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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

OPERATIONS

Duty OFFICER - Kingfisher leisure centre - closes 3 october

We are Abbeycroft- Inspiring a Healthier You
Join Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise. We work for the whole community, providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Kingfisher Leisure Centre offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes bringing people together through the shared passion for sport and exercise.

About the role
As a manager, you are responsible for day-to-day operations, Health and Safety, staffing and customer experience of the Leisure Centre. You are allocated time to ensure an excellent service is adhered to whilst achieving business, financial and operational targets. Development pathways offer opportunities for career progression through hybrid roles, salary progression and training opportunities.

About the person
You will be a responsible person, frequently looking after the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff. You will have a flexible approach to a very busy and varied working environment yet be able to be focused on helping every customer and colleague that you deal with. You will need to have good organisational skills, be methodical towards administrative tasks and equally happy with being a team player or working on your own initiative. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required for this post.

Experience & Qualifications required
An RLSS NPLQ Qualification and First Aid at Work Certificate are essential. For those applying without, full training can be provided to the successful candidate. A pool plant operators’ qualification is desirable and can also be attained if successful. Previous experience managing a team within a leisure environment is desirable.

Hours
37 hours (average) per week. Rota below:

Week 1
Mon 5.30-13.30 Tue 11.30-18.30 Wed 11.00-18.00 Thur 5.30-13.30 Fri 13.30-21.30

Week 2
Wed 11.00-18.00 Thur 5.30-13.30 Fri 13.30-21.30 Sat 6.30-12.30 Sun 13.30-20.30

Week 3
Wed 11.00-18.00 Thurs 11.00-18.00 Fri 13.30-21.30 Sat 12.30-18.30 Sun 7.30-13.30

Week 4
Mon 5.30-13.30 Tue 11.30-18.30 Wed 11.00-18.00 Thur 11.00-18.00 Fri 13.30-21.30

Salary
The salary (full time equivalent) is £23,016.44 per annum

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. Development pathways are in place for staff development, learning and career progression.

Closing date
The closing date is 3 October 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies

Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 3 October 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

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Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@acleisure.com

Barista - Newmarket Leisure Centre - closes 3 October

We are Abbeycroft- Inspiring a Healthier You
Join Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise. We work for the whole community, providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Newmarket Leisure Centre was upgraded in 2020 as part of a £1.8m investment to provide new facilities for the town. The centre offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, health and wellbeing classes, plus a range of community programmes.

About the role
Our baristas are responsible for preparing food and drinks to a high standard whilst assisting in the day-to-day running of the café. You will need to maintain high cleanliness standards and deliver exceptional customer service.

About the person
Our cafes are social hubs within our centres and so you will need have good customer service skills. You must have a flexible approach to a busy and varied working environment and you will need to be a team-player, as well as be comfortable working on your own initiative. You will be able to maintain cleanliness onsite and deliver maintenance tasks as well as be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of others.
Experience & Qualifications preferred
There are no qualifications required for the role although previous café and customer service experience is desirable.

Hours
25 hours (average) per week

Tuesday 11.00-16.00
Wednesday 12.00-16.00
Thursday 12.00-16.00
Friday 11.00-16.00
Saturday 8.30-16.00

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.

Looking to start your career in the catering industry? We would love to hear from you!

Closing date
The closing date is 3 October but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies
Potential interview date
Interviews to take place from 29 September although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

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Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@acleisure.com

Fitness Instructors

Fitness Instructor –hadleigh pool & leisure– Closes 10 october

We are Abbeycroft- Inspiring a Healthier You
Join Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise. We work for the whole community, providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Hadleigh Pool and Leisure offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes bringing people together through the shared passion for sport and exercise.

About the role
Health and Fitness teams have a shared vision for our customers for their health and fitness journey. Our fitness instructors are responsible for motivating our customers and helping them achieve their goals. The role will require you to carry out the day-to-day operations of the fitness suite, including customer inductions and programme reviews. You will be responsible for the opening and closing of the gym as well as delivering classes and group fitness activities. You will also be required to complete daily cleaning and maintenance tasks. Development pathways offer opportunities for career progression through hybrid roles, salary progression and training opportunities.

About the person
You will be a motivator and will love everything about fitness. Helping customers to achieve their fitness goals or improving their health benefits will be second nature to you so naturally, you will be great at delivering exceptional customer service. You will need to be organised, a team -player but happy working on your own initiative and you will be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of others. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required for this post.

Experience & Qualifications required/preferred
This role requires a CIMSPA recognised Level 2 Fitness Instructing qualification. Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training would also be desirable but not essential

Hours
28.5 hours (average) per week.

Week 1
Mon 14.15-21.15 Tue 14.15-21.15 Wed 14.15-21.15 Sat 7.45-16.30
Week 2
Mon 5.45-12.45 Tue 5.45-14.00 Wed 14.15-21.15
Week 3
Mon 5.45-14.15 Tue 14.15-21.15 Wed 14.15-21.15 Sat 7.45-16.30 Sun 8.15-16.30

Salary
Your hourly rate is dependent on your age and is between £8.21 and £9.50. The salary per annum (full time equivalent) is between £15,839.48 and £18,328.26 dependant on your age

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. Development pathways are in place for staff development, learning and career progression.

Closing date
The closing date is 10 October 2022, but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies

Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 3 October 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

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Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@acleisure.com

Leisure Assistants

Leisure Assistant/Lifeguard - Kingfisher Leisure Centre - closes 11 october

We are Abbeycroft- Inspiring a Healthier You
Join Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise. We work for the whole community, providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Kingfisher was refurbished in 2021 and offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes.

