From centre managers to sports coaches, there are a variety of leisure centre jobs out there, all of which contribute to the day-to-day running of centres and services for the community.
At Better, we are the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise, managing over 400 facilities, including public sport and leisure centres, libraries and children’s centres. Our staff play a vital role in daily operations, helping us to make facilities and community services better for everyone.
What work experience do you need for leisure industry jobs?
When applying for jobs in fitness and leisure centres, employers will usually look for relevant experience in the industry.
If you’re looking to start a career in leisure and fitness, entry-level roles like swimming pool attendant, receptionist, or fitness centre assistant are a great way to get into the industry and learn the key skills needed for many leisure centre jobs. Alternatively, you could complete a relevant apprenticeship to build up experience and stand out to employers.
Volunteering and part-time work are also ideal routes into full-time leisure centre jobs, especially fitness and sport coach positions. Get involved with local activity groups or find out if there are any volunteering positions at the company you want to join.
What skills do you need?
The skills you need for leisure centre jobs depend on the kind of role you’re applying for.
Administrative jobs like fitness centre manager or library-based roles require organisation, time management and good interpersonal skills as you work within a larger team.
More hands-on roles like sports coach or fitness instructors also require motivational skills, team building ability and enthusiasm when interacting with others. Communication and a genuine desire to help people are other key sports and fitness coach skills.