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As Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we offer careers for everyone, whether you’re experienced in leisure or you’re thinking about a career change.

Whether your ambitions lie in mangement, sport, finance, health and wellbeing, catering or marketing, you’ll be able to find your perfect job with us.

We offer unrivalled industry training and development, a range of benefits including pension scheme, free use of Abbeycroft’s health and fitness facilities, generous annual leave entitlement, family friendly benefits, discounts at local restaurants and venues.

If you’re just starting out, we also have a range of apprenticeships available.

 

Our latest vacancies

To apply for any of our current vacancies – please use the ‘Apply Now’ button within each job advert or you can click here to apply.

Please note that we are only able to reply to those who have been shortlisted. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date then regrettably your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

All our jobs include the following benefits:

  • Free use of  health and fitness facilities
  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Industry training and development
  • Family friendly benefits
  • Westfield Health Benefits
  • Employee & Family wellbeing support services– GP & prescription service (online 24 hr), discounts off well-known brands, and financial, law, family advice service and mental health support

Business

recruitment advisor- Bury st edmunds - closes 23 May

About the role
Providing a recruitment service to 13 sites across the region the successful candidate will be a key part of our HR Team and will have hands on responsibility for a wide variety of recruitment initiatives and projects to support our operational site management teams.

Among your duties you can expect to be providing recruitment solutions and career support for professionals at entry level through to senior managers across all our facilities, including liaising with potential candidates, organising and conducting interviews, and advising and assisting managers with their recruitment queries.

About the person
This is a full recruitment role and previous experience in a busy HR environment would be a clear advantage. Your job will be to engage with applicants and find those hidden superstars that will hit the ground running and make a significant difference to us and to our customers.

You will have the ability to respond to a fast-paced work environment, build effective relationships with candidates and key staff across Abbeycroft, work autonomously, and prioritise your workload effectively. You will be rewarded with full support from an experienced HR team, where you can continue your professional development and make an impact in your local community.

Experience & Qualifications required/preferred
Ideally, we are looking for applicants who have gained an NVQ Level 3 qualification or equivalent demonstrable work experience. HR and/or recruitment experience, or a CIPD qualification, would be desirable.

Hours
37 hours (average) per week

Location
The role will be based at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and may require travel to our other sites. There may be opportunities to work remotely if business needs allow but this is primarily a site-based role because of the in-person roles that you will be supporting.

Salary
Your salary will be up to £21,299.37pa depending on your experience

Duration
This role is initially offered on a temporary basis as maternity cover and is expected to continue until January 2023 before being reviewed.
For existing Abbeycroft Leisure staff members, this represents an ideal secondment or career development opportunity and we would be happy to discuss arrangements with you. Secondments will require the approval of your primary line manager.

Staff benefits
All contracted staff gain free use of Abbeycroft Leisure’s health, swim, and fitness facilities, as well as Westfield Health benefits, to help support your mental and physical health. Generous annual leave, training opportunities, and on-going personal development.

About Bury St. Edmunds Leisure Centre
Bury is located next to West Suffolk College and West Suffolk Council. It is our only centre with an 800m athletics track and spectator seating. It also has 3 swimming pools, 4 fitness studios, a gym and cafe. The centre offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes.

Closing date
The closing date is 23 May 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies

Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 23 May 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

How to apply APPLY NOW 

Further information
For more information – please email the recruitment advisor alexander.lee@acleisure.com

Leisure Assistants

Leisure Assistant - Hadleigh pool & leisure - closes 30 may

About the role
A leisure assistant is responsible for lifeguarding our pools, the safety of anyone in the water, maintaining excellent cleanliness standards as well as helping with equipment set-ups and set downs. All aspects of the role require great customer service interactions.
About the person

You will be a responsible person, frequently looking after the safety and wellbeing of our customers and of other staff. You will need to be a team player but equally comfortable working on your own initiative. You will be able to deliver maintenance tasks and maintain cleanliness onsite and always enjoy delivering exceptional customer experience.

Experience & Qualifications required/preferred
The role will require a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Those applying without this qualification will have the opportunity to undertake full training. The qualification requires you to be able to jump/dive into deep water, tread water for 30 seconds, surface dive to the deepest part of the pool (1.8m), Swim 100m continuously on front and back, Swim 50m in less than 60 seconds as well as climb out of the pool unaided.

Hours
17.5 Hours (Average) Per Week
Week 1: Mon 14:30-22:00, Wed 05:30-14:00
Week 2: Mon 15:30-21:30, Thurs 05:30-13:30, Sun 16:00-18:30
Week 3: Tues 13:30-21:30, Fri 05:30-13:30, Sun 08:00-17:30
Week 4: Tues 15:30-18:30, Thurs 13:30-21:30, Sun 16:00-18:30

Salary
Your hourly rate is dependent on your age and is between £8.21 and £9.50 (Following national living wage changes in April 2022)

Staff benefits
All contracted staff gain free use of Abbeycroft Leisure’s health, swim, and fitness facilities, as well as Westfield Health benefits, to help support your mental and physical health. Generous annual leave, training opportunities, and on-going personal development.

About Hadleigh Pool and Leisure
Hadleigh had a £2.4m development which was completed in July 2021 and included a brand-new pool with five 25 metre lanes of Sport England competition standard, sauna, spectator seating, improved disabled access to the pool via easy access steps and handrail, and pool pod lift and Changing Places toilet and shower facility. The centre offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes.