About the person
We are looking for a motivated individual who will embrace our “Inspiring a Healthier You” message. You will be a responsible person, 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. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required for this post.

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.

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.

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 to support you to be the best.

Hours
Part time, Permanent
19.17 (average) Hours per week

Week 1
Mon 14.00-21.30 Wed 5.45-8.30 Thur 14.00-21.30
Week 2
Mon 14.00-21.30 Wed 5.45-8.30 Thur 14.00-21.30
Week 3
Mon 14.00-21.30 Wed 5.45-8.30 Thur 14.00-21.30 Fri 14.00-21.45

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)

Closing date
The closing date is 11 October 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies

Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 10 October 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

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Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@acleisure.com

Leisure Assistant/Lifeguard - Kingfisher Leisure Centre - closes 11 october

We are Abbeycroft- Inspiring a Healthier You
Join Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise. We work for the whole community, providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Kingfisher was refurbished in 2021 and offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes.

About the person
We are looking for a motivated individual who will embrace our “Inspiring a Healthier You” message. You will be a responsible person, 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. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required for this post.

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.

Experience & Qualifications required/preferred
The role will require a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). If you do not currently hold this qualification don’t worry, full training will be provided to the successful candidate. 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.

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 to support you.

Hours
22.83 (average) Hours per week

Week 1
Tue 14.00-21.30 Thur 06.00-14.00 Sun 8.00-15.30
Week 2
Tue 14.00-21.30 Thur 06.00-14.00 Sun 11.30-20.00
Week 3
Tue 14.00-21.30 Thur 06.00-14.00 Sun 10.00-19.00

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)

Closing date
The closing date is 11 October 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies.

Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 10 October 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

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Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@acleisure.com

Swimming instructors/teachers 

Manager with Specialism (Swim Co-ordinator) - Hadleigh Pool and Leisure-

We are Abbeycroft- Inspiring a Healthier You
Join Suffolk’s largest independent leisure operator and charitable social enterprise. We work for the whole community, providing quality facilities and opportunities to lead a healthier, active lifestyle. Hadleigh Pool and Leisure offers swimming, gym, fitness classes, swimming lessons, health, and wellbeing classes plus a range of community programmes bringing people together through the shared passion for sport and exercise.

About the role
Swimming is an important part of our membership and last year we taught 6000 children to swim in our Swim Academy as well as welcoming tens of thousands of individual and family swimmers to our selection of pools. As a manager, you are responsible for day to day operations, Health and Safety, staffing and customer experience of the Leisure Centre. Your main area of responsibility will be managing a team of swim teachers, the day to day running of the swim scheme. You are allocated time to ensure an excellent service is adhered to whilst achieving business, financial and operational targets. Your job title will be Manager with Specialism (Swim Co-ordinator). Development pathways offer opportunities for career progression through hybrid roles, salary progression and training opportunities.

About the person
You will be a responsible person, frequently looking after the safety and wellbeing of our customers. You will have a flexible approach to a very busy and varied working environment yet be able to be focused on helping every customer and colleague that you deal with. You will need to have good organisational skills, be methodical towards administrative tasks and equally happy with being a team player or working on your own initiative. Knowledge on the ASA National Teaching Plan for Swimming would be desirable. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required for this post.

Experience & Qualifications required
ASA or STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Qualification and RLSS NPLQ Qualification are essential requirements. Applications will be considered without this and the successful applicant will be required to complete this training within 3 months of commencing employment.

Hours
37 hours (average) per week with 4 week rota below

Week 1 Tue 9.00-17.30 Wed 13.30-22.00 Thur 9.00-17.30 Fri 5.30-13.30
Week 2 Mon 13.30-22.00 Tue 9.00-17.30 Wed 13.30-22.00 Thur 9.00-17.30 Fri 13.30-21.30
Week 3 Mon 5.30-13.30 Tue 9.00-17.30 Wed 13.30-22.00 Thur 9.00-17.30 Fri 13.30-21.30
Week 4 Mon 14.00-22.00 Tue 9.00-17.30 Thur 9.00-17.30 Sat 7.30-16.30 Sun 8.00-18.30

Salary
The salary (full time equivalent) is from £23,016.44 per annum

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. Development pathways are in place for staff development, learning and career progression.

Closing date
The closing date is 18 September 2022 but we will close this early if an appropriate applicant applies

Potential interview date
Interviews to take place week commencing 19 September 2022 although we may contact suitable candidates for interview before this date.

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Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@acleisure.com

casual Swimming Instructor - Kingfisher

About the role

Looking for a Career that Matters? Train to be a Swimming Teacher!
Swimming is an important and enjoyable part of our membership and last year we taught 6000 children to swim in our Swim Academy as well as welcoming tens of thousands of individual and family swimmers to our selection of pools.
As a swim teacher you will be responsible for delivering engaging swimming lessons as part of our swim academy.

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 to support you to be the best.

About the person
You will be a responsible person, frequently looking after the safety and wellbeing of our customers. You will need to be a team player but equally comfortable working on your own initiative. You will be able to deliver engaging lessons and always enjoy delivering exceptional customer experience. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be required for this post.

Experience & Qualifications preferred
ASA or STA Level 2 Award in Teaching Swimming*
*If you do not currently hold this qualification, don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to undertake full training

Hours
This is a casual position – The ideal candidate will be flexible with various hours available and lessons typically take place after school or early afternoon for pre school, as well as weekends.

·         Holidays
·         Monday to Friday
·         Weekend availability

Salary
Your hourly rate is £14.50 (Following national living wage changes in April 2022)

Closing date

Potential interview date

How to apply APPLY NOW

Further information
For more information – please email recruitment@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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