Our Story

Planet Education is a company dedicated to inspiring children and young people to lead active and healthy lifestyles in everything it does.


This is achieved by providing 'Physical Education' (PE) and Sports Coaching services throughout Dorset, Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. With a team of over 40 full-time and part-time staff, the business provides tailored and specialised PE, teacher support and extra-curricular solutions to schools in both the public and private education sector. We continue to inspire children and young people outside of the school day by running additional sports and education programmes for children and young people aged 4-16 years, working closely with Local Authorities and other stakeholders in targeted projects. Then, during the school holiday periods the company runs holiday camps under our ‘Planet Active’ banner, providing active, inclusive and positive childcare for parents and guardians.

Our origins date back to 1997 when Chris, Roger and Linda Vertannes founded 'Team Elite', a local sports coaching company in Southern Hampshire. Since then this evolved to a regional company renown for high quality Physical Education and Sports Coaching, built and sustained on the passion, experience and expertise of its people.

Despite our growth we remain true to our roots and pride ourselves on our local approach to what we do. We have a proud tradition of developing our people, with examples throughout the company of those who once attended courses as children, now entrusted to lead the company.  

What we do goes beyond coaching

We recognise every child is unique, we make it our duty to make them feel valued through our ongoing commitment to provide high quality education, sports and activities for children and young people, regardless of their age, gender, ability or race. Respect and integrity are the cornerstones of that. Both are as fundamental in sport as they are in life.

As you can tell, we do more than simply help children learn new skills, get fit, enjoy an active lifestyle and have fun. Being PE, sport and activity providers, we bring them so many other benefits besides. These range from making new friends and developing self-confidence to understanding team work, self-esteem, discipline, dedication, respect and integrity.

Inspiring the next generation

Childhood Obesity is a serious twenty-first century problem, not only for the UK but much of the western world. Today 1/3 of children aged 2 to 15 years are overweight or obese, with clear links bewteen this and mental health issues, and shockingly in 2014 the UK spent more on this than the Police, Fire Service and Judicial system combined. We are committed to playing an active role in tackling this problem, using the passion and experience of our team to inspire those we engage with. Today we coach a wide range of children and young people, from three year olds in our inspirational nursery classes to those aged 16 and beyond, who join our Apprenticeship Scheme and work for us.

Every year we work with around 50,000 children, 150 primary schools, secondary schools and special educational needs (SEN) schools, 4,000 teachers and more than 40,000 parents. We deliver more than 500 courses, breakfast clubs, after school clubs and birthday parties right across the South of England.

We're very proud of the positive impact, however small, we have on those children and young people we engage with many having gone on to lead active lifestyles in either a playing or coaching capacity. Some have come a full and successful circle and work as part of the Planet Education team!

Our reputation underpins everything we do. We're proud of it. You can rely on it.