Closing date
The closing date is 30 May 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies
Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 30 May 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

How to apply APPLY NOW

Further information
For more information – please email the centre manager jonathan.harvey@acleisure.com

Leisure Assistant - East bergholt sports centre - closes 30 may

About the role
A leisure assistant is responsible maintaining excellent cleanliness standards as well as helping with equipment set-ups and set downs. All aspects of the role require great customer service interactions.
About the person

You will be a responsible person, frequently looking after the safety and wellbeing of our customers and of other staff. You will need to be a team player but equally comfortable working on your own initiative. You will be able to deliver maintenance tasks and maintain cleanliness onsite and always enjoy delivering exceptional customer experience.

Experience & Qualifications required/preferred
The role will require an enhance DBS certificate.

Hours
18.75 average hours per week

Week 1: Mon 16:45-22:00, Wed 16:45-22:00, Fri 16:45-21:15 = 15 total hrs
Week 2: Tues 16:45-22:00, Thurs 16:45-22:00, Fri 16:45-21:15, Sat 08:30-13:30, Sun 09:30-12:00 = 22.75 total hrs

Salary
Your hourly rate is dependent on your age and is between £8.21 and £9.50 (Following national living wage changes in April 2022)

Staff benefits
All contracted staff gain free use of Abbeycroft Leisure’s health, swim, and fitness facilities, as well as Westfield Health benefits, to help support your mental and physical health. Generous annual leave, training opportunities, and on-going personal development.

Closing date
The closing date is 30 May 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies
Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 30 May 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

How to apply APPLY NOW

Further information
For more information – please email the centre manager tracey.loynds@acleisure.com

ABOUT ABBEYCROFT - A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

What goes in – stays in.
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise, which means we re-invest any financial surplus back into our services.

We make a difference.
Our annual social impact is £6 million

We are a trusted partner of choice.
We work with our strategic partners for improved services for all.

We are local.
We have knowledge and understanding of the communities we work in because we are part of those communities.

We work for the whole community.
Providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle.

We manage 16 facilities across Suffolk with 1 in Cambridgeshire, on behalf of West Suffolk Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council.

READ MORE HERE

SAFEGUARDING & EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY

Abbeycroft Leisure is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Focused on Equal Opportunities, we value diversity in our workforce and positively encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that we are only able to reply to those who have been shortlisted. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date then regrettably your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Our full privacy policy can be viewed here: privacy-policy

VISION

Inspiring healthier active communities through excellent facilities and services, great experiences and strong partnerships.

MISSION

Inspiring a Healthier You

Inspiring someone to do something that has a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

VALUES

Act with Integrity

Community Focused

Delivering Together

Pride

Meet some of our staff

Dan

DAN

I’m the centre manager at Brandon Leisure Centre. I started as a leisure assistant – then went onto duty officer, duty manger, operations manager, sports centre manager and now leisure centre manager.

The oportunties are here if you want to take them and you can also do all sorts of training – NPLQ, first-aid, NVQs in leisure management etc.

I was very much into martial arts and football so for me this was such a natural career choice becuase I love fitness but you don’t need to have that interest – you just need to like people.

The best part of the job is working with our customers, getting people to their personal best is very rewarding but also some customers just love the social side of being here and that’s a great, positive environment to work within.

KIM

KIM 

I started as a fitness instructor in 2009 with Abbeycroft – then I did some class instructing and trained as a personal training.

I then progressed to a GP referral instructor, a coordinator and then onto pulmonary and cardiac rehab – so I’m now a qualified  Phase 4 GP referral coordinator.

I’ve benefitted from many courses and qualifications with Abbeycroft so I’m very grateful and proud of my progression.

I love seeing the start and the finish of what our GP referral clients achieve – for example a man who came to us after having a stroke had a goal to walk his daughter down the aisle and we were able to help him achieve that.

We get to work with so many different people and every day is different and that’s part of what is appealing. Abbeycroft is very flexible and understanding if you’ve got a family, so this helps a lot of us Mums return to work.

Andy

ANDY

I’m a fitness instructor and I used to be a leisure assistant. I love meeting different people, finding out what they want to do – and this inspires me to help them and improve their lifestyle.

Fitness has always been part of my life – I’m actually a professional swimmer, having qualified for Rio but was unable to go because of a heart condition – but I have my sights set on Paris 2024.

Best of my job is interacting with customers and developing a rapport – everyone knows your name here – I love that.

I also enjoy using the facilities myself – and Abbeycroft are so good at helping me to fit in my swim training as well as do my job.

Toby

TOBY

I’m a health and wellbeing practitioner at Brandon and Newmarket,  overseeing our Active Living referral scheme, dealing with all clients who are referred to us by clinicians.

It’s such a rewarding job becuase we see first hand what a difference exercise and movement can have with these clients – you can’t help but love it.

I’ve had so many opportunities during the last 10 years with Abbeycroft – having had lots of fitness roles. They’ve fnded all the qualifications I’ve taken which is excellent and I would encourage anyone who wants to do something worthwhile as a career to try it.

JOSEPH

I’m a fitness instructor at Brandon Leisure Centre and for me the best part of my job is helping people achieve their goals. I’ve always found the flexibility of the hours great to be honest – and it’s such a happy environment.

I used to work in the construction industry but I’m a people’s person so this job is perfect for me.

I would encourage anyone to give this industry a try…you won’t regret it!

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