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About us

Abbeycroft Leisure is the biggest leisure trust in Suffolk, working in five local district councils. It is a registered charity and operates as Social Enterprise, which means it re-invests all of its surplus back into its improving its service.

Abbeycroft provides a wide range of leisure services including gyms, exercise classes, swimming lessons as well as traditional sports such as badminton, squash and football.

We also regularly run National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) courses and our Centres are approved by Institute of Qualified Lifeguards.

We’re always on the lookout for people who want to learn new skills. Whether the motive is professional or personal, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our courses are perfect for those looking to make their first foray into the leisure industry opening up a number of career paths, or for the veterans of the industry that are looking to specialise their skillset.

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The NPLQ course aims to qualify the candidates to become Pool Lifeguards. The exam is on the final day of the course. If any candidates are not ready for the examination after the Course is completed due to their personal ability, the Course Tutor will give individual advice. If any candidate fails, they can apply for another exam at an extra cost of £30.00 (there has to be a minimum number of four candidates).

The RLSS set out the following requirements for course members:

  • Candidates should be fit and healthy and aged 16 on the first day of the course
  • Completely confident in deep water
  • Able to swim 50m in one minute or under
  • Able to swim 100m on their front and back and be efficient in Breaststroke
  • Be able to perform a Surface Dive to a depth of more than 1.8m
  • Be able to tread water for at least 30 seconds
  • Climb out unaided without the use of the steps

Work for us

As Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we offer careers for everyone, whether you’re experienced in leisure or you’re thinking about a career change.

Whether your ambitions lie in mangement, sport, finance, health and wellbeing, catering or marketing, you’ll be able to find your perfect job with us.

We offer unrivalled industry training and development, a range of benefits including pension scheme, free use of Abbeycroft’s health and fitness facilities, generous annual leave entitlement, family friendly benefits, discounts at local restaurants and venues.

Follow our page here on icanbea to view our latest vacancies or click here to visit our careers page!


If you’re just starting out, we also have a range of apprenticeships available.

Are you looking to forge a career in the leisure and fitness industry?

Then we’d love to hear from you!

We’re currently offering 18-month apprenticeship courses for enthusiastic school graduates, looking to make a positive impact within their local community.

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