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Kickstart Performance Skills

Up your employability prospects in sports and performance by bridging the vocational skills gap before you graduate

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This course is for students of sports and exercise aiming to work as a professional in sports and performance. The realities of working in the industry means that there is a strong possibility that you'll be exposed - not in a good way. The skills you'll be required to develop, demonstrate and excel at in work are rarely trained at university, at worst they're not even talked about.

Pinning your hopes on getting good grades and letting them speak for themselves about how good you are? Then you're in for a shock about the requirements to be effective in work?

Got a part-time job while you're studying? Well that can help a bit! Hoping to do a work placement during your course? That's good! Got a vocational skills course lined up too? That's good too! But sorry to say it, this won't be nearly enough.

The shocking statistics are that the majority of students enrolling onto sports degrees aspire to work in sports and at a high level. By the end of their studies less than 0.1% are skilled to work!

If you've got different plans and don't want to leave your future career to chance - then this is the course for you.

We have one simple aim;

'To support those with an ambition to work in sports and performance to increase the chances of having a successful career, by developing the skills necessary to thrive in work - while you're studying.'

You'll get:

  • Prioritsed insights of what it takes to be successful
  • 30 bitesize modules of content
  • 12 follow-up worksheets
  • Practical steps for you to grow your abilities
  • 20+ excerpts from Supporting Champions podcast guests to add inspiration and insights along the way
  • All informed with the experience of supporting 1000s of athletes and developing 1000s of performance professionals

Take action now to get ahead;

Course highlights

Creating your future

  • How people are making a difference by supporting athletes and teams
  • Your current status and work prospects in sport and performance
  • Why your university education is unlikely to equip you for working in sport and performance
  • The importance of craft skills

Working in sports and performance

  • Case study: Sir Steve Redgrave
  • The demand of working in sports performance environments
  • The transferability of craft skills to other professions
  • Developing your performance focus and taking action

Critical craft skills

  • Case study: Beijing Olympics exposes craft skills
  • The determinants of your performance
  • Priority professional skills
  • How to grow your abilities

Thriving in work and your studies

  • Reflective practice
  • Developing your professional skills
  • Being effective in your studies



Your Instructor


Dr Steve Ingham
Dr Steve Ingham

Dr Steve Ingham is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1,000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes, such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton’s running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success.

Steve has gained high performance insight working at the British Olympic Association from 1998 to 2004, where he was Senior Sports Physiologist and Sports Science Manager, and at the English Institute of Sport from 2004 to 2016 where he was Head of Physiology and latterly the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Steve holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Steve is the author of the bestselling “How to Support a Champion – The art of applying science to the elite athlete”, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of bringing performance know-how to help people achieve their goals.


Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund (minus an administration fee).
Will I get a certificate at the end?
Well, yes you do. But if you're doing this course for the certificate, you've come to the wrong course. This course is about growing your abilities, skills and experience that you'll take with you wherever you go and these will dwarf any certificate you might get!
Can I consume to course on the go?
Yes! The course is best taken on the desktop, but the teachable platform is available as an app on IOS https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/teachable-online-courses/id1177062376

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