Sport, Fitness & Recreation

Leisure or Sports Centre Manager

Leisure or sports centre managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of a centre with leisure or sporting facilities.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Leisure or Sports Centre Manager do?

As a leisure or sports centre manager, you would be responsible for the day-to-day running of a centre with leisure facilities like swimming pools, sports halls, outdoor facilities such as amusement parks, and facilities for the arts.


Work activities

As a leisure or sports centre manager, you would:

  • arrange timetables for activities
  • organise and promote special events
  • recruit and manage staff
  • set and control budgets
  • oversee the security of facilities, staff and patrons
  • ensure the centre adheres to all health and safety regulations.

You may also visit external organisations, such as local schools, community groups or authorities, to promote the facilities of the centre.


Key skills and interests

To become a leisure or sports centre manager, you would need:

  • an interest in physical fitness and sport
  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • administrative and management ability
  • financial management skills
  • IT skills
  • willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work fulltime, which could include early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays. You will need to be flexible, as you may need to be at the centre for special events or emergencies.


You would be office-based, but would also spend time around the centre, talking to staff and customers, and keeping in touch with the way the centre is running.


How to become an Leisure or Sports Centre Manager?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a leisure centre manager without formal qualifications. Skills are usually developed through on-the-job training or in-house courses following recruitment by a company and advancement to supervisory and management positions.

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in business or management.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of centre managers in recreation, leisure and community centres is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Generally, employment growth will be driven by the formation of new facilities and expansion of existing ones, requiring more managers to direct these operations.


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