Sports and leisure assistants


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)


Sports and leisure assistants, provide and maintain facilities for sporting and recreational activities and supervise their use, maintain the continuity of entertainment and social events, offer odds and accept bets on the result of sporting and other events and control gambling activities.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. A variety of vocational qualifications is available in Sports and Recreation and Leisure and Tourism.

Typical tasks

  • maintains sports and leisure equipment and prepares equipment for use;
  • supervises the use of swimming pools, gymnasium apparatus, fitness machines and other recreational equipment;
  • maintains hygienic operation of swimming pools and associated facilities such as jacuzzis, showers and changing areas;
  • carries clubs for golfers, advises on the layout and distance of golf courses and appropriate choice of golf club;
  • announces acts, makes introductions, proposes toasts and maintains the continuity of entertainment events and social functions;
  • assesses likely outcome of an event and establishes odds, accepts and records bets, issues receipts and pays out on winning bets;
  • controls the progress of games of cards, roulette and other gambling activities according to established rules;

Common job titles

Assistant, sports
Assistant, education, museum
Boardman (bookmakers, turf accountants)
Assistant, museum
Boss, pit (casino)
Assistant, gym
Master, property
Master, toast
Maker, book (betting)
Woman, wardrobe (theatre)
Man, tic-tac
Attendant, games
Master, caddy
Master, wardrobe
Assistant, maker's, book
Supervisor, gaming
Attendant (leisure centre)
Supervisor, pool, swimming
Attendant, leisure
Guide (museum)
Supervisor, centre, sports
Keeper, wardrobe
Attendant, centre (leisure centre)
Attendant, pool
Guard, life
Officer, duty (leisure centre)
Supervisor, services, visitor (museum)
Master of ceremonies
Attendant, gymnasium
Assistant, recreation
Assistant, services, visitor, museum
Attendant, services, visitor
Controller, operations (leisure centre)
Assistant, heritage
Assistant, centre, leisure
Boule de table
Gambler, professional
Assistant, leisure
Lifeguard, pool
Assistant, wardrobe
Assistant, services, visitor (museum)
Attendant, centre, sports
Supervisor, centre, leisure
Accountant, turf
Attendant, green, bowling
Manager, wardrobe
Agent, commission (turf accountants)
Mistress, wardrobe
Attendant, pool, swimming
Attendant (baths: swimming)

Education background

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