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General Manager



Job overview


On the 1st May 2017 Preston Sport and Leisure Services transferred over to join the GLL family, the service consists of 2 Leisure Centres which includes swimming pools, sports halls and squash courts. West View LC has a Climbing Hall which is deemed to be a centre of excellence for the North West. Preston also boosts a vibrant award winning Sport and Health Team who target groups within the community and then drive them in to the Leisure Centres to continue participating in healthy activities.


An opportunity has become available to join Preston as a General Manager, the post holder will be expected to support the staff, help to increase memberships and drive up income targets.


The Leisure Centres currently have 4300 members across both sites with an average annual footfall of a million visits. If you are an enthusiastic, dynamic, highly motivated, determined and driven individual then you could be just the person we are looking for.


Preston is one of 14 authorities that make up Lancashire and has a population of 140,000. Preston also have an usually high number of Gyms with 27 to pick from.


Building on our continued growth, we’re now the UK’s largest leisure provider – and set for even greater success. So, if you have experience of managing busy wet and dry leisure centres, join us as a General Manager and play a key role in the next step of our journey. Bringing ambition to match ours, this is your chance to lead a large facility and develop a talented team at the heart of a leisure sector leader.


Our aim is to make an active and healthy lifestyle accessible to all. As General Manager, you’ll have a big part to play in that, as you focus on shaping a clear strategic framework to deliver our operational and financial targets – all whilst forging even stronger links with our business and community partners. It’s a role that offers huge variety. So, as well as enjoying a hands-on management role, some of your time will be desk-based, as you ensure compliance and support the administration involved in running a busy leisure centre.


Naturally, we have safety procedures in place – but ultimately, you’re given the freedom, support and training to run your centre as your own and drive innovation as you see fit. As General Manager, you’ll thrive on the autonomy to manage your own time too, all with the support of a wider head office function including HR, finance, marketing and IT teams.


Continuing your strong track record of achieving big business objectives, product growth and excellent customer service, you’ll be a real people-person with a leisure degree or equivalent experience, and deep knowledge of leisure centre operations. Expertly handling a budget, your current knowledge of the leisure, fitness and lifestyle worlds will be just as key – as will the gravitas needed to develop relationships with our senior management teams.


In return, we offer a range of benefits that you’d expect from the UK’s largest leisure provider:

  • Pension schemes
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Ride to work scheme
  • Discounted membership at our leisure centres
  • The opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say in how we’re run plus associated social events
  • Career pathways
  • Ongoing training and development to help you to be the best


If you have the passion and skills for this role, apply now


All pay rates are subject to skills, experience, qualifications, age and location.


To be shortlisted for the role, internal applicants will need to demonstrate their commitment to GLL by becoming a Society member where eligible.


GLL is an equal opportunities employer.


Better Leisure Centres are run by GLL, the largest leisure operator in the UK and one of the first and largest leisure social enterprises. We operate over 230 facilities including leisure centres, pools, spas, libraries and children’s centres in London & the South East, the South West, the North and Northern Ireland which encompass some of the most iconic venues in the country such as the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As a not-for-profit organisation, we’re different. Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people and have recently achieved the Investors in People Silver award.


Closing date:
8th January 2018

Working pattern:
39 hours

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GLL is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The aim of GLL is to recruit people not just for jobs but for long term careers.



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