Sarah Bagshaw and Dave Ireson established Envisage in 2003. Their aim was to deliver Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym and ETM) and Level 3 Personal Trainer courses to learners in Sheffield. 

Envisage now delivers more than 50 vocational qualifications, traineeships and apprenticeships within the active leisure sector. During this time, Envisage formed strong links with several educational institutions and employers.

Quality is at the heart of Envisage. It goes above and beyond to ensure that the learner is not only awarded the qualification, but they are equipped with the talent and skills needed to excel in the health and fitness industry. For this reason, it is very fitting that Envisage is an official YMCA Awards Platinum Partner. 

On receiving the Platinum Partnerships award, Sarah Bagshaw (partner) for Envisage said “I am hugely proud that Envisage are a YMCA Awards’ official Platinum Partner. At times we have felt like a very small fish in a very big pond, but we set out to make a positive contribution to an industry we are passionate about and believed that quality should be at heart of our operation. We’re delighted our application has been successful and it is fantastic to be recognised for everyone’s hard work.”




Astara Training Ltd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Astara Training Ltd was established in 2013 by managing director Victoria Smith. As a dedicated social enterprise and YMCA Platinum Partner, Astara Training Ltd has been successful in delivering a wide range of qualifications to thousands of learners throughout the UK.

With more than 30 years of experience,  Astara established itself as a market leader for fitness qualification delivery within UK prisons.

“The whole team at Astara is passionate about quality and innovation, and cares deeply about the positive impact that its training has on individuals and communities.” Rob May (Director) YMCA Awards.

Whilst Astara does much of its work within prisons, it also delivers high quality training to external clients. By partnering with a number of universities and developing successful partnerships with supporting colleges, Astara has been able to secure national funding. 

On receiving the Platinum Partnerships award, MD Victoria Smith said: “We are thrilled to be recognised for the work we do within HMPs and beyond. Quality is at the heart of our delivery. Being able to work alongside the dedicated, professional and extremely talented PE Officers across the prison estate has helped us to achieve this prestigious recognition. We are very proud."



HFE (Health and Fitness Education) is an award-winning provider of personal trainer courses and fitness instructor qualifications that also deliver apprenticeships. 

With more than a decade’s worth of experience and an extensive knowledge of the fitness industry, HFE helps students by increasing their knowledge base in a variety of skills. The aim is to help students become the best exercise professionals that they can be. 

The learning resources HFE supplies are produced to the highest possible technical standards.  Supplied in a variety of formats that include print, digital, audio and e-Learning, HFE also delivers a personal, friendly and unlimited level of learner support to all students.

HFE not only works with individuals looking to gain qualifications, but also with commercial organisations seeking to upskill their staff. With various payment and funding options available, HFE provides a wide range of qualifications for everybody.  



The Fitness Education Academy

The Fitness Education Academy was established in 2008 and has grown considerably over the last few years due to gaining an excellent reputation in the fitness industry among employers and students.

Based in Penicuik, Scotland The Fitness Education Academy also deliver courses in Edinburgh, East Kilbride,  Fife and Aberdeen as well as offering bespoke courses to organisations and individuals within the industry. Delivering a wide range of qualifications and courses from Level 1 up to Level 4. The Fitness Education Academy also work closely with employers in the industry who turn to them when looking for new staff who they know will be qualified to a high standard after completing their qualifications with Scotland’s leading fitness training provider.

The Fitness Education Academy prides itself in the service offered to students and employers who can be assured that the standard of delivery and commitment from their highly qualified staff will continue to impress and lead Scotland’s fitness professionals through quality training.

On receiving the Platinum Partnership Award Annalisa Buchanan (founder and Director) of The Fitness Education Academy said ‘this is amazing news that we have been chosen as a YMCA Awards Platinum Partner, and the first in Scotland.  This is now another milestone for us in our aim to continually improve our quality and offer Scottish employers and students an ongoing service second to none.  Well done to all of our loyal and hardworking team who have helped this happen

Train Fitness International 

TRAINFITNESS has been an established and recognised training provider in the UK since 2000 and was one of YMCA Awards’ first approved centres. Having started with level 2 qualifications, TRAINFITNESS has grown to offer a variety of health, fitness and personal training qualifications at level 2, 3 and 4. As one of the first providers to offer online learning through its bespoke Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), TRAINFITNESS has been able to offer qualifications to learners who have, due to their geographic locations, been unable to attend traditional face-to-face courses.

Through constant development, the current TRAINFITNESS VLE uses some of the latest web technologies to track learners through their course and provide them with a range of support mechanisms to ensure their success. Learners are also able to study from anywhere using the TRAINFITNESS Mobile Student Desktop (mobile app), further increasing accessibility to YMCA Awards’ qualifications.

As an approved YMCA Awards centre, TRAINFITNESS has been able to offer an extensive range of qualifications designed to help people start a career in the fitness industry and further advance their career through continued professional development. On being accepted as a Platinum Partner, director Michael Betts was delighted by the recognition and excited about the future relationship with the industry’s leading Awarding Organisation. 


Discovery Learning 

For over ten years, Discovery Learning have provided high quality, industry accredited vocational training courses to the United Kingdom health and fitness industry. We have helped thousands of men and women lay the foundations for exciting and lucrative new careers in this booming business.

Discovery Learning is one of the fitness industry’s leading pioneers in electronic learning. We provide all our students with access to an online learning zone containing a comprehensive array of course materials including manuals, videos and mock assessments. This allows our students to study from any location they choose.

This, together with the totally time-flexible nature of our training courses, makes Discovery the ideal training partner for aspiring fitness professionals who need to balance training for their new careers with their current work or personal commitments. All our students undergo assessments at the end of their courses. We have an extremely high pass rate for these assessments, but we also allow any student that doesn’t pass the first time to take the assessment as many times as it takes them to pass.

We sell a wide range of training courses, but our most popular are our gym instructor and personal trainer qualifications. We provide these courses individually or together in a combined course package. We also provide advanced personal trainer courses containing additional modules in specialist areas such as obesity treatment or lower back pain management.

We have always aimed for our courses to cover every fundamental skillset required of the personal trainer. This means that in addition to extensive training on physical fitness and exercise, our personal training courses contain a wealth of content about diet and nutrition. At a time when more people in the UK than ever before are struggling with being overweight or obese, it is crucial that personal trainers possess the knowledge to help such people.