The UK health and fitness industry is continuing to grow. As of May 2017, the market value is estimated to be worth around £4.7 billion*. With over 9.7 million fitness members in the UK* the need for advice and guidance from fitness experts has never been greater. 

Why should I consider Personal Training?

If you love spending your spare time in the gym, love sport, love exercising and are always willing to hand out tips and advice to other gym-goers then what could be better than turning your passion into a career? Working will feel less like work and more like fun!

What will I do?

As a personal trainer no two days will be the same as you will offer knowledge, guidance and support to a variety of clients, helping them achieve their fitness goals. Learning about each client will be of the upmost importance as you will need to create personalised and unique training programmes to suit each and every individual. The rewards are endless as you help clients transform their lives.

What skills will I need?

You may not realise but during your time within a professional football environment you are constantly taking in information from those around you. All those hours spent in the gym perfecting technique, the intense training sessions outside on the grass, and even the relaxed days recovering from matches, all these are carefully planned push you to reach the highest level of fitness.

All this knowledge is essential when looking to become a personal trainer and you can use it to help others to achieve their fitness goals. Having experienced an elite sporting environment, you have an edge in the industry.

Most importantly you will need to understand your client, from what they enjoy to their limitations, every programme will need to be creative to keep them engaged and on track to their fitness goals.

How will I find the time to study?

Providers run different courses including 6 weeks' intensive full-time programmes, online self-study and bespoke packages depending on your circumstance, so you do not need to wait until you have finished your career as a footballer to start a course.

How much will it cost?

Some training providers offer a discount for PFA members who wish to undertake a personal training course, for more information please contact

2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report*