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Entry level leisure center manager

If you want information on entry as a leisure centre manager you've come to the right place! This is an expanding field with plenty of opportunities for people with the right qualifications and experience.

There are two main routes for entry as a leisure centre manager. The first is to study for a foundation degree, BTEC HND or degree - relevant subjects include:

  • Sports and leisure management
  • Leisure studies
  • Sports science
  • Recreation management
The other route is to work in a facility as an assistant, and study towards a professional qualification while gaining work experience.

Ultimately, the best candidates are going to be those who manage to combine relevant work experience with a degree. Other areas where experience would increase your marketability include:
  • Marketing
  • Publicity
  • Customer service management
  • Specialist sporting ability
As entry requirements for courses vary widely, it's important to check before you set your heart on a particular course or college.

You can get information on foundation degrees from Foundation Degree Forward, while the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the place to look for colleges and universities offering foundation degrees, HNDs and degrees.

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