Leisure and Sports

This industry is all about people enjoying sport, keeping fit and having fun - would you like to be part of it?

If you are enjoying sport, keeping fit and helping others to improve their health and fitness, jobs in this sector could suit you well. In Dorset, you could work in professional sport, either playing or coaching, engage with health promotion, take on a role in a gym, a holiday or amusement park. There are many opportunities with a range of companies hiring including AFC Bournemouth who recently re-joined the Premier League, a number of successful health and sports centres such as Fitness First, David Lloyd, Everyone Active, and Merlin Entertainments –one of the world’s largest attraction operators –is headquartered locally.
Think about the things you enjoy doing outside of school or college. Whether it’s going to concerts, the zoo, museums, sporting events, the cinema or spending time with your friends at the local leisure centre. People now prefer to spend more money on experiences than buying things. From attending festivals, going to the cinema, visiting museums and art galleries, or even working out in a gym – people want to do interesting and fun things with their leisure time. The sports sector is vast, there are also massive opportunities to work in the health and fitness sector in gyms and leisure centres and also in outdoor activities.
Like many other jobs, having great communication skills is really important for this kind of job. If you are trying to help someone use a new piece of gym equipment, or playing a sport as part of a team, the ability to listen and talk to people is key.

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What you'll need

You’ll need customer service skills, the ability to work well with others, patience, excellent verbal communication skills, pay attention to detail, use your initiative and to be flexible and open to change.

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Leisure and Sports Jobs

Red – Formal qualifications required – GCSEs Grades 4-9, Level 3 Qualifications, A levels or Degree

Amber – Some formal qualifications may be required at Level 2 depending on the employer this will vary depending on the organisation and position

Green – No formal qualification required