Take a look at the current placements & opportunities we have on offer exclusively for our Level 5 students 


Gaining a top level qualification that gives you the hands-on skills to begin your new career is obviously important, but what about gaining real-life experience so you can be prepared for life post-graduation?

At NLSSM, we recognise the importance of this and that’s why we offer a variety of regular work experience placements and opportunities to our Level 5 Diploma students throughout their course.

We have listed below a sample of the current opportunities we have on offer, so you can get an idea of the type of placements you can apply to when you train with us. This is not a requirement of the course, but we encourage and support all of our students to apply. 

Please note: this is not a full list, but an example of the placements that are available. 

London Studio Centre has a placement opportunity for NLSSM Level 5 students or graduates to experience working within a vocational pre-professional dance and performance training environment! 

Soft Tissue and Sports massage is offered at LSC as part of their Physical Support Scheme, made up of Physiotherapists, an Osteopath and a Strength & Conditioning Coach.

The role includes:

  • Providing Soft Tissue and Sports Massage treatments
  • Maintaining notes of given treatments
  • Reporting back to the Head of Student Welfare and Physical Support Scheme
  • Referring to Osteopath or Physiotherapist, where indicated via the Head of Student Welfare 

Successful placement therapists will be working alongside the Physical Support Team, offering them the opportunity to experience a multidiscipline team working environment within a fastpaced pre-professional performance training setting.

This exciting opportunity is availbale to both current NLSSM students or graduates to join the multidisciplinary team at Queen Park Rangers football club

They will be able to experience working with high level athletes and gain an insight into the day-to-day operations of working within an elite sporting environment under the guidance of the current 1st team medical department.

Some of the roles and responsibilities are, but not limited to;

  • Providing soft tissue massage for post-match day recovery and training preparation.
  • Maintain medicolegal notes of given treatments.
  • Report findings back to the medical department.

All hours completed at the club will count towards required logbook hours. For both graduates and students this is also an invaluable faddition to their CV.

This is a regular, ongoing placement working with the students at the Royal Ballet School and a great chance to work with dancers in a ‘real life’ clinic. Therapists will work alongside the healthcare team and gain vital experience of working in a multidisciplinary team environment. 

Successful applicants will work with the RBS for a 6-8 week placement and be a part of the dancers’ post training recovery. 

You can find out more about our partnership in the article on their website here. 

“The experience was truly useful on so many levels! It both boosted my confidence in being able to deliver effective enough treatments. I particularly enjoyed the easy-going and busy atmosphere and…it allowed me to finely refine and tune palpation, touch, intentionality and adaptability”.

Anne M, July 2022


“Being able to be surrounded by such a professional health care team, and observing their way of working is very rewarding. I keep saying that when I’m in that room I feel like a sponge that wants to absorb it all! What I noticed since I started my working experience at the RBS is a boost in my confidence! Both on the way I massage them and on the communication level. I feel very grateful for this experience”.

Margherita G, July 2022


Crystal Palace Football Club are looking for a number of current NLSSM students or recent graduates to work closely with both the first team and development squads.

The role(s) are to support the medical department with a number of duties including:

  • Assist in the treatment of injuries when required
  • Assist in the data collection and audit of injuries
  • Provide sports massage pre and post-training Person Specification

All hours completed at the club will count towards the required logbook hours.



This is a great opportunity to be involved in one of London’s most exciting sporting events of the year.

Students will have the choice of different charities to work with and treat runners after they have completed their race. They will have the opportunity to gain some invaluable hands-on experience with a wide variety of people, working alongside experienced therapists. 

Previous charities that students have worked with have included:


This September 2023 NLSSM students and graduates will be helping to support athletes taking part in the World Championship at Lee Valley White Water Center in conjunction with British Canoeing 

Lee Valley is also the home base for BC paddlers and the site in which canoeing and kayaking was held for the London 2012 Olympics. 


London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) has a placement opportunity for student or recent graduate therapists from NLSSM to experience working in an elite pre-professional contemporary dance environment and within a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

The applicant will be working with the double-award winning Physical Support Team at LCDS, which includes two physiotherapists, a soft tissue therapist (a graduate of NLSSM), a strength and conditioning coach, a dietician, and the Head of Dance Science (Stephanie De’Ath – Senior Tutor at NLSSM).

The applicant will be providing soft tissue treatments to undergraduate and postgraduate students and will be referred clients via a member of the Physical Support Team. 


Wycombe Wanderers are a professional football club from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire that competes in the football league.

NLSSM Students have the opportunity to complete pre & post-training massages as well as work with injured players and help out on game days. All sessions will be supervised by a physiotherapist who will also provide mentoring and CPD sessions.  They can offer flexible hours to accommodate the student’s schedule throughout the football season. 


The well established Ealing Trailfinders RFC are a championship club based in London.

This position is available to students and graduates of NLSSM and the main focus will be around assisting the medical team with the recovery of the first team players. It requires punctuality, reliability, professionalism, excellent communication and personal skills. 

In return you will gain the opportunity to help develop your skills for a potential career in sports massage as well as gaining invaluable practical experience and a chance to work within a multidisciplinary team environment.


Harlequins RFU is a professional rugby union club that plays in Premiership Rugby, the top level of English rugby union.

Harlequins Rugby Club has a placement opportunity for a select number of NLSSM students to experience working in an elite sports environment. 

Successful placement therapists will have the chance to observe at least one full day with the Harlequins medical/S&C team during their placement block. There would also be opportunities to take part in strapping workshops, case study discussions etc.

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