Sport Massage Academy

Sports Massage Tutors

Alexander Hall, BSc, PT & SMT

Alexander Hall, PT & SMT: Managing Director

Alex is a Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer qualifying in 2007. Alongside running his own Sports Massage Clinic Alex managed the Nottinghamshire YMCA fitness education department from 2010 to 2014 teaching on a range of course from Personal Training to indoor cycling. With a passion for Sports Massage Alex founded the Sports Massage Academy in 2014 with the aim of supplying not only the best education in the field but what he felt it lacked; graduate support to help students turn their qualifications into successful businesses.


Being a keen triathlete competing at everything up to Ironman distance Alex has vast amounts of knowledge and experience in anything and everything involving swimming, cycling or running. More recently with the birth of his daughter he's taken up weightlifting, following in the footsteps of his little brother, Eddie Hall - the current World's Strongest Man.

Alex Hall is a keen triathlete

Luke Ursell PT & SMT

Luke Ursell, PT & SMT: Tutor & Assessor

Luke took up personal training after retiring from his sport of motocross in 2013. Since, he has trained many clients with different needs, from body composition goals to rehabilitation and corrective exercise to sports performance, even working within elite sporting circles from his personal fitness studio in Derby.


Luke is an in house success story; completing his level 3 & 4 sports massage qualifications with us before moving into tutoring. As well as intergrating sports massage into his PT studio you'll find Luke supervising at a lot of our event work that we organise for students & graduates.

Luke Ursell Motor Cross

Neil Hawksworth Bcs, PT & SMT

Neil Hawksworth Bcs, PT & SMT: Tutor & Assessor

Neil is a qualified Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer. He currently operates a gym and runs his own practice and personnel training company. Having a real passion for sports massage and years of experience in the fitness industry, he is able to assist most clients.


A continual learner, some of his qualifications include Sports injury acupuncture, teaching and assessing, first aid, and Exercise Referral. Neil is always looking to improve his skills and experience to provide the best care for his clients.

Neil Hawksworth playing hockey

Steph Marshall, SMT

Steph Marshall, SMT: Sales & Marketing Manager

Steph is a qualified Level 4 Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist and has been involved in a variety of sports, including hockey, rowing, rugby, squash and skiing, as well as five years experience as an outdoors activity instructor in North Wales. Some of these sports have been at more of a recreational level while others have involved more dedicated training. Steph has recently taken up Ultimate Frisbee, and has competed in a few tournaments throughout the last year, enjoying getting back into team sports. Steph was inspired to train in Sports Massage after being confined to the office for a while (a nightmare for an instructor!) and having to receive physiotherapy for a back condition. This gave her a massive appreciation for being in full health and the difference it can make to anyone, no matter what kind of job they do or at what level they enjoy sport and fitness.


Keith Burnett, MSc, SMT

Keith Burnett, MSc, SMT: Tutor, Assessor & Quality Assurance

Keith is a Level 4 qualified Sport and Remedial soft tissue therapist who is active in the field as both a lecturer for BSc Sports Therapy at Henley College Coventry and practitioner with KJB Sports Massage. His practice has seen him support a variety of athletes from both amateur to performance backgrounds.

Keith is traditionally from a Sport and Exercise Science background, gaining a post graduate qualification specialising in Sports Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning in 2010 and had a redirection within areas of interest which has led him down the Sports Therapy pathway and is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Sports Therapy with Leeds Beckett University (Formerly Leeds Metropolitan)

He is viewed as a very proactive lifelong learner after pursuing various teaching (Assessors, PGCertHE) and professional (Taping and Strapping, Pitch Side Trauma First Aid) qualifications and attending a variety of conferences and symposiums (SST, BASRAT, UKSCA) as he strives to become an all-round comprehensive therapist.

As an ex National League Rugby Union player, Keith provides empathy in his practice as he understands the psychological, physiological and sociological effects that injuries have on athletes due to badly damaging his shoulder back in his playing days.