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Leisure Centre Manager

The role

A Leisure Centre Manager looks after the running of a Leisure Centre facility. Such a facility could include a gym, sports halls and courts for different games, swimming pools, and rooms for community groups.

Responsibilities for Leisure Centre Managers, while variable, will often include tasks such as the hiring and management of staff, budget management, organisation of timetable activities, and organising events.

How to become a Leisure Centre Manager

There are two conventional routes to becoming a Leisure Centre Manager. The first is to take a course such as a BTEC HND, foundation degree or a degree in a subject such as sports and leisure management, recreation management or sports science. Entry requirements for courses vary, and should be checked.

Gaining work experience in a Leisure Centre may help an application.

The second way to become a Leisure Centre Manager is to join the company as a trainee and gain qualifications and training on the job. Graduates may find employment in this field through graduate trainee schemes with bigger firms, while Apprenticeships are also another route into the leisure industry.

Skills and knowledge required

  • Good people skills
  • An interest in sport
  • Management, marketing, administrative and IT skills
  • Leadership qualities
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to manage budgets


Average salaries are usually between £17,000 and £25,000 a year, with experienced managers earning approximately £35,000.

The hours

Are usually average full-time hours of 37-40 hours a week. These could include working outside normal office hours, during early mornings, evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Useful websites - Skills Active - Institute of Sport Recruitment Management (ISRM) - Apprenticeships

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