Sport & Leisure



Want to turn your passion for the sports industry into a career? If you’re an active person who enjoys participating in practical sessions whilst getting a qualification then this could be the industry for you.

Middlesbrough College boasts the likes of a 3G Astroturf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab, where you can expect support from specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex-professionals in their field.


Supporting over 450,000 jobs in the UK, sport has become a £20bn industry over the last five years. World-class events such as the Rugby World Cup and the endless growth of football have made the industry one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. The legacy of the London Olympics has been a major boost for the sports economy in the UK, and this popularity has meant that more people are choosing to pursue careers in this fast-growing business.

Career Progression Routes

Former Sport and Leisure students have gone on to work in careers such as:

Coaching  |  Community Sports  | Fitness Instructing  |  Professional Sports  |  Physiotherapy



Everyone Active

Middlesbrough Football Club

The Bannatyne Group

Tees Active

Darlington Leisure Services


  1. Alongside your full-time course, Middlesbrough College offers the opportunity to join one of its 7 Sporting Academies
  2. Academy students have the opportunity to gain a sports scholarship to support with their training 
  3. Sports staff are industry specialised and many are ex professionals in their field including former Middlesbrough FC player Neil Maddison
  4. Middlesbrough College has a 3G Astroturf pitch (which splits into three 5 a side pitches), a multi-usage games area (MUGA), a large sports hall, a strength and conditioning suite, a physiology lab and a gymnastics centre
  5. Full-time students can access free college gym membership
Louise Atkinson
I took part in the Premier Player scheme with the College when I was at Northfield Academy and I heard about the Football Academy at College so I decided to join.
Ellie Gutcher
My course is beneficial to my training and career goals, as I learn about nutrition and health and how this benefits my performance.
Michael Bulmer
The sport course and the academy is the reason I chose to study at Middlesbrough College.
Lachlan Kennedy
I chose to study at Middlesbrough College because of the Cricket Academy.
I couldn’t have done it all without the experience at Middlesbrough College behind me. My tutors have really encouraged me, and it was working with them that gave me the inspiration to go for it.

99% of our Sport students were happy with the support they received