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Sideways 8 Training provides high quality, industry relevant qualifications with flexible modes of delivery.

We are proud to deliver the best value health and fitness qualifications in Sussex and the surrounding area. Over the last three years we have trained hundreds of people in a range of health and fitness disciplines enabling them to begin a new career, compliment an existing role, or earn extra income.

Our courses are all you need to become a qualified personal trainer, gym instructor, sports massage therapist, yoga instructor or exercise to music instructor. Courses are delivered by experienced professionals and are designed to lead straight into employment or enhance your existing skill set.

We offer both taught and online courses, which can be studied via our e-learning portal. 

All our health and fitness courses are accredited by Active IQ and carry the all-important REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) accreditation. 

Kristoph Thompson

  • Course Director Open or Close

    Kristoph has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years, firstly as a coach to professional athletes in the US, before transitioning into education. With a decade of experience in the FE and HE sectors, lecturing within colleges and universities, Kristoph has developed a unique understanding of how training is perceived from the varying points of view of the student, the educational institution and the fitness industry. It is this privileged insight which positions S8 Training at the forefront of bespoke training solutions that deliver real ROI.

Daniel Sheppard

  • Lead Tutor Open or Close

    Dan is an experienced personal trainer with a Sports Science degree and an Advanced Professional Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Physiology. He has worked as a Senior Health and Wellbeing Physiologist for Nuffield Health as well as Fitness Manager for Fitness First. Dan is passionate about teaching and was formally an associate lecturer with the University of Brighton. He combines his passion for education and fitness by teaching and training academy football players.

Jayne Brockwell

  • Tutor, Exercise to Music Open or Close

    Janye is an energetic and extremely knowledgeable fitness professional. As well as being a qualified personal trainer, GP referral specialist and Post Natal fitness expert Jayne is experienced in teaching a plethora of group exercise sessions including group cycling, BOKWA, kettlebells, Fightklub, Swiss Ball, circuits and Boxercise.

Erica Stone

  • Tutor, Sports Massage Open or Close

    Erica is a successful and sought after sports therapist with clients spanning three counties. Erica, who formally worked for British Swimming treating GB athletes at Diving Camps around the country, holds a level 5 advanced diploma in Sports Therapy as well as a Sports Science Degree from Loughborough University. Erica is experienced in a range of techniques including myofascial release, mobilisations, soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, neuromuscular techniques, Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation, strapping and taping.

Darren Scutts

  • Tutor, Gym Instructor Open or Close

    Darren has been working in the fitness industry for 18 years as a personal trainer and 6 years as a bodybuilding coach, originally in his native South Africa and more recently in the UK. A competitive bodybuilder himself, having competed at an International level at Mr Universe, Darren brings a wealth of experience to the gym instructor and personal trainer courses. Darren is extremely passionate about helping people to achieve their goals and realise their potential through effective nutrition, posture and perfect technique.

Mark Hart

  • Assessor & Verifier Open or Close

    Mark has over ten years of experience as a tutor, assessor and verifier and is responsible for the delivery, assessment and quality assurance across all of our qualifications. Mark’s role is to ensure that the stringent standards set by Active IQ and REPs are upheld. Mark is proud to be involved in the process of shaping the future of the fitness industry and helping people to progress in their careers. In addition to tutoring and assessing, Mark also runs his own successful personal training and nutritional consultancy; Have a Hart.


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