Working in sport and leisure with GCSEs (or similar)

Many of the jobs in sports and leisure are customer-focused.

You could be a cashier or usher in a cinema or other entertainment attraction. Jobs in theme parks include ride operator and park attendant. In sport, you could work on reception in a gym or sports centre.

Example jobs

Bingo club team assistant (over 18s only)
Customer service, welcoming members, sales.

Cinema cashier
Selling tickets, customer service.

Ride assistant
Assisting with the safe operation of a theme park ride.

Assistant manager of a leisure facility
Looking after the equipment in the centre as well as all members of the public using the facilities.

Approximate pay levels

Figures supplied as a guide only

Many entry level jobs are paid at the minimum wage.

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Typical working conditions

Things you may need to know:

  • You could work indoors or out, depending on the industry. Some theme park jobs are all outdoors
  • You may wear a uniform or sports kit.
  • The work can involve shifts. Most jobs will involve working at weekends and bank holidays.

Qualifications needed

You may need GCSE maths for cash-handling jobs. You will also need a customer-focused attitude and be willing to learn. Good team skills are important, as is the ability to take on any task that needs doing.

Career path

You could become a senior customer adviser or a team leader in a cinema, casino fitness centre or health club. In sports, you could move on to train as a fitness instructor or coach. In a theme park, you could become responsible for a ride or become a park host.

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Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions