Sport, Outdoor Education and Public (Uniformed) Services

Sport and Outdoor Education

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Set within 400 acres of Hampshire Countryside the Sparsholt Sports department provides outstanding facilities for high standards of learning in all areas of sport. From participating in a variety of sport and fitness activities, to learning about anatomy, physiology and the psychology of sport, our purpose built sports centre provides the ideal learning space. The centre is home to the largest climbing wall in any college in the region and also houses its own Sports England multi-purpose sports hall. The extensive gym and studio space allows students to maintain their own fitness, while also developing real world skills and qualifications for industry. Our Football Academy is renowned and our association with Southampton Football club is much admired.


The sports and leisure industries are continuing to grow – especially following the 2012 Olympics/Paralympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which have sparked renewed interest and increased profile of sport in the UK. The range of job options is wide but would typically include:

  • Instructor – outdoor centre, sports centre, fitness centre
  • Specialist coach
  • Teacher (PE)
  • Professional or semi-professional player/athlete
  • Leisure centre management
  • Fitness professional


  • Brand new indoor sports centre
  • Large purpose built indoor climbing wall
  • High quality fully equipped fitness suite
  • Exercise studio with sprung floor
  • High quality first team football pitch – fully fenced with dugouts
  • Two additional football pitches plus training areas
  • Four separate pitch-side training facilities
  • Academy links with professional and amateur clubs (including Southampton FC, Andover Town FC, Southampton Girls & Ladies FC)
  • Low ropes course for leadership training and instruction
  • Plenty of space around the campus and surrounding countryside for mountain biking
  • Exclusive access to a local lake for kayaking and canoeing
  • Trips to other local resources for adventure activities on the coast, in the New Forest, for expedition training in Dartmoor and for kayaking and mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons and North Wales

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Sparsholt College’s exciting new sports centre was opened in 2014 and includes a full size sports hall, an exercise studio with sprung floor, a fully equipped fitness suite and a purpose built state of the art climbing wall. The new climbing wall includes natural rock features, overhangs and a number of sport routes to suit climbers of all abilities.

The fitness suite is specified to a high standard. It contains a variety of individual station resistance training equipment, free weights, a Smith Machine and Power Rack to allow a wide variety of resistance programmes to be undertaken.

The suite also contains a number of Concept II rowing machines and a kayak trainer, together with cycles, treadmills, cross-trainers and a stretching/warm-up area. Qualified instructors are on-hand for advice and support on training programmes, rehabilitation and dietary issues.

The department has a fleet of mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks used extensively for practical training locally and further afield in areas such as the New Forest, Purbeck Hills and South Wales. Hill walking and rock climbing equipment is deployed for higher level and extended expeditions.

Sparsholt College is:

  • Host to the Southampton FC ‘Second Chance’ Football Program
  • A recognised centre for Coach Development Hampshire

Student Story

The course is really hands-on with lots of opportunities for rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and canoeing. The social side of the course is great too – you get to know your course mates so well, especially when you go away on trips and visits. The new sports hall is brilliant and the tutors are great!

Liam Griffiths, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public and Uniformed Services

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