United Fitness Academy offer the highest quality education to train and develop individuals within the health and fitness sector.

So If you’re looking to start a career in the fitness industry, or develop on your existing qualifications then you’ve come to the right place!

All of our qualifications are nationally accredited through Active IQ and are fully recognised by employers and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Courses are delivered through face-to-face workshops, distance learning styles and eLearning platforms allowing students to access podcasts, webinars and video lectures.

We offer flexible learning through full time courses, part time courses, online learning and CPD (continuing professional development) courses.

As well as delivering all theory and practical education, we include training on marketing and sales techniques to help our students maximise their potential in the industry when they leave our courses.


Our team:


Sean Mcnamee:

As a former Nationally ranked swimmer, Sean has been involved with sport and performance from an early age. Becoming qualified as a Fitness Instructor in 2005 and then a Personal Trainer in 2007, Sean has over 11 years of experience in the industry.

In this time he has worked in a multitude of settings from gyms, freelance PT, sports teams, strength and conditioning, boot camps, studio classes, weight management and childhood obesity programs.


Stephen Batchelor:

Steve originally trained as a Design Engineer before changing careers to become a Personal Trainer in 2004.  His engineering background lead to him developing an interest in the bio-mechanics of movement and how poor movement patterns can contribute to pain and impact upon sports performance.  Over the last 13 years Steve has worked with numerous high level athletes and sports teams and has pioneered many techniques (such using foam rollers) that we now find commonplace throughout the fitness industry.

Outside of United Fitness Academy, Steve works a Chartered Physiotherapist running a successful busy practice in Colchester.  He is still passionate about exercise and movement and uses both to specialise in rehabilitating complex cases which do not respond to conventional treatment.


Charlie Heywood:


Charlie has worked within the Active Leisure industry for nearly 15 years, working in a range of roles including Fitness Manager, Freelance Instructor, Personal Trainer, Tutor, Assessor, Education Manager, Internal Verifier and most recently External Verifier for the leading Awarding Organisation in the sector – Active IQ.

Charlie has a wealth of experience in education and quality assurance across a range of qualifications and likes nothing more than supporting staff and learners towards achievement in this vastly growing industry.




Sean McNamee – Tutor / Assessor


Steve Batchelor – Tutor/Assessor


Charlie Heywood – Internal Verifier / Tutor, assessor


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