Leisure centre manager

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Leisure centre managers are responsible for the daily running of leisure centres and facilities.
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What does a leisure centre manager do?

Duties would vary depending on where the role is based, but would typically include:

  • arranging timetables for activities
  • organising and promoting special events
  • recruiting and managing staff
  • controlling budgets
  • taking responsibility for health and safety
This role may also involve visiting external organisations, such as local authorities, to promote the facilities of the centre.

What do I need to do to become a leisure centre manager?

You can become a leisure centre manager in one of the following ways:

  • completing a higher education qualification before applying for management jobs
  • starting as an assistant or management trainee, and working towards professional qualifications

Relevant higher education courses include foundation degrees, HNDs, and degrees in subjects such as:

  • sports and leisure management
  • leisure studies
  • sports science
  • recreation management
You could improve your chances of employment by gaining practical experience in a leisure centre, either through paid seasonal work or by volunteering.

Related skills

  • Administration
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Financial planning
  • IT
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

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Where could I be working?

You could find work with privately-owned leisure centre and health club chains, local authority centres, workplace clubs, hotels and outdoor-activities centres.

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