Kickstart Performance Skills

Kickstart Performance Skills

⭐️ For the first time ever Now running as a bootcamp course over 4 weeks,
starting Monday 13th Sept to 8th Oct ⭐️

Use COUPON KPSBOOT100 for £100 off (only available for the first 12 places)



"I emailed Man Utd for work experience and never heard back! What's wrong with them?"
(this is a real quote btw).

If you want to work in performance sport - you need work experience to show that you can do the job. There seems to be a misconception that your first attempt at getting work experience will succeed. Those that make it almost always have to try numerous times to get the foot in the door. Everyone has to graft at finding it, but most people are fumbling around in the dark about how to go about it. However, the critical step that most people overlook is that before you get work experience - you need to develop the skills, mindset and methods to ACQUIRE and SUCCEED in work experience. Now you can benefit from a proven method to get ahead.

Here's some common mistakes;

  • If you're 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.
  • If you're hoping your non-sport part-time work (in pubs, supermarkets, pet shops) will be enough. Well, that can help a bit, as they do involve transferable skills, but they're not specific enough!
  • If you're you're putting all your hopes in that work placement during your course? That's good! And if you've 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!

This course is a proven method to guide you through the essential lessons with interactive activities to help you take your first steps toward and succeeding in work.

NOW this course is running live from Sept 13th to Oct 8th 2021

Steve on stage 2019 conference

Course Tutor: Dr Steve Ingham

"With KPS I 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.
I've distilled my experience of supporting 1000s of athletes and developing 1000s of performance professionals into this course, to help you take ownership of your future by following a proven path to success"

"Some of the roles, I've held in high-performance";

2016- present; Performance consultant, Supporting Champions
2013-2016; Director of Science and Technical Development, English Institute of Sport
2009–2013; Head of Physiology, English Institute of Sport
2005–2009; Lead Physiologist, English Institute of Sport
1998–2004; Senior Physiologist & Sports Science Manager, British Olympic Association
1997–1998; Sports Performance Officer, English Sports Council

Kickstart Performance Skills

Supporting you to acquire high quality work experience, learning the skills necessary to thrive in work and ready yourself to succeed working in sports performance

Weekly live lessons

  • Benefit from live lessons and bonus task
  • Connect with fellow students
  • Pair up and develop accountability to each other
  • Learn and develop together

Online Course

High quality video tutorials in a digestible format

28 Bitesize lessons

A step-by-step process to take you from your first realisations about the need to develop yourself through to acquiring and succeeding in work experience.

4 Core modules

Take the proven steps of understanding, skill development and action

  • Creating your future
  • Understanding work in sports performance
  • Growing skills and work experience
  • Thriving and professionalism

12 worksheets

12 actionable worksheets to inspire you to move forward


Don't go it alone. Learn and develop together in our community hub. Network with like-minded people and ask your questions.

Marcus Ward2

Marcus Ward

Sports Scientist, Nottingham Forest FC, Nottingham Trent Uni

“This course gives excellent insight and recommendations for helping me work in the world of high performance”

Rebecca Lennon

Rebecca Lennon

Physiologist, Glasgow University

"As a recent graduate, this course is very relatable and beneficial in helping me at this stage in my life!"

elliot sharp

Elliot Sharp

Psychologist in training, Loughborough University

“I now understand what are the priority areas of personal and interpersonal skills required to grow as a practitioner”

Bootcamp Course Overview


Bootcamp info

🥾  Bootcamp cohort_based course
⚡️  Intermediate

🏷  £299.99
(£100 off for first 12 sign ups - using KPSBOOT100 coupon)
💻. Live lessons
🏠  Discussion community
⏩  Webinar replay
👊🏽  Challenge series
⁉️   Q&As to help your career

IDEAL FOR: 2nd year to final year students who are now starting to take their future career seriously and know they need to invest in their development.

SKILLS: Acquire the complete skill set to bridge the gap;
-Understanding what it takes to work in sports performance
-Realise what employers are really looking for
-How to acquire experience explore career routes
-How to develop professionalism in your experience

COURSES: KICKSTART PERFORMANCE SKILLS is a certificated track. Take additional modules to start studying for the INTERDISCIPLINARY AWARD (completed by undertaking modules in GRADUATE TO PERFORMANCE).

LIVE LESSONS: For the duration of the 4 week course, benefit from supplementary lessons, focused tasks, Q&As, pairing with other students, acountability challenges. Take a look at the schedule of live events below. You can replay the course, but it is important that you show-up as much as possible to really learn. The students who do the most work get the biggest results.

SUPPORT: Join the community of aspiring sports performance professionals  developing and networking together. Benefit from exclusive live Q&As and professional development webinars to fast track your skills.

Students who have completed this course show persistence, willingness to learn and the right mindset to succeed in performance teams. Taking this course will put you in the top 3% of talent and position you ahead of the pack with the skills, experience and mindset that employers need.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work at Man Utd FC, Royal Yachting Association, British Gymnastics, FC Nordsjaelland and many other sports teams.

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.

Modules to take you forward


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

Understanding work 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

Applied skills and growing experience

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

Thriving and professionalism

  • Turning up to work and starting well
  • Reflective practice
  • Developing your professional skills
  • Being effective in your studies

Live Lesson Schedule

Weekly live lessons to supplement your learning and enhance progress (all times GMT)

Week 1 wc Sept 13th

Tuesday Sept 14th 6.30pm Introduction to the course
Course onboarding, introduction, Q&A, platform orientation and first task

Friday Sept 17th 4.00pm Review of the weekly tasks and Q&A
Discussion about what type of career you're hoping for and what you can currently do

Week 2 wc Sept 20th

Tuesday Sept 21st 6.30pm Week 2 introduction
Crafting an email to find work experience and assessing your skills abilities

Friday Sept 24th 12.30pm Review of the weekly task and Q&A
Review of skills assessment, group sharing of draft emails and send

Week 3 wc Sept 27th

Tuesday Sept 28th 6.30pm Week 3 introduction
Identifying how you have developed yourself and pairing up with fellow student and starting to provide support to people

Friday Oct 1st 4.00pm Review of the weekly task and Q&A
Review of co-support and examples of developing your own performance

Week 4 wc Oct 4th

Tuesday Oct 5th 6.30pm Final week introduction
Transitioning from student to professional mentality and starting to reflect

Friday Oct 8th 4.00pm Review of the course, reflections
Reflections of successes, challenges, how to move forward

Watch some sample clips from the course


*Complete the track to achieve the certificate. Include the award on your CV, use to demonstrate competency for your accreditation and continued professional development.

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We utilise the lessons learned from the last 25 years of working in high performance sports and businesses to support and champion you, your teams and systems.

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