Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Ivan Magee from Lidl to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Ivan Magee

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Lidl

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  Ivan Magee

Make sure you have a suitable outgoing personality, in that you are happy to be always in communication with people be it by phone, letter, email and site meetings.

As I stated before if you can win people over, they will often do work for you because they want to help you rather than because they have to. I think it is vital to have a level head (to be cool and collected) We can often be faced with challenges or hurdles which may at the outset seem unachieveable. However, if you stand back and break it down anything can be done.

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• Cinema Manager 
• Dietician 
• Diver 
• Engineer - Sports 
• Entertainment / Sports Manager 
• Exercise and Health Instructor 
• Fitness /Aerobics Instructor 
• Golf Greenkeeper 
• Golf Professional 
• Groundsperson 
• Horse Event Rider 
• Jockey 
• Leisure Centre Assistant 
• Leisure Centre Manager 
• Lifeguard 
• Massage Therapist 
• Nutritionist 
• Outdoor Activities Instructor  
• Personal Trainer 
• Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport 
• Physiotherapist 
• Psychologist - Sports 
• Riding Instructor 
• Ship Mate 
• Spa Manager 
• Spinologist 
• Sports Coach/Instructor 
• Sports Development Officer 
• Sports Physiotherapist 
• Sports Professional 
• Sports Scientist  
• Sports Therapist 
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• Swimming Pool Technician 
• Teacher - Physical Education 

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The Leisure, Sport and Fitness sector encompasses a wide range of activities from themeparks, cinemas and outdoor pursuits, to competitive sport, recreational sport, health and fitness. Sports media and sports tourism can additionally be included.  The industry has expanded as people continue to become more health conscious and have more leisure time than in the past.  

LEISURE 

The Leisure industry is the segment focused on entertainment and recreation, and related products and services. It includes a long list of entertainment activities such as cinema, horse racing, theme parks, betting shops, and gaming casinos. Leisure is a labour intensive service industry.

SPORT & FITNESS

The level of interest in both following sport, and in participating in sport has never been greater. There are more than 38,000 people employed in the sports sector alone in Ireland, according to the Irish Federation of Sport, representing approximatley 2% of the total national workforce. 

The commercial side of the sport sector accounts for 8,134 jobs (21%) of the total. There are a futher 8,826 jobs (23%)  in the voluntary sport sector. The supply of goods and services into the sports sector accounts for close to 15,000 jobs. 

The Sport and Fitness segment can be divided into two broad areas:

Competitive sport – includes all forms of physical activity aimed at improving physical fitness and at obtaining improved results in competition at all levels - amateur and professional, local, national and international.

Recreational sport – includes all forms of physical leisure and fitness activities, i.e. sporting activities aimed at improving physical fitness and mental wellbeing, as well as forming social relationships. Recreational sport can include organised sporting activities along with recreational walking, exercise, gym-based activities, jogging, yoga, golf, skiing, sailing, bowling and many more.

The number and variety of leisure and sports centres has increased significantly in recent years, with huge diversity in the types of services offered. Smaller facilities typically offer a gym and changing rooms, but bigger operations may provide a full suite of sports and leisure activities, equipment, swimming pool, treatment rooms, classes and training courses and even a bar and catering facilities.


CAREERS IN LEISURE, SPORT & FITNESS

The range of career opportunities available in this sector of the economy is wide and diverse. Most people who opt to work in this area have the shared aim of helping others to enjoy their leisure time.

Potential areas of work include:

  • Leisure centre or gymnasium - as a manager, assistant manager, lifeguard, personal trainer, fitness instructer or spa therapist
  • Coaching and instructing - health and fitness consultant, sports manager, horse riding, football clubs, outdoor activities, yoga or a specific sport
  • Professional sport - e.g. footballer, jockey, golfer, caddie, rally driver, promoter
  • Entertainment -  e.g. work in cinemas, horse-racing, theme parks, betting shops, casinos
  • Voluntary & Social - youth clubs, community workshops 

Employers in this sector include large leisure companies, leisure centres, theme parks, health and fitness clubs, hotels and sports clubs, sports arenas, colleges, cultural organisations, tour operators, local authorities, community centres, cinemas and music venues. 

Working conditions vary according to the particular role. Some jobs are based indoors, in hotels, sports shops, gymnasiums, sports halls or cinemas, while others, such as horse riding instruction, outdoor activities in sports clubs or adventure centres are largely based outdoors. Some jobs will call for large amounts of physical training and activity. Many jobs in this sector will involve working irregular hours, shift work, evening work, weekend and bank holiday work.

The sector can offer the opportunity for promotion to supervisory or managerial levels. Sports people often move into business, or to jobs in media, broadcasting, or communications on retiring from their professional sport.  The sector offers plenty of opportunities to travel and work abroad (e.g. cruise ships) and in some jobs, it is possible to become self-employed.

