Customer services

Leisure centre manager

Sports centre managers look after the day-to-day running of leisure and sports centres.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £35,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 3% more Leisure centre manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You'll be responsible for the day-to-day running of centres and their facilities, including managing staff and keeping customers happy.

Your duties will vary depending on where you work, but would typically include:

  • arranging activity timetables
  • organising and promoting special events
  • recruiting, scheduling and managing staff
  • controlling budgets
  • taking responsibility for health and safety.

You may also visit external organisations, such as local authorities, to promote the centre.

There are no set requirements. You can become a leisure centre manager by working towards professional qualifications as an assistant or management trainee, or by gaining higher education qualifications in a relevant subject before you start. Relevant subjects include sports and leisure management and sports science.

Some large private sector employers run graduate management trainee schemes. 

Becoming a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) may help your career.

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£18,000 to £35,000

Starter salary: £18,000

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £25,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work 37 hours a week, which could include early mornings, evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

You'll need to be flexible as you may need to be at the centre for special events and emergencies, or to cover for absent staff.

Although you'll be office-based, you'll also spend time around the centre, talking to staff and customers and monitoring the way the centre is run.

You're likely to have more opportunities for promotion in larger organisations. With experience you may be able to progress to area or regional manager with responsibility for service development among a group of centres.

You could use your experience in leisure centre management to move into related areas such as sports promotion and development, or building partnerships with local authorities and national governing bodies.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • administrative and management ability
  • marketing and presentation skills
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