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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


£21,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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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. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Sports Industry Skills
  • Level 2 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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You could do a Leisure team member intermediate apprenticeship.

As well as learning how to support the day to day operations of a leisure centre, you'll 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

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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
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • 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

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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

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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

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Leisure Team Member Apprentice - Multi Skill

  • Wage: £11,684.00 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Leisure Team Member Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £8,236.80 to £16,255.20 Annually
  • Location: NOTTINGHAM

Courses In England

Sport and Active Leisure Level 1 Diploma

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Southend-on-Sea

BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport & Active Leisure

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: HITCHIN

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