Leisure centre administrator

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April is an leisure centre administrator in North Yorkshire. She works for a chain of health and fitness clubs. She is part of a team of over fifty people, making sure that members of the club enjoy every minute of their visit – from spa to bar!

What do leisure centre administrator jobs involve?

Much of my job involves looking after day-to-day club financial matters. I am responsible for budgeting, banking and invoicing. I try to make cost savings where I can, without affecting the service that we offer our club members. The other part of my job is personnel work. I deal with any team issues and matters such as sickness, leave, lateness and disciplinary procedures. My role also involves supporting the department managers with any administration duties, relating to the day-to-day running of the club.

What tools and equipment do leisure jobs use?

Office equipment such as a computer, printer, fax and photocopier.

How to become a leisure centre administrator?

I started work in reception as well as at the gym. This gave me the opportunity to develop my knowledge on the membership administration side of the club, which I really enjoyed. When the post in administration became available, I applied for the position and got it.

Why did you become a leisure centre admin?

I love working with people in a fun, fastmoving environment.

What kind of training do leisure jobs have?

I trained initially at our head office, but the best part is being able to learn as I go along. This role in the leisure industry is so varied that you learn something new all the time. I'm now working towards my AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) NVQ Level 2.

What hours does a leisure centre administrator work?

I am very lucky to be able to choose my own hours. I usually work from 7.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. as this allows me to get all my important work done before the office gets too busy. These hours also give me the chance to use the gym facilities at the end of the day which is a real perk of the job. As a trained fitness and swimming instructor, I like to keep fit and it's one of the reasons I chose to work in the leisure industry.

What do you need to be a leisure centre administrator?

I have to be well organised and always plan ahead – even though my day never goes to plan! A lot of people think that being in administration involves just sitting at a computer, but it doesn't – especially in the leisure industry. A big part of my job is being able to work as a team member and support my team.

What are a leisure centre admins long-term career goals?

I would like to develop my knowledge of the financial aspect of the business. I am very fortunate to work for a very proactive company in the fitness industry. The company is extremely supportive and identifies the need for career development.

How do you become a Leisure centre administrator?

  • GCSEs.
  • A levels in maths and IT.
  • YMCA Fitness instructor certificate.
  • ASA Swimming teacher certificate.
  • NVLQ Lifeguard certificate.
  • Company training.

How to be a Leisure centre administrator tips

  • Choose a company that will support and help you to achieve your goals.
  • Always research your chosen field thoroughly. Never be afraid to ask for help and support.

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Leisure centre administrator salary

  • An administrator in a small, local leisure centre might attract a salary of around £12-£14,000.
  • Senior leisure jobs which carry more responsibility, or operate on a more strategic level, might offer up to £30,000.

Becoming a Leisure centre administrator

  • Degree and post-graduate courses in subjects such as sports studies or leisure management are plentiful (and popular), and can be combined with other subjects such as business or languages. A degree is not essential, but it can help later promotion prospects.
  • There are a number of professional qualifications in sport, leisure and recreation management such as: ILAM (Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management) Professional Qualification Scheme.
  • ISRM (Institute of Sport and Recreation Management) qualifications from certificate to diploma level, available at a number of different colleges nationwide.
  • Other qualifications include: AVCE (Double Award) Leisure and Recreation. EDEXCEL Level 4 BTEC HNC/HND in Sport and Leisure Management. NVQs/SVQs in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations Levels 1-3.

Modified: 16 June 2013

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