How to become a leisure centre assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course, which may help when looking for work.
- leisure operations
- sport and leisure activities
Other qualifications, for example in fitness, swimming and coaching, will also be acceptable to employers.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could do a Leisure Team Member Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
As well as learning how to support the day to day operations of a leisure centre, you'll also cover topics like:
- lifeguarding duties
- swimming teaching
- gym instruction
- leading group activities
This apprenticeship can take up to 2 years to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could improve your chances of employment by getting practical experience in a leisure centre, either through seasonal work or by volunteering.
You can apply directly for jobs. You'll find it useful when looking for work if you've got customer service experience and an interest in sport, exercise and fitness.
Some employers may prefer you to have a qualification in first aid, gym instruction or lifeguarding.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) for professional learning and career development opportunities.
You can find more information about working in leisure from CIMSPA.