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Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld

Croxton Road, Thetford, IP24 1JD

About us

We are a Leisure Centre & Swimming Pool Located in the heart of Norfolk, offering a huge range of activities to suit all age ranges and abilities including swimming, fitness in our gym, group classes, various sports, Aquazone swim lessons, Party Mania parties and much more.  We are looking for individuals that can offer a genuine level of commitment in return for support, opportunities and a rewarding career. By paying attention to the people we employ, in the form of development, we are able to achieve the excellence for which we strive.

Facilities at our Breckland site include: 

  • 25m Swimming Pool
  • Learner Pool
  • Leisure Pool
  • 55 Station Gym
  • Group Exercise Studio
  • Sports Hall
  • All-Weather Pitch
  • Cafe
  • Spin Studio
  • 6 Rink Indoor Bowls Green
  • Facilities to Hire

Find out more about our facilities on our website.


Want to learn whilst you earn? Kick start your career path to empower your future!

We offer leisure apprenticeship programmes in a variety of job roles ranging from Lifeguards to Catering Assistants. We also offer a multi-skill apprentice pathway, which will give you a wide range of future opportunities with us.

In addition to gaining a recognised qualification, our apprenticeship programme is delivered in a mentoring and coaching environment from our experienced employees and Managers.  

Meet Our Apprentices

Tom joined the Business System team in our Worcester head office at the end of 2017. He is currently working as a finance assistant carrying out various tasks such as assisting with the membership direct debit runs, creating income reports and analysis, helping maintain the Legend Club Management System.

Having spotted the apprenticeship on a job site Tom said it sounded very interesting and so applied. He later received a call from Lifetime training who were able to provide him with more information about the qualifications he could gain and they also helped him edit his CV, resulting in him having a successful interview!

Tom says when he left school he wanted to try something different as he felt he had done the same thing for 13 years at school. He wanted to gain experience within the working world whilst also gaining qualifications at the same time and so apprenticeship seemed like the perfect option for him.

"I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to someone as not only do you gain qualifications and valuable experience and qualifications you also earn a bit of money at the same time which is a welcome bonus"

When Chelsea applied to join our Apprenticeship scheme in 2012, she knew that she wanted to forge a career in the leisure industry and had been searching for the right opportunity. After hearing about the vacancy online, she came to one of our leisure centres for an assessment day and was quickly offered a place at her local centre as an Apprentice.
“Being so young, there was a lot of support, people offer advice and you shadow other employees. My tutor would always be available to help if I needed it.”

Under the scheme, Chelsea got to experience all sides of life in one of our leisure centres; from helping to set up courts and prepare the facilities for customers, to working as a lifeguard or helping out on reception. This variety enabled her to see how she wanted to progress and reaffirmed her commitment to working in the leisure sector.

After passing her apprenticeship in 2013, Chelsea became a full-time recreation assistant at the centre, and is now working as a Relief Duty Manager.

“To be a Relief Duty Manager is a massive step at my age. It’s been a really good experience and I’ve had a lot of opportunities. It’s a big responsibility to run a leisure centre at my age but I want to be a full time Duty Manager one day.”

Our Partnerships

We currently have a partnership with Lifetime training providers for our apprenticeship programmes.

How to Apply

Simply fill out the contact form on the apprenticeships page on our website and one of our team will get in touch with you to discuss our exciting opportunities!

Working at Breckland Leisure Centre & Waterworld

Our Breckland centre is a Parkwood Leisure site.

Who are Parkwood Leisure & Parkwood Community Leisure?
Parkwood Leisure is a national company with locations based across the UK. Primarily we run leisure facilities but our portfolio also includes Theatres, Private Health Clubs and Events and Conferencing Venues. We can offer you a fantastic opportunity to progress your career by joining a team of over 4500 employed nationwide in this successful, dynamic and nationally recognised leisure company.

Who Parkwood are looking for?
Parkwood Leisure is committed to recruiting flexible, motivated and dynamic individuals for all aspects of our operations. We are looking for individuals that can offer a genuine level of commitment in return for support, opportunities and a rewarding career. By paying attention to the people we employ, in the form of development, we are able to achieve the excellence for which we strive. Parkwood Leisure is committed to being the recognised standard for quality, care and excellence in the provision of leisure related facilities and to being an employer of choice.

Career Opportunities
Parkwood Leisure offers exceptional career opportunities in a variety of locations nationwide. You can join a winning team in one of the following;

Management Positions
Regional and Area Management; Contract & Centre Management; Department Management

Head Office Opportunities
Finance; Human Resources; Sales & Marketing; Business Development; Purchasing; Administration

Recreation Assistants & Lifeguards; Fitness Coaches; Memberships, Sales & Marketing Assistants; Sports Development Officers; Food & Beverage Assistants; Crèche Assistants; Administration Assistants; Receptionist; Maintenance Technicians; Dance Teachers

Training Programmes
Fast Track Manager Programme; Trainee Duty Manager Programme; Apprenticeships; Placements & Projects.

What we can offer you
Our commitment to achieving excellence means that we need to attract and retain talented, committed people. In return Parkwood Leisure provide: A wide range of career and development opportunities A commitment to quality, care and excellence in everything we endeavour to do Competitive salaries and benefits, including:

  • Pension scheme
  • 28 – 33 days holiday
  • Company sick pay
  • Free use of Parkwood Leisure facilities
  • A progressive, supportive environment in which to work
  • Access to training schemes and initiatives
  • Free uniform for those required to wear one
  • Discounts on products across the Holdings Group

Find out more

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