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Go for it!  But realise that its not going to be easy and things take time and there are LOTS of sacrifices to make. Also make sure you learn from your mistakes - because you will make them. It is really only a mistake if you don't learn from it.

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Leisure Centre Manager

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€24k > 45 
Leisure Centre Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 45 
Related Information:
Spa Manager: 30 - 45
Leisure Club Manager: 24 - 45
Data Source(s):
RecruitIreland (2014)

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Supervises and manages the running of all kinds of recreation facilities.

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1Total Records: 2

Ciara Roosli
Activities Instructer  

Ciara is an Outdoors Activity Instructor with Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford. She got a degree in Marketing and Languages in Waterford Institute of Technology, and then went travelling abroad for a while. She returned home to take up her current position and loves her job.

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Orla Gallagher
Spa Manager  

Orla Gallagher works as the Spa Manager for the Sirana Spa located in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. She holds a Social Science Degree and has Diplomas in the following areas; Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Spa Management. She also has an array of complementary health subjects such as Thai Massage, Iridology, Colon Hydrotherapy, Homotoxicology etc. She is also working with the Athlone Institute of Technology in devising the first Spa Management Degree course in Ireland which will be available in September 2009.

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Sports and leisure centre managers are responsible for the smooth running of the centre and sporting activities. They cover a wide variety of responsibilities in the day to day running of facilities. They have lots of administration to do, including:  
financial planning and budget control  
planning the use of space and equipment  
staff recruitment and supervision  
catering and shop facilities management  
Another important part of the manager's role is to promote sporting events and competitions. To do this, they may organise advertising and visit local schools and clubs. 

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Good communication skills are required and you must enjoy working with people, as customer service is a vital part of the job. You must also work well in a team. You should be full of good ideas as well as being highly organised. It is also important that you have a good head for business.  
Coaching abilities are useful, as many people start as coaches before taking on wider management posts. Sporting organisation involves an understanding and interest in a wide range of sports.

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Go..Athletics Centre Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Fitness/leisure centre manager - from:  GradIreland
Go..Leisure Centre Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Leisure Club Administrator - from:  icould [UK] Video

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Organisation: Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM) Ireland
  Address: Allenwood Enterprise Park, Allenwood North, Naas, Co Kildare
  Tel: (045) 859950
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