About Us

The Barnes School of Sports Therapy was established in 1984 by our principal Stephen Barnes, an HPC registered Chartered Physiotherapist who has extensive experience and expertise in the field of sports and fitness.

We have delivered vocational sports and fitness training courses for almost two decades and this gives us a clear understanding of the skills our students need to be both effective and successful in the workplace.

The School is based at the Barnes Sports Clinic in Bath, a highly successful private practice with over 25 years of experience offering a wide range of therapeutic treatments, rehabilitation programmes and health & fitness regimes.

Barnes Sports Clinic website

Our philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide our students with courses of the highest standard, run by experienced tutors who not only teach but actively work in their specialist fields so they can draw on their real life experiences in the classroom. Our team of tutors includes Chartered Physiotherapists, Sports Therapists, Sports Massage Therapists, Personal Training Instructors, Nutritionists and First Aid Instructors.

The School has developed a flexible course format which allows students to study around any existing commitments they may have. Using a combination of interactive online learning, home study modules, intensive practical workshops and close tutor support, students build up a detailed portfolio of work to provide evidence of study and to use as an excellent source of information for future reference.

Specialist practical training

We believe that what sets us apart from most other course providers is that the specialist practical training included in our courses is delivered within a professional working environment. Students receive this part of their training in small groups, utilising the modern facilities and equipment of our own Sports Clinic. Supervised client sessions are arranged where members of the public come in during the practical workshops for you to gain essential hands-on experience. This enables students to become familiar with how a private practice works, time management and dealing with members of the public. You can leave us with the confidence that you have the skills necessary to provide a professional service to your clients.

We also provide unique access to the Training Village at the University of Bath in some of our courses. These world class facilities were used by Olympic athletes in the run up to the 2012 Games and our students are given a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the support functions that are provided to those participating in elite level sporting activities.

Please use the links below to find more information regarding specific courses:

Sports Therapy Course

Sports Massage Course

Fitness Instruction Courses

Foundation Courses

First Aid Courses

CPD Courses

If you would like more information or to arrange a visit to discuss your requirements, please contact us by email or by telephone on 01225 852391.