Leisure Centre Manager – The Leisure Box

Job vacancy: Leisure Centre Manager – The Leisure Box
Remuneration + benefits:  

£30,000 to £35,000 per annum

28 days holidays (including bank holidays)

Long service holidays

Free parking

Subsidised gym membership

Contract type:  

Full time – 35 hours per week: shift work to include days, evenings, and weekends. You may also be required to work ad hoc match days and fundraising events to support the wider team.


Turf Moor, Harry Potts Way, Burnley, BB10 4BX

Closing date:  

Wednesday 28th July 2021 @ 9am


Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) is the award-winning, official charity of Burnley Football Club.

We work hard every day to deliver our mission to inspire, support and deliver change to communities across Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, the Ribble Valley and West Yorkshire.

We work with over 70 local, regional, and national partners in five key areas: Sport, Education, Health, Social Inclusion and Community Facilities. Our highly skilled, dynamic, and passionate team now deliver over 50 community projects that touch the lives of a huge spectrum of people in and around Burnley. From children and young people right through to senior citizens.

Day-by-day the outreach of our work is growing and along with our brand-new state of the art leisure facility – Leisure Box, Whitehough Outdoor Activity Centre and UCFB at Turf Moor; truly exciting things are happening at Burnley FC in the Community.

We believe in the immense power of our football club to transform people’s lives for the better. We believe Burnley and Pendle is a special place – a home to extraordinary people like you. Come and be part of our story!

The charity is now looking for an experienced manager with a leisure industry background.  Applicants should have experience of a management position on a multi-disciplinary site, including (some or all), football pitches, sports hall, indoor climbing, cricket, soft play, dance, and gym.

Working with a team of Duty Managers, centre staff and colleagues from across Burnley FC in the Community, the successful candidate will be an inspirational leader with proven flair, commercial ability, skills, energy, and determination to ensure the successful delivery of a £4.5million multi-faceted community leisure centre.  You will be responsible for working collaboratively and building and managing strategic partnerships internally and externally to ensure the facility is acknowledged as one of the key local leisure facilities that promotes community cohesion and integration.  Ultimately you will provide a high-quality daily operation working skilfully and effectively across the Leisure Box and three satellite centres.

We are looking for an innovative and creative individual with good project management experience and skills, who will be able to maximise revenue, build partnerships with external stakeholders and ensure that the site delivers the maximum positive impact for community.  The successful candidate will be able to work collaboratively across the charity to facilitate the delivery of existing programmes and contribute to the design of new projects.

Reporting to the Head of Facilities, the Leisure Centre Manager will be expected to:

  • Provide exceptional leadership and vision to deliver a strong financial and operational performance, whilst ensuring a positive work-place culture and environment.
  • Lead a team a Duty Managers to develop new programmes and activities to maximise use of the facility.
  • Complete all risk assessments and health and safety compliance procedures and protocols in line with centre management best practice and BFCitC policies.
  • Oversee the implementation of the new Gladstone Leisure Management System and efficiently manage the booking schedule and programme of activities.
  • Be responsible for managing and producing staff rotas and ensuring optional staffing levels are maintained to support the individual business operations of the centre.
  • Network at senior level with key partners, stakeholders, and community leaders in order to maintain relationships at the highest level to secure significant support and ongoing development of the Leisure Box.
  • Work collaboratively with wider BFCitC functions and teams to deliver impactful community engagement programmes.
  • Hold responsibility for the recruitment, training, and performance of the team.
  • Develop the team through coaching and feedback, ensuring standards are kept to optimum levels.
  • Develop and maintain consistently high levels of customer care showcasing high engagement, ownership and demonstrating what a 5-star leisure facility looks like.
  • Work with the Head of Facilities to ensure that The Leisure Box operates within agreed income and expenditure budgets across all areas of the operation.
  • Ensure optimum working condition of all fitness, soft play, climbing wall equipment, and safeguarding the repair, maintenance, and cleanliness thereof.
  • Oversee the administration and upkeep of all centre paperwork.
  • Maintaining accurate statistical information, ensuring programme participation and retention targets are met for funded projects.
  • Working with the BFCitC Marketing team to promote the facility and its activities.
  • To understand and implement the Club’s Safeguarding policy, procedures, and best practice guidelines in your role. To use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to a safe environment.
  • Willingness to undertake professional development (CPD) by participating in staff development and training activities, including Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity.
  • Promote the Burnley FC in the Community brand and ethos in a professional, strong, and positive manner.

An ideal candidate will have;


  • Degree level qualification or comparable experience.
  • A strong operational background in a similar field such as managing a gym or leisure centre.
  • Prior experience of using and managing Leisure Industry CMS platforms.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Experienced in planning effective staff deployment and rotas.
  • Excellent project management skills.


  • Health and Safety qualification.
  • First aid certificate.
  • Fire Marshal certificate.
  • Experience of managing projects.
  • Experience in optimising revenue and overall business performance.
  • Experience of developing partnerships in a community setting.

To view the full job description and person specification, please click HERE.

Please apply by downloading and completing the job application form which can be found HERE.

Burnley FC in the Community no longer accept CV’s.



TELEPHONE: 01282 446800

EMAIL:  HR@burnleyfc.com

Burnley FC in the Community is committed to safeguarding children and young people and is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Record Check (DBS).    *Please note only candidates selected for interview will be notified.