Skills and Abilities
An ability to communicate well with people and a helpful attitude are important in most jobs found in this sector. Organisational and teamwork skills are often required, together with problem-solving and sometimes good business skills.  A professional sportsperson needs to have an exceptionally high level of skill and be totally dedicated to their sport.

Getting into Sports and Leisure
Jobs in these industries have very different entry requirements. Some demand specific qualifications, while others require no formal qualification.

With the increasing professionalisation of sport, together with the regulation of the sector, experience of fitness techniques alone is not usually enough. Level 5 and 6 qualifications are an excellent entry route to the sector, for exmple, where a specific set of skills is required in order to do the job (i.e. Health and Fitness instructor) and third level degrees are increasingly valuable, such as where business and mangement aspects of the activity are called for.

Generally, there is a wide variety of courses that can help prepare for entry to these areas of work, ranging from Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses for careers in Leisure Centres to Level 8 Honours Degree courses in Sports Science, Sports Engineering or Business and Sports Management.

All people who are working with children or vulnerable persons, including the provision of leisure, sporting or physical activities, require Garda Vetting. This is typically part of the recruitment process.

SECTOR OUTLOOK
In the current economic climate, and with reduced disposable income, people are tending to spend less on leisure activities, and on certain sporting activities such as gym memberships. However, people still want to go out to enjoy their leisure time and be entertained, but they will do it on a tighter budget and be more aware of value for money, putting the demand on quality of service.

On the sport and fitness front, the increased professionalism of sport and the growing scientific approach to fitness, together with the incredible growth of events like the Olympic Games, Special Olympics, The World Cup and other such sporting events, will ensure continued demand for a wide range of job roles in this segment.

Current government policy on promoting healthier lifestyles and increasing participation in sport, will also contribute to ensuring some level of demand for appropriately qualified instructors and professionals, although Government funding cuts are impacting on the number of publicly-funded roles.






  
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Name Full Address Phone Number
Association for Adventure Sports Association for Adventure Sports, Secretary of Centre Standards Board, Carrowcashel, Ramelton, Co Donegal

074 - 915 2800

Association of Irish Riding Establishments Beech House, Millenium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare

045 - 854 518

Athletics Ireland Unit 19, Northwood Court Northwood Business Campus Santry, Dublin 9

01 - 886 0033

Coaching Ireland University of Limerick, Ireland

061 - 202 895

Cycling Ireland Cycling Ireland, Kelly Roche House, 619 North Circular Road, Dublin 1

01 - 855 1522

Dept. Transport, Tourism & Sport 44, Kildare St., Dublin, 2

01 - 670 7444

Football Association of Ireland F.A.I., National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15

01 - 899 9500

Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management I.L.A.M., Allenwood Enterprise Park, Allenwood North, Naas, Co. Kildare

045 - 859 950

Irish National Stud Irish National Stud, Tully, Kildare

045 - 521 251

Irish Sports Council Irish Sports Council, Top Floor, Block A Westend Office Park Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

01 - 860 8800

Irish Underwater Council 78A Patrick St., Dunlaoighre, Co. Dublin

01 - 284 4601

National Community Games National Community Games, 13 Joyce Way, Park West, Dublin 12

01 - 625 1180

Olympic Council of Ireland Olympic Council of Ireland, Olympic House, Harbour Road, Howth, Co. Dublin

01 - 866 0555

Professional Golfers' Association Professional Golfers' Association, Blackrock, Dundalk, Co. Louth

042 - 932 1193

Racing Academy R.A.C.E., Racing Academy & Centre of Education, Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare town, Co. Kildare

045 - 522 468

The Irish Institute of Sport Irish Sports Council, Westend Office Park, Dublin 15

01 - 860 8800

 

 

