Wednesday 1st June 2016: The Sports Gym, located within The Sports Village, is looking for Strength & Conditioning Internships to join the team, assisting with the Sutton Tennis Academy Strength & Conditioning programme.

About us:

Sutton Tennis Academy is an LTA grant funded facility. Over the past 8 years the development of the Strength and Conditioning department has led to an increase in demand for both squad and individual sessions, varying from U8s to elite full time players. Due to this increased demand and prioritisation of tennis conditioning by Sutton Tennis Academy, multiple internship positions have become available.

What do we expect from you?

We are looking for Strength and Conditioning coaches that are either at the beginning of their career or would like to move into tennis Strength and Conditioning.  You will have to be enthusiastic and willing to learn. You will be prepared to commit yourself for a 12 month period.

Within that period the interns will be required to:

Assist and deliver Strength and Conditioning sessions to a wide variety of ages and levels of player, as directed by the head of Strength and Conditioning.

Increase their knowledge by attending some or all of the following programmes:

·         UKSCA foundation workshop

·         UKSCA workshops Program design, plyometric and Olympic lifting

·         UKSCA accreditation assessment

·         Corrective exercise specialist

·         Performance enhancement specialist

·         Internal meetings and workshops

Attend weekly Strength and Conditioning and coaching meetings.

Assist with testing, data collection and input, including weekly monitoring stats.

Work early mornings, evenings and possibly weekends.

Assist with managing the Strength and Conditioning area.

Show a passion and commitment to Strength and Conditioning.

Any other duties deemed necessary by the Head of Strength and Conditioning.


Candidates should hold or be in their last year of a Strength and Conditioning degree / sports science /sports rehab degree or REPS level 3 qualified with good anatomy and physiology knowledge

Desirable but not essential:

Working towards a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning

ASCC or CSCS certification

CPR/AED qualification

What will you get from us?

Flexible working hours (we have 6 sessions a day in which you can be involved and a gym that is open for over 12 hours a day).

Working in a high performance environment, interacting with accredited Strength and Conditioning coaches, high performance tennis coaches, sports psychologist and specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapists in a player centred team environment.

Increase your understanding and ability to justify programme design and application

The ability to increase your understanding of youth conditioning theory and practice.

Learn how theory actually works in practice.

Learn how to become qualified as an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach and enhance your CV so improving your job prospects.

Support and help with your continuing professional development from the Strength and Conditioning team whatever qualification you are trying to achieve. Generally CPD will be self-funded; however for the right candidates with the right commitment level there is a possibility of funding for the qualifications/workshops stated earlier.

If already qualified to the right standard, or once UKSCA foundation level is achieved, the ability to do paid individual work under the guidance of the Head of Strength and Conditioning will become a possibility.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter to:

Henry Jones, Sutton Tennis Academy, Rosehill, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3HH or email Henry at 

Closing date for applications is 22/06/16.

Interviews will be held the week of June 27th 2016 to start week beginning September 5th 2016.

What do our past interns think about the experience?

“I found that Sutton gave me an environment to express myself and develop my knowledge with a wide range of age groups, ability, sports and nationalities.  Sutton not only increased my knowledge on how to, but also on the why, especially practically.  Their team have helped me massively with regard to my progress towards UKSCA accreditation especially the lifts. But more importantly I feel that I am now a better S & C coach from my time here

James Fleming BSc ASCC CES Middlesex Youth Academy S & C Coach

“The last nine months have been very beneficial for my coaching development. Challenging, educational, rewarding and great fun. I recommend it to anyone who is passionate about paediatric S+C”

Oliver Fawls BSc ASCC CES S & C Coach England Visually impaired and learning disabilities cricket team

“A fantastic opportunity and great atmosphere to experience S&C! All hands on practical application which helped me pass my UKSCA in just 6 months”

Henry Jones BSc ASCC, CES

“The internship at STA has taught me so much about "real world" S&C. My theoretical, best scenario knowledge was good, but it's applying that to true S&C is very different. Working with such diverse age groups has made me a much better coach, and taught me that theory is theory and practice is practice. As well as this, I've completed CES, a massage course and feel far more confident about my UKSCA accreditation that's due soon. Without the internship at STA, I wouldn't be anywhere near as confident coaching as I would have been otherwise”

Joe Williams BSc ASCC CES

"The internship at STA was the most challenging, but also the most rewarding placement I have been on. It allowed me to accelerate my learning and application as a Strength and Conditioning coach by continuously highlighting my weaknesses, and then providing the opportunity to improve them throughout the course of the year. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to rapidly develop their practice as a Strength and Conditioning coach"

Henry Singh Applegate BSc (hons), ASCC, CES