Sports or leisure centre managers are responsible for the day to day running of a centre. It might be a sports centre, a gym, a centre specialising in a specific sport, a leisure centre, an activity holiday centre or a theme park.
You could be:
planning how best to spend the annual budget
deciding what staff are needed and what equipment to buy or replace and planning the best use of space
arranging for equipment to be maintained and insured
interviewing, employing, training and supervising staff including making up staff rotas
arranging catering services
marketing the centre, organising and advertising sporting activities, events and competitions
ensuring health and safety procedures are being followed
dealing with problems such as complaints, troublemakers, minor accidents and damaged property
dealing with paperwork and writing reports.
You would be responsible for the safety of all staff and clients taking part in activities.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
As assistant manager of a sports or leisure centre your starting salary could be in the range of £19,000 to around £23,000 a year. As manager you could earn around £25,000 to £30,000 a year. With experience, particularly of managing a larger centre, this could rise to £35,000 a year or more.
You will work shifts including early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays.
You would be based in an office in the centre, but you might spend a lot of time in the sporting or leisure area, or outside, depending on the sport or activity.
a good team worker and leader, able to motivate and manage staff.
You should have:
good business sense and the ability to manage budgets
a strong interest in sport and fitness
good communication and marketing skills
IT and numeracy skills
ideas for developing your centre.
You could take a part time course while you are working, such as an SVQ in Management.
You could take professional courses and qualifications through the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
If you are responsible for maintaining the water quality, you can complete the RLSS National Pool Management Qualification. This 4-day course is a technical qualification for staff operating pool plant each day.
You may take coaching and officiating qualifications in your own sport, if you do not already hold them.
You would probably start as an assistant manager.
After gaining experience, you might become a deputy manager and then a manager.
You could move from managing a smaller centre to managing a larger one.