potential.

We make arrangements to work with your training and competition schedules. This means that you do not have to sacrifice your education for a promising sporting career. We will work with you to ensure that you keep all your options open. We can even tailor your learning to enhance your sporting performance, while still ensuring you gain vital qualifications.


The department runs a Football Development Squad which plays at a high level. Nescot also has a full enrichment programme including the opportunity to play on male and female football squads and a basketball team amongst a host of other sports and activities. In addition to our extensive outdoor facilities, we also have a fully equipped Gym, Sports Hall and Sports Therapy Room.

Nescot has the facilities to train you to become a sports coach, fitness instructor, sports injury therapist or personal trainer and this wide range of expertise can benefit you in unexpected ways. As a Sports student, for example, you will have free use of our Sports Injury Clinic to help you quickly and safely recover from any sporting injury.

As professionals in the industry, we recognise the importance of training you with the latest technology and working practices. Our facilities include a dedicated, student-run, sports injury teaching clinic with couches, equipment and teaching and observation areas, where you will treat students suffering sporting injuries. We are also fortunate enough to be able to collaborate with our colleagues in the Osteopathy department, sharing our expertise and the latest diagnostic software.

Our Staff

Our team are practising sports therapists, working with such high level squads as the GB Lions, Britain’s national American football team, Surrey Cricket Club and a host of elite and club level athletes. We have experience in all areas of the sports industry, from fitness and personal training to competing at international level track athletics, and we use this understanding to fully prepare our students for success in their chosen career.

Photograph of a Nescot student

My favourite unit this year is psychology, and learning how someone’s mentality can affect their physical performance. We also study anatomy, and that’s really useful for everyone who competes or trains because it helps you to improve. It was the best decision to come here, and I’d recommend it to anyone.

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Photograph of a Nescot student

The support from the teaching team and LSAs has been amazing, ensuring I can overcome any challenges on the course. The sports course has really helped me with my part-time job as a youth worker. We did a module on organising activity sessions, which taught me how to run sports with groups of children of various ages, some as young as 9.