Leisure and sports managers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Leisure and sports managers organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources required for the provision of sporting, artistic, theatrical and other recreational and amenity services.


Both graduate and non-graduate entry is possible. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 3 and 4. Professional qualifications may also be required for some posts.

Typical tasks

  • organises timetable of activities/schedule of programmes;
  • ensures that facilities are kept clean and in good condition and that appropriate health and safety requirements are adhered to;
  • keeps abreast of new trends and developments in recreational activities and arranges exhibitions, theatrical productions, concerts, demonstrations etc.;
  • advises on the facilities available and promotes publicity in relation to shows, games, races, new theme parks, etc.;
  • determines financial, staffing, material and other short- and long-term needs;
  • recruits, supervises and trains staff;
  • ensures custody of all cash receipts and organises regular stock checks.

Common job titles

Owner (club: sports)
Manager, club, social
Manager, centre, fitness
Owner (health and fitness studio)
Manager, cinema
Manager, school (riding school)
Owner, museum
Manager, alley, bowling
Manager (sports activities)
Manager, hall, bingo
Manager, museum
Manager, hall, dance
Owner (school: riding)
Manager (cable television broadcasting)
Manager, house
Manager, circuit
Manager (betting and gambling: casino, gaming club)
Manager (bingo hall)
Owner (club: night)
Director, gallery
Manager (snooker, billiards hall)
Manager (social club)
Owner (skating rink)
Manager, marina
Clerk of the course
Manager, baths
Manager, operations (leisure services)
Manager (radio station)
Manager (theatre)
Manager (health and fitness club)
Manager, service (leisure services)
Manager, services, recreation
Manager (radio broadcasting)
Manager, fairground
Owner, club, night
Manager, club, health
Manager, services, leisure
Owner, hall, dance
Manager, park
Owner (riding stable)
Director, operational, bound, outward
Manager, park, theme
Manager (health club)
Manager, promotions, sports
Manager (leisure centre)
Owner (dance hall)
Manager, centre, sports
Owner, cinema
Owner (cinema)
Manager, theatre
Owner, school, riding
Manager (public baths)
Manager, centre, bound, outward
Manager, stand
Manager, circus
Manager (amusement arcade)
Manager, ground, cricket
Manager, centre, arts
Owner, arcade, amusement
Director, museum
Manager, ground, football
Manager (golf club)
Manager, stadium
Manager, room, ball
Manager, pursuits, outdoor
Director, gallery, art
Manager, club
Owner (museum)
Manager (night club)
Owner, club, sports
Manager, leisure
Manager, bound, outward
Manager, club (football club)
Manager, arcade, amusement
Manager, front of house
Manager (television: production, broadcasting)
Manager (riding school)
Manager, bingo
Master, club
Director, zoo
Manager (football club)
Manager, course, golf
Owner (snooker, billiards hall)
Manager, broadcasting
Manager, entertainment
Manager, hall, concert
Manager, racecourse
Owner, circus
Owner (amusement arcade)
Manager, rink, skating
Clerk and steward
Manager, casino
Manager, baths, sauna
Owner (skittle alley)
Manager (cinema)
Manager, gallery
Manager, sports
Owner (circus)
Manager, centre, leisure

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.