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Leisure centre assistant

Alternative titles for this job include

Leisure centre assistants help and supervise visitors using leisure centre facilities.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

How to become a leisure centre assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You could take a college course, which may help when looking for work. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Sport

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

The following apprenticeship may be relevant to this role:

  • Level 2 Leisure team member

Alongside learning how to support the day to day operations of a leisure centre, you will also cover topics like:

  • lifeguard duties
  • swimming teaching duties
  • gym instruction
  • leading group activities

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You could apply directly. You'll find it useful when looking for work if you've got customer service experience and an interest in exercise and fitness.

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Career tips

Some employers may prefer you to have a qualification in first aid, gym instruction or lifeguarding.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you could:

  • set up, dismantle and maintain equipment
  • make sure areas and facilities are clean
  • sell tickets and make reservations
  • deal with enquiries on reception
  • sell food and drink
  • promote events and classes through social media channels
  • help people to use facilities safely

Working environment

You could work at a fitness centre or at a gym.

Your working environment may be physically active.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

With experience and further qualifications, you could become a supervisor or manager. You could also move into fitness instructing, lifeguarding or sports coaching.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Leisure Team Member Apprentice

  • Wage: £129.35 Weekly
  • Location: Nuneaton

Leisure Team Member Apprentice

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Romford

Courses In England

Sport and Active Leisure Diploma Level 1

  • Provider: THE WINDSOR FOREST COLLEGES GROUP
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Slough

Sport and Active Leisure Diploma

  • Provider: ISLE OF WIGHT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Newport

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