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• Adventure Tourism Management
Tralee IT
• Adventure Tourism Management
Tralee IT
• Athletic Therapy and Training
DCU
• Business (Sport and Recreation)
Athlone IT
• Business with Sports Management
Limerick IT
• Equine Business
Maynooth University
• Equine Science
University of Limerick
• Equine Science
University of Limerick
• Event Management
Dundalk IT
• Exercise and Health Studies
Waterford IT
• Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer
Portobello Institute
• Health and Leisure
Tralee IT
• Health and Leisure
Tralee IT
• Health and Leisure with Massage
Tralee IT
• Health and Leisure with Massage
Tralee IT
• Health and Performance Science
UCD (NUI)
• Health Science and Physiology
IT Sligo
• Horticulture & Agri-Environmental Sciences (Agri-Environ. Sciences)
UCD (NUI)
• Horticulture & Agri-Environmental Sciences (Hort., Landscape & Sportsturf Mgt.)
UCD (NUI)
• Hospitality Management
Waterford IT
• Hospitality Management
Griffith College. Limerick
• Hospitality Management
American College
• Hotel and Catering Management
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
• Hotel Management
Tralee IT
• Hotel Restaurant & Resort Management (at Killybegs)
Letterkenny IT
• International Hospitality Management
DIT
• Leisure Management
DIT
• Occupational Therapy
TCD
• Outdoor Education (Castlebar)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
• Outdoor Education and Leisure (Castlebar)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
• Physical Education with Biology
DCU
• Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education
University of Limerick
• Physical Education with Mathematics
DCU
• Physiology and Health Science
IT Carlow
• Physiotherapy
UCD (NUI)
• Psychology
DCU
• Recreation and Leisure (incl Business Skills)
IT Sligo
• Recreation and Leisure Management
Cork Institute of Technology
• Recreation and Sports Management
Waterford IT
• Sport and Exercise (GAA)
IT Carlow
• Sport and Exercise (Soccer)
IT Carlow
• Sport and Exercise - Rugby
IT Carlow
• Sport and Exercise Sciences
University of Limerick
• Sport Coaching & Performance
Letterkenny IT
• Sport Science
IT Carlow
• Sport Science and Health
DCU
• Sport, Excercise and Enterprise
Dundalk IT
• Sports and Exercise Management
UCD (NUI)
• Sports Coaching and Development
Limerick IT
• Sports Coaching and Performance
Waterford IT
• Sports Management
UCD (NUI)
• Sports Management and Coaching
IT Blanchardstown
• Sports Management and Coaching
IT Blanchardstown
• Sports Management and Coaching (GAA, Rugby or Soccer)
IT Carlow
• Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy
IT Carlow
• Sports Science & Physical Education
Portobello Institute
• Sports Science and Health
IT Tallaght
• Sports Science and Health
IT Tallaght
• Sports Science with Exercise Physiology
Athlone IT
• Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles)
Limerick IT
• Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles)
Limerick IT
• Sports Studies
Letterkenny IT
• Sports Studies and Physical Education
UCC (NUI)
• Sports Therapy
Portobello Institute
• Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation
Athlone IT
• Strength & Conditioning
Setanta College
• Strength and Conditioning
IT Carlow

129 PLC / FETAC Courses
PLC/FETAC Courses 129 courses found.
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Sample courses...

