About Us



‘Active Health Group’ was formed in 1997, as ‘Active Health Sports Therapy’, by its founder Richard Johnson.  Initially, Richard ran a busy clinic, worked for various sports clubs, as well as teaching Sports Massage and Sports Therapy.

In 1999, Richard co-founded ‘Sports Therapy Organisation’ (STO), as a small networking group of physiotherapists and sports massage therapists working in sport which mainly covered the North West.  Its main aims were to provide support and advice, and also to ‘exchange’ ideas and techniques through small workshops.

As STO grew, the need for a good quality Sports Therapy course became more apparent as there were very few around.

In 2000, Christian Platts joined the team, and ‘Active Health Group’ was born.  Its main aim was to provide a good alternative to the traditional sports therapy courses offered mainly at colleges of further education.

Since then, Active Health Group has provided consistent professional training in Sports Therapy and Massage, and was the first company to develop externally accredited qualifications at Level 5 in Sports Therapy and Sports & Remedial Massage, and at Level 4 in Myofascial Release.  Where we have lead, others have followed.

Active Health Group has often been copied but our strength is in our excellent training programmes and outstanding trainers.

In 2006, ‘The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health’ (FIH) had a mandate to establish a self-regulatory body for Complementary Healthcare.  As the representative of the massage profession, the ‘General Council of Massage Therapies’ (GCMT) is on the FIH working group which is developing the structure for what should become a National Register covering all the different disciplines within Complementary Medicine. Our official Professional Association, STO is on the GCMT council where we are able to take an active role during this very significant decision-making period.  The GCMT has gone from strength to strength, and now ecompasses all Soft Tissue Therapies including Sports Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation.

In January 2009, the ‘Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council’ (CNHC) was launched with full government backing. Active Health Group Sports Therapy, Sport & Remedial Massage and Sports Massage graduates are eligible to join the CNHC.   Our Founder, Richard, plays has a role both with GCMT and CNHC to ensure our graduates are represented at all levels.


Richard Johnson
Founder and School Principal
Christian Platts
Principal Tutor
Bradley George
Training Manager & Sports Therapist
Kirsty Cooper
Tutor and Personal Trainer
Dawn Rothwell
Tutor and Equine Therapist
Jennifer Ossa
Tutor and Sports Therapist

People AHG

  • My therapy business is going really well since I qualified. One of my clients was in the top three remaining in this years celebrity jungle on ITV.! Can’t thank active health enough, changed my 55 hour week job to a successful practitioner! Hopefully see you in the new year for further education! Carl 🙂

    Carl Heaton
    UK, Bradford
  • Such a fantastic place to train with great tutors and an easy, relaxed atmosphere!

    Shaun Davies
    UK, Manchester
  • Great training with Richard, Christian and team today. Can’t wait to put my new skills to practice thanks all (:

    Megan Bearpark
    Wales, Cardiff
  • The best place to learn everything you need to know about sports therapy. Absolutely amazing team of tutors and I love every minute learning with you guys. Thanks for this week. I really enjoyed it.

    Arron McGrath
    UK, Oldham
  • Really enjoyed my experiences and hope to have many more in the future. I loved the group that I did my course with, they were the best that I’ve ever been involved with and the tutors are relaxed and approachable.

    Chris Kay
    UK, Huddersfield
  • To be honest, I really can’t fault anything about AHG. The teaching was excellent; Christian, Richard and James (plus two ladies whose names I can’t remember) kept all the lessons interesting and entertaining! I learnt loads over the period of two weeks for my Level 4 Cert in Sports Massage. Will certainly be coming back for my Level 5. Thanks everyone 🙂

    Francesca Bowan
    UK, Stretford
  • Great place to learn and for treatments. Knowledgeable and friendly staff

    Kevin Dawson
    UK, Manchester
  • Had a fantastic 2 weeks continuing my professional development at AHG. I highly reccomend both the advanced myofascial and medical acupuncture courses and feel excited and confident to integrate them into my practise.

    Ben Pye
    UK, Oldham
  • Great team, wonderful courses, they changed my life for the better.

    Andrew Guest
    UK, Worksop
  • Brilliant training by brilliant tutors. It’s enabled me to develop a career I’m passionate about and develop a business I’m proud of. I really couldn’t recommend highly enough.

    Colin Bailey
    UK, St Albans
  • Active health is awesome – the training, beyond expected and the staff are amazing. Definitely recomend them to anyone interested in massage, body work or higher level study.

    Michael Tyrone Minerve
    UK, London Colney
  • Knowledgeable and helpful team able to produce and maintain high teaching standards.

    Cameron Reid
    UK, Norfolk
  • Great medical acupuncture course this weekend! Excellent facilities and tutors. Great support from everyone there, giving you the belief in yourself with the new skills your being taught! Definitely recommend attending courses there.

    Alex Louise Carter
    UK, Barnoldswick
  • This is a great place to study, the format is simple, there are plenty of recourses and equipment. I can safely say the tutors are second to none. Everyday there is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and a very diverse group of students of all ages. The tutors, the students and the course itself has given me a fresh outlook on what it means to be doing what I am doing and what I’m capable of. It has been an incredible experience, thank you for all your support AHG.

    Christopher Moulder
    UK, Manchester
  • An amazing place to be taught. They teach you the skills u signed up, but also, the strength and belief in yourself to make you challenge yourself that little bit further. They are a welcoming and friendly bunch making you feel a part of the growth of the group.

    Marilyn Gregg
    Northern Ireland, Belfast