Leisure centre assistant

sports centre assistant

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What's it like?

You would serve people taking part in sports and activities at a leisure centre. You’d help them keep fit and healthy and exercise safely.

It would be your responsibility to make sure the equipment works properly and the facilities are safe for customers to use.

You would:

  • Set up, dismantle and maintain equipment
  • Make sure all areas and facilities are kept clean and tidy
  • Sell tickets and make reservations
  • Carry out swimming pool maintenance and safety checks
  • Staff a helpdesk in reception
  • Help with catering, selling food and drink

In a small centre you may be involved in all of these activities. At a larger centre you may be able to specialise in a specific area, such as swimming pool supervision or outdoor sports. You’d need to be interested in sport and fitness to answer customers’ questions, and understand health and safety standards.

Working conditions


You would probably work around 40 hours a week in a full-time job. Part-time work is often available. This would include shifts covering evenings, weekends and public holidays.


Your job could be physically demanding, as it may involve setting up and moving equipment.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Positive attitude
  • Coaching
  • Attention to detail
  • Verbal communication
  • Cooperating
  • Supporting
  • Respecting

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There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

It may be helpful to gain a relevant sports, fitness or coaching qualification such as a National Certificate in Sports and Fitness (SCQF level 4/5) or a relevant Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8). 

You can enter some sports National Certificate or National Qualification courses (SCQF 2-6) with no formal qualifications but most courses ask for National 4/5 qualifications (SCQF level 4/5). 

Most HNC and HND courses require National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers. 

Relevant work-based qualifications, such as a Modern Apprenticeship in Active Learning, Leisure and Wellbeing (SCFQ level 5/6) can be very helpful. If you do not have desired work-based qualifications you may be asked to gain some once in the job.  

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Administration subjects
  • ICT subjects

You will also need

To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland

You may also need:

  • to pass a fitness test for some courses and jobs 
  • have first aid or lifeguard qualifications for some jobs

Helpful to have

Sports-related qualifications and experience such as Skills for Work Sports and Recreation (SCQF level 4/5) or Sports Leader UK Youth Award accredited by Sports Leader UK.