• Business Studies with Sport & Recreation Options
Abbey Community College - Boyle
• Coach Education 1
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Coach Education 2
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Complementary Therapies - Including Remedial & Sports Massage
Senior College Dun Laoghaire
• Exercise & Health Fitness
Ormonde College of Further Education
• Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies
Galway Community College
• Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies - Year 1
Crumlin College of Further Education
• Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition Studies - Year 2
Crumlin College of Further Education
• Fitness & Health
Waterford College of Further Education
• Football - Association
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
• G.A.A. Education & Coaching
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Gaelic Games & Gym Instruction
Bray Institute of Further Education
• Golf & Sports Turf Management
North Connaught College
• Golf and Sports Turf Management
Templemore College of Further Education
• Greenkeeping
Plunket College
• Greenkeeping & Sportsturf Management
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Health & Fitness - Leisure Management
Portlaoise College
• Health & Fitness - Sports Coaching
Portlaoise College
• Health Science - Physiology & Sport
Ennis Community College
• Health Science - Physiology and Sport
Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education
• Health, Fitness & Sport Performance
Monaghan Inst of FE & Training
• Horsemanship
Listowel Community College
• Horsemanship (Equitation or Stud Management)
Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College
• Horsemanship - Equine Studies & Business Management
Cavan Institute
• Horsemanship - Stud Management - Advanced
Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College
• Leisure & Beauty
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
• Leisure & Recreation Management
Inchicore College of Further Education
• Leisure & Recreation Studies 1
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Leisure & Recreation Studies 2
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Leisure Facility Supervisory Management
Central College Limerick
• Leisure Facility Supervisory Management
Limerick College of Further Education
• Leisure Facility Supervisory Management
Muine Bheag Vocational School
• Leisure Management
Carlow Institute of Further Education
• Leisure Management
St. Kevin's College Crumlin
• Leisure Management & Fitness Instructor
Sallynoggin College of Further Education
• Leisure Studies
Enniscorthy Vocational College
• Outdoor Adventure Education
Kinsale College of Further Education
• Outdoor Adventure Management
Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education
• Outdoor Recreation
Monaghan Inst of FE & Training
• Outdoor Recreation
St. Kevin's College Crumlin
• Outdoor Recreation
Lanesboro Community College
• Outdoor Sport & Recreation
Lough Allen College
• Outdoor Sport Recreation
Bray Institute of Further Education
• Out­door Recreation/​Adventure Studies
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
• Personal Trainer & Leisure Management
Bray Institute of Further Education
• Personal Trainer & Sports Therapist
Sallynoggin College of Further Education
• Personal Trainer with Deep Tissue Massage
Cork College of Commerce
• Physical Fitness & Conditioning + ITEC Gym Instruction Certificate
Setanta College
• Physical Fitness & Conditioning for Sport
Setanta College
• Physiology
Enniscorthy Vocational College
• Physiology & Sports Injury Management
Carlow Institute of Further Education
• Resistance Training & Weight Training for Sport
Setanta College
• Soccer & Gym Instruction
Bray Institute of Further Education
• Soccer Career & Development
Pearse College of Further Education
• Soccer Career & Development
Pearse College of Further Education
• Soccer Education & Coaching
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Spa & Complimentary Therapies
Carlow Institute of Further Education
• Sport & Exercise Science
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Sport & Exercise Science, Health & Fitness Diploma
Inchicore College of Further Education
• Sport & Gym Instruction Studies
Bray Institute of Further Education
• Sport & Leisure Management
Monaghan Inst of FE & Training
• Sport & Leisure Management - Coaching & Development
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
• Sport & Physical Therapy Studies
Monaghan Inst of FE & Training
• Sport & Recreation
Errigal College
• Sport & Recreation
Waterford College of Further Education
• Sport & Recreation
Moyne College
• Sport & Recreation
St. Joseph's Secondary School Ballybunion
• Sport & Recreation
McEgan College
• Sport & Recreation
St. Conleth's Vocational School
• Sport & Recreation
Banagher College - Colaiste na Sionna
• Sport & Recreation
Ramsgrange Community School
• Sport & Recreation
Ardscoil Phadraig
• Sport & Recreation
Mercy College Sligo
• Sport & Recreation
St Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon
• Sport & Recreation
Tralee Community College
• Sport & Recreation
Carlow Institute of Further Education
• Sport & Recreation
Nenagh College
• Sport & Recreation
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
• Sport & Recreation
Carrignafoy Community College
• Sport & Recreation - Soccer
Galway Technical Institute
• Sport & Recreation Coaching Studies
Galway Community College
• Sport Coaching & Exercise Studies
Monaghan Inst of FE & Training
• Sport Coaching & Leisure Management
Cavan Institute
• Sport Development - Advanced
Listowel Community College
• Sport Development - Advanced
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
• Sport Development - Advanced
Limerick College of Further Education
• Sport Science & Physiology
Monaghan Inst of FE & Training
• Sport, Exercise & Coaching
Colaiste Chathail Naofa
• Sport, Recreation & Exercise
Listowel Community College
• Sport, Recreation & Exercise
Colaiste Chiarain Croom
• Sport, Recreation & Exercise
Moate Business College
• Sport. Health & Fitness Studies
O'Fiaich Institute
• Sports & Exercise Performance
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Sports & Leisure Management
Colaiste Ide College of Further Education
• Sports & Recreation
Colaiste Mhuire Thurles
• Sports & Recreation
St. Fanahan's College
• Sports & Recreational Studies
Columba College
• Sports and Leisure Management
St. Louis Community School
• Sports and Leisure Management, Coaching and Development
St. Louis Community School
• Sports Coaching
Inchicore College of Further Education
• Sports Coaching
Colaiste Chiarain Croom
• Sports Coaching & Leisure Facility Management
Greenhills College
• Sports Development & Coaching - Advanced
Cavan Institute
• Sports Development & Exercise Conditioning
Galway Community College
• Sports Development & Soccer Coaching
Galway Technical Institute
• Sports Development - Advanced
Colaiste Mhuire Thurles
• Sports Development - Advanced
O'Fiaich Institute
• Sports Injuries & Therapy - 1
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Sports Injuries & Therapy - 2
Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
• Sports Injury Management
Limerick College of Further Education
• Sports Injury Treatment
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
• Sports Injury Treatment
Mallow College of Further Education
• Sports Management & Coaching
Dunboyne College of Further Education
• Sports Recreation & Exercise
Lough Allen College
• Sports Science
Dunboyne College of Further Education
• Sports Therapy & Injury Management
Waterford College of Further Education
• Sports Therapy - Year 1
Crumlin College of Further Education
• Sports Therapy - Year 2
Crumlin College of Further Education
• Sports Therapy / Physiotherapy Studies
Cavan Institute
• Sports, Physical Fitness & Massage
Waterford College of Further Education
• Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Colaiste Eoin Hacketstown
• Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Central College Limerick
• Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Limerick College of Further Education
• Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Colaiste Chiarain Croom
• Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Muinebheag Vocational School
• Sports, Recreation & Fitness
Limerick College of Further Education
• Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Templemore College of Further Education
• Strength & Conditioning
Setanta College
• Tourism & Travel Studies - Option Two - Eco-Tourism
Crumlin College of Further Education

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