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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: N

Course Summary

The Performance Academy Internships are available in three disciplines: Coaching, Leisure Operations, and Strength and Conditioning.

An internship is an extended work placement designed to provide students with vocational experience and to develop their technical skills. Each internship is planned to last for 12 weeks but these can be extended to cover the full academic year.

Whilst the internship itself offers no formal substantial qualification, smaller professional development qualifications will be delivered to upskill students in areas such as digital skills, nutrition and safeguarding.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the Coaching Internship are: 

  • Good levels of communication
  • Self confidence to lead and instruct sessions
  • Strong motivational skills
  • Time management and organisation skills
  • An existing background or some experience in coaching
  • Aspirations to coach as a career

The entry requirements for the Leisure Operations Internship are:

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Knowledge of the rules and equipment requirements for a range of sports
  • Health and safety awareness
  • Strong people skills
  • Good IT skills and social media knowledge
  • Aspirations to work in leisure management

The entry requirements for the Strength and Conditioning Internship are:

  • A background in gym instruction or personal training
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Health and safety knowledge
  • Excellent motivational skills
  • Good communication skills, including through social media
  • Aspirations to work in the fitness industry

GCSE profiles will be reviewed on application.

Course Content

Each internship will focus on the primary roles involved in that career path. Interns will work alongside and support coaches, facility staff and personal trainers to gain experience and understand the role.

Day-to-day activities will revolve around each of the specialisms and can involve: setting up and taking down sports equipment, designing information and engaging clients through social media, delivering sessions, arranging fixtures or events, ensuring health and safety is followed, and organising stores and kit.

Further additional training and qualifications will be included. These will include English and Maths GCSE re-sits if required.

How will I be assessed?

The internship has no formal assessment but interns are expected to keep a detailed work diary over the duration of their programme.

All interns are expected to have exemplary attendance and punctuality and must be properly presented in College uniform at all times.

A professional development plan and skills audit will be developed to plot out the intern's next steps towards their chosen career path.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There are no additional costs.

An intern's timetable may involve evening sessions or travel across sites. The cost of transportation and availability to access late sessions should be considered before applying.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Interns can progress to any full-time course in Sport, commensurate to their GCSE profile and specialist qualifications.


Interns may wish to continue towards employment in their chosen specialism. Alternatively, they may wish to start a different internship to gain further experience and industry knowledge.

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Jess Guest

Jess Guest

Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest. Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three. Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship,
Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction. In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.
Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.



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