If you're an active person, who enjoys participating in practical sessions, whilst gaining a qualification, then we can train you for a career in Sport. Middlesbrough College boats a 3G Astroturf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite, a physiology lab, where you an expect support from specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex-professionals in their field. We have strong links with elite teams across the region in a variety of sports, and have seven professional academies that you could join alongside your studies.

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Career Choices

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.

MC Progression Pathways

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

Coaching  |  Community Sports  | Fitness Instructing  |  Professional Sports  |  Physiotherapy | Sport Psychologist | Sport Development Officer | PE Teacher | Sport Therapist

Careers in Sports & Recreation


Tees Valley Nature Partnership

Spectrum Health and Wellbeing

Middlesbrough Football Club

Marske United

Tu Nova Kettlebell

Why study with us?

  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 professional goalkeeper, Andy Collett.
  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
Katie Stephens holding a trophy on a golf course
I would recommend studying my course, the teaching is very good and in depth. We get a lot of support from tutors.
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Tom Eglinton sat on a bed
"The teachers are really knowledgeable and a few of them taught me previously so settling in took no time at all. I wasn't really certain on moving away from home for university, so studying HE at the College was the ideal route for me."
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A student holding their results in the street
Middlesbrough College is an amazing place to study. The tutors are so lovely and will help you with anything.
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Middlesbrough College student standing in the gym
I've dreamt of becoming a PE teacher for years, and the Sport & Exercise Science course has been a great stepping stone for helping me to get there. 
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Kurtis Osborne holding their results
You need to put the work in but even when it is challenging you know you have the support from your tutors, they are always there for you to help with anything. They help you make the most of the experience.
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A staff member teaching a student
The course has definitely helped to prepare me for my future. As well as the tutors being so great, we also get a good amount of work experience offered to us through the course which looks great on our CVs!
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sport students holding their results
I have loved my time at Middlesbrough College. The course is fantastic and has given me the skills I need to fulfil my career ambition of becoming a Sport Psychologist.  I have made new friends and I plan to stay in touch with them when we all go off to university.
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Sam Hunt holding their results
Going on this course was the best decision I have made and the hard work has paid off, I have always wanted to work in the sports industry and maybe work with professional teams so am excited to take a closer step to this at uni.
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Laura Massey
I really enjoyed my time here at College and the mix it up programme allowed me to study a range of subjects with different assessment methods meaning I was submitting assignments throughout the year as well as doing my exams so I felt like there was less pressure.
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Middlesbrough College student standing in the gym
I've loved my time here; covering both practical and theory has been great as I feel fully prepared for the next step!
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Louise Atkinson sitting down with a football
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.
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Ellie Gutcher standing on the AstroTurf field
My course is beneficial to my training and career goals, as I learn about nutrition and health and how this benefits my performance.
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Olivia Andrews holding their results
I had to take a month off for my recovery but my tutors were really supportive and made sure I was able to complete my course on time!
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Michael Bulmer holding a football
The sport course and the academy is the reason I chose to study at Middlesbrough College.
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Lachlan Kennedy sitting on a table with a cricket bat
I chose to study at Middlesbrough College because of the Cricket Academy.
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Amy-Simpson in a boxing ring
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.
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