Training & Education


Fitness Excel Training offers a range of vocational fitness training courses, fully accredited by YMCA Qualifications.

Short Course: On-Line – An Introduction to Low Back Pain

This 12 week course is equivalent to a foundation science degree level course: Science students, health, sport, students interested in osteopathy, physiotherapy physical education or anyone curious learn more about back pain. Using an interactive platform, consisting of 3 hours each week you will learn about: Theoretical underpinning knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, definitions of low back pain, possible causes, posture, psychological & physical causes, management, personal profiling, strategies and exercise programmes using Pilates techniques.

Using a range of teaching resources, art, flipped learning lessons, mini tests and activities to accommodate a range of styles for learners. Course Date: Continuously run throughout the year. Fee: £360. Certificate of Attendance

Why study a short course? A short course can give the learner underpinning knowledge and skills in an area of interest, an introduction to the subject before undertaking a full vocational qualification or degree.


Students studying Personal Fitness Qualifications and Work Experience in Tenerife

Leonardo da Vinci Project VET Education, Language, Culture and Work Experience in Tenerife. Project No: 163059 – Fitness Excel Training gained European Funding to design a project which enabled students studying for Personal Fitness Training Qualification to gain work experience in Tenerife whilst learning Spanish.

Graduation – Students receiving their Diplomas

Celebrating Success

Two schools based in Birmingham, 12 students and their PE teachers took part in a fully funded 3 week work mobility placement, in Tenerife funded by Leonardo da Vinci. Sarah Grocutt, Project Manager applied for funds via Ecorys. The funding enabled students to study Spanish, fitness instruction and undertake the placements within industries.

Students worked in 4 different organisations to gain work experience in health, fitness and leisure industries.

“The Leonardo project has enabled me to use all my skills which I learnt, coaching tennis and martial arts. The experience has helped to develop confidence, manage money on a budget, improve my linguistic skills. I made friends from Turkey and Germany. These transferable skills will help me with my future career as I plan to study business and management at University”. Highly recommended

Students also had the chance to attend a lecture by Dr Javier, a local expert on altitude training, this gave us all an incredible insight into the psychological and physiological demands placed upon the cardiovascular system in high altitude training.

“It was a good balance between free time to visit places of interest combined with work experience. The intense Spanish language lessons at the Language Academy has given me the confidence to go and use my linguistic skills in shops and cafes before going on placement”. Amazing Experience

Project award:  The project won a highly commended award for the National Centre for Languages and a presentation took place at Europa House, Westminster, London.

Receiving a Business Award

TENERIFE – Study & Work

Mount Teide
Students on a Trip to Mount Teide

PREVIOUS PROJECTS: The Sport Institute of Finland

Sarah along with other International participants and Sports Science students from Leeds College took part in a study visit to Finland. Arriving in Helsinki, the Capital, the city’s urban area has a population of 1,268,296, making it an important city for education, culture and research.

University of Jyvaskya

Sarah with the group outside University of Jyvaskya

The University was established 1934, it is one of the countries leading Universities for education programmes. Areas of expertise include learning, teaching, physical activity, health and well-being, information technology, cultures and communities in global change. Lectures were also on the various Masters of Science Programmes.

The international delegates, both from the UK and across Europe stayed at The Sport of Institute, a versatile centre for education, leisure and sports. A national coaching and training centre for physical education which develops high level training both at a national and international level. The study involved lectures from the Canadian Federation of Ice Hockey. The Institute works in partnership with HAAGA HELIA University of Applied Science.

The visit included trips to the Olympic Stadium, investigating Finnish physical education in schools, research into sports conditioning, health and well-being, an insight into cold therapy rehabilitation.

The group had a chance to take part each day in Nordic walking, Finnish sports and games, winter swimming in the lake, night time skiing organised by sports students at the university.