Starting any career in the fitness industry is daunting. The training alone can put many off. Maintaining a successful business is even harder. So making the jump is a brave step. Getting the right support is also crucial. So starting my journey with Body Aid was the perfect choice for me. Every step of the way supportive. Before, during and consistent advice after my course!
What made you think you wanted a career in fitness?
I’ve always had an interest in the fitness industry. Whether is be participating in fitness for physical and mental health, or watching sports. It was the team spirit and passion within sports teams that had actually driven me to pursue a career within the sports massage industry.
How did you get started?
I decided to embark on a sports massage course with Body Aid. My goal once qualified was to start my own business and join a professional sports club, working within the industry.
What was your first job once qualified? Since?
My first job once qualified was with Oundle RFC. I spent three amazing seasons with the 1st XV players. Not only did I experience two consecutive league promotions and a cup win, I also had a fantastic experience in dealing with injuries and pitch side treatment, along with providing pre, post and maintenance treatment’s for all the players. They also taught me one of the most valuable skills I have today. How to handle myself in a male dominate environment as well as gain invaluable experience within a busy sporting setting.
Since then, I have been running my own business in sports massage therapy and working with the First Team players of Peterborough United.
What did you find hard to begin with?
In terms of joining a sports team, I would say time management. Pre-game massage certainly taught me how to pick up the pace! As for my own business, it was establishing myself well enough to get a good amount of clients in and gain a reputation of delivering high quality treatments. Its also the contrast of clinic work and within a sports environment that can be tricky at first.
What’s my plans for the future?
I would like to work my way up within the football industry to either a championship, or premiership club. I’m keen to set myself a new goals and progress further within my career. Perhaps even start to go down the sports therapy route too. This would also open up new business for my private clinic.
How did Body Aid help with your new career?
Throughout the time I started and ended my course, Body Aid had given me every bit of knowledge and skill I needed to succeed in what I wanted. It can be very daunting to learn something new, but when you have a team of enthusiastic, patient and positive professionals behind you like I did, you really do feel like you can accomplish anything. I honestly would not be where I am today without them!
Sadie Smith x
Sadie completed the Sports Massage therapy diploma with us. Taking her from a beginner to a skill set of an advanced practitioner. If you are interested in a career within the industry why not take a look at the Sports massage courses on offer and the 0% payment plans.