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Training for a leisure centre manager

There are two types of leisure centre manager training - that which you need to get the job, and further schooling that you might undergo in order to improve your future prospects.

Leisure centre manager training for those looking to break into the field usually consists of a foundation degree, BTEC HND or degree. These can be undertaken in a variety of areas including:

  • Sports and leisure management
  • Leisure studies
  • Sports science
  • Recreation management
The alternative route into the field is to start working in a gym or health club as an assistant, and study for your professional qualification while working.

For those already working in the field, leisure centre manager training is aimed towards increasing your skill and knowledge base so that you can progress to more senior positions.

The following qualifications would be useful in this context:
  • Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) qualifications
  • NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations
  • NVQ Level 3 in Leisure Management
Depending on your initial qualification, you could also look at BA and BSc degrees or foundation degrees in subjects such as sport and recreation management, sport, sports science, health and fitness club management and fitness and leisure management.

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