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Job Description

As a Leisure Centre Manager you will responsible for the day to day running of a leisure or sports facility, duties could include recruiting and managing staff, controlling budgets, arranging time tables of activities, ensuring the centre is compliant with regulations, making sure the equipment is maintained and in good working order, taking responsibility for health and safety of clients and staff, promoting the centre through social media and events.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You can become a leisure centre manager by working towards professional qualifications as an assistant or management trainee, or by gaining higher education qualifications in a relevant subject before you start. Relevant subjects include sports and leisure management and sports science.

Some large private sector employers run graduate management trainee schemes. 

Becoming a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) may help your career.

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

You're likely to have more opportunities for promotion in larger organisations. With experience you may be able to progress to area or regional manager with responsibility for service development among a group of centres.

You could use your experience in leisure centre management to move into related areas such as sports promotion and development, or building partnerships with local authorities and national governing bodies.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Leisure centre assistant
  • Fitness instructor
  • Football referee
  • Hotel manager
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A good interest in physical fitness and sport
  • Good customer service skills
  • The ability to work within budgets
  • Good marketing and promotional abilities
  • Able to lead and manage a team effectively
  • Good IT skills

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £35,000

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