In Summary - Leisure Centre Manager
Leisure Centre Managers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Leisure Centre Manager
Sports and leisure centre managers are responsible for the smooth running of the centre and sporting activities. They cover a wide variety of responsibilities in the day to day running of facilities. They have lots of administration to do, including:
financial planning and budget control
planning the use of space and equipment
staff recruitment and supervision
catering and shop facilities management
Another important part of the manager's role is to promote sporting events and competitions. To do this, they may organise advertising and visit local schools and clubs.
Interests - Leisure Centre Manager
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Good communication skills are required and you must enjoy working with people, as customer service is a vital part of the job. You must also work well in a team. You should be full of good ideas as well as being highly organised. It is also important that you have a good head for business.
Coaching abilities are useful, as many people start as coaches before taking on wider management posts. Sporting organisation involves an understanding and interest in a wide range of sports.
Entry Requirements - Leisure Centre Manager
Pay & Salary - Leisure Centre Manager
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 24k - 45k
Spa Manager: 30 - 45
Leisure Club Manager: 24 - 45
Leisure Centre Manager 24 - 45
RecruitIreland (2014) / Tourism Insight (2016)
Last Updated: November, 2016
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Leisure Centre Manager
No shortages have been identified for this occupation.
National Skills Bulletin 2018