Corona-virus and training
at Sports Therapy UK

18th July 2020.

Following the recent relaxation of restrictions allowing sports massage and sports therapy services to resume we are delighted to report that similarly, the practical training linked to many of our courses has also successfully restarted.

All students attending practical training with us in the future will be required to conform with our Working Practise Covid-19 Policy which has been implemented utilising all practicable steps to safeguard the well-being of all our students and staff, as well as preventing the spread of the virus. This Policy and Self-Declaration form will be made available to students shortly before attending our practical training.

If you would like to view the steps we are taking to safeguard all those who visit our training centre, please see our Sports Therapy UK Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy by following the link at the foot of this page.

We are in close contact with our awarding body Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) and will continue to conform with their current educational criteria ensuring our students will be eligible for their chosen award upon successfully completing our course.

We remain fully committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience fully supported by our tutors and all staff at Sports Therapy UK and we are look forward to welcoming you to our training centre.

View our Working Policy Document

Meet Our Staff



Tim Paine


Tim is the registrar and founder of the Sports Therapy UK, and has over 20 years experience in developing and teaching sports therapy courses. Until 2015, Tim was a Senior Lecturer and Year Lead for the Sports Therapy BSc degree programme at the University of Bedfordshire and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Therapy Training from Middlesex University. He is currently researching the effects of advanced manual therapy techniques on soft tissues, as well as compiling his second book on this subject area. Tim is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Upon leaving the University, Tim instigated the acquisition of prestigious premises in Hertford providing 2 lecture rooms for training courses, and 2 further treatment rooms for the newly formed BeActive Clinic where sports therapists and an osteopath offer clients a range of injury treatment, acupuncture and rehabilitation services.

Tim's first book, The Complete Guide to Sports Massage forms the core text for our own sports massage courses as well as sports massage modules at some colleges and universities. He is now collaborating with Lead Tutor, Jade in writing a book on advanced soft tissue techniques. Tim has worked with many sportspeople, in particular the players at Finchley R.F.C.

Tim has presented research at various conferences around the world including the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy World Congress: Athletic rehabilitation and conditioning for the athletes in Tokyo, Japan in 2007 and San Antonio, Texas U.S.A in 2009. More recently, Tim reported on latest research conducted with colleague Peter Sheard on the ‘differing effects of four variations of neuromuscular technique (NMT) on range of motion in healthy athletes’ at the inaugural European Society of Athletic Training and Therapy Conference in Jerzmanowice, Poland.

Tim continues to play an active role in creating new, as well as developing existing courses run by Sports Therapy UK. He has also been a panel member for various validations of degree and foundation degrees, and is currently a Consultant Advisor to VTCT for their training awards in sports massage.


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