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We help young people to engage, achieve and reintegrate!

Through careful consideration of the physical, social and emotional aspects of the whole-child, Up-Grade offer a range of individualised academic, sporting and therapeutic programs carefully designed to reach the young person on a personal level.

Our goal is to inspire achievement and success through developing a sense of personal empowerment.

Whether through tuition, physical skill development or therapeutic treatment; our goal is to change attitudes to learning, boost self-esteem and create a winning mindset!

Our objectives

To provide positive and knowledgeable role models to every young person we work with

To develop self-confidence in young people through real and exciting new skill-building

To inspire success and nurture the successful mind-set in the young person through a curriculum of supported challenges

To explore root causes of behavior at a time when the young person is experiencing a clear and productive mindset (the science)

To support participants in building skills  and strategies which will enable them to overcome barriers in everyday life

To model the values and benefits of education, both physical and academic

How we work

- We tailor our education and physical programs to the individual's needs

- We use therapeutic approaches to reach and develop the whole-child

- We use these therapeutic approaches to talk with the young-person about core issues

- We work with individuals or small groups to help raise attainment and improve behaviour

- We facilitate the development of a healthy lifestyle by developing a growth mind-set through education and specific skill-building

- We use intense, bite-size chunks of learning which hold attention and keep focus whilst achieving

Key Personnel 

Dan - Headteacher/Coach

Daniel is a multi-award winning teacher, youth mentor and sports coach with over a decade's worth of experience working with practitioners and young people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Up-Grade Training recognises that learning and growth is best achieved through action! Our training is practical and participation based. We create a high energy and stimulating environment with the emphasis on having fun whilst learning new skills.

To achieve this we can offer a number of tailor made training courses that fit specific requirements. These are designed in consultation with you to enable the best outcome for the young person.


  • MSc - Psychology

  • BA Hons - Education

  • L3 CPCAB Accredited Counsellor

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance Practitioner

  • L3 ASMAA Sports Coach

  • 2nd degree black-belt kickboxer

  • English Revolution kickboxing champion

  • 2019 Best Business Award Winner

  • 2020 Community Engagement Award Winner

  • 2021 Sports Coach of the Year Award Winner

  • 2021 Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award Winner

  • DBS Checked

  • First-Aid trained and certified

  • Psychological First Aid trained and certified

Sarah - Teacher and Coach

As well as company secretary, Sarah Barfoot is a youth coach for many young people in martial arts and often assists during group sessions as assistant coach and combat specialist.  

  • Graduate Degree in Education

  • ASMAA Sports Coach - Level 3

  • 2nd degree black-belt kickboxer

  • DBS Checked

  • First-Aid trained and certified

Up-Grade Training discusses the cognitive and emotional benefits of a healthy lifestyle with Bexhill's Community Podcast:

Up-Grade Training were invited to the studios to discuss health, fitness and well-being with the guys at the Bexhill's Community Podcast

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