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What does a Leisure Centre Assistant do?

Leisure centre assistants help and supervise visitors to the centre. They carry out a wide range of duties, including: setting up, dismantling, care and maintenance of equipment; ensuring all areas and facilities are kept clean and tidy; selling tickets and making reservations; swimming pool maintenance and safety and staffing a helpdesk in reception.

Assistants may also be responsible for helping in the catering section, selling food and drink.

Assistants in small centres may be involved in all of these activities. At a larger leisure centre they may be able to specialise in specific areas, such as swimming pool supervision or outdoor sports.

What's the working environment like working as a Leisure Centre Assistant?

Hours will inevitably involve shifts, unsocial hours, evenings, weekends and late nights but in total they should not exceed 40 hours per week.

Depending on the type of centre, the work may be indoors or outside in all weathers, and can be physically demanding, as it often involves setting up and moving equipment.

What does it take to become a Leisure Centre Assistant?

To be a leisure centre assistant you should:

  • be aware of health and safety issues
  • have an even temperament
  • be a good communicator
  • enjoy working as part of a team
  • be versatile and willing to undertake routine tasks
  • be prepared to undergo training courses when necessary.

Leisure Centre Assistant Career Opportunities

Leisure centres are increasingly diversifying from sport into related areas eg health and fitness clubs, ten-pin bowling and aerobics.

Opportunities exist in the growing number of leisure centres run by local authorities and private sector companies, hotels and holiday centres. There may be opportunities to work abroad with some of these employers.

Promotion into a management position can be achieved with experience and further qualifications.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Leisure Centre Assistant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
Advice line: 08000 933300

The Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM)
ILAM House
Lower Basildon
Tel: 01491 874800

The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM)
Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 226474

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