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.
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.
To be a leisure centre assistant you should:
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.
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