Community Sport Manager -Bedford

Location Bedford
Discipline: Leisure and Fitness Management
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Salary: £29,385.19
Contact name: Andrew Gilbert

Job ref: 194966

GLL is looking for a Community Sport Manager to work across our leisure and sport facilities in Bedford. If you have the skills and ambition to join us as a Community Sport Manager, there's never been a more exciting time to join us.


The primary role of a Community Sport Manager is to enable our communities to increase their participation in sport and leisure based activities, reducing inequalities and improving their physical health and mental well-being.


The Community Sport Manager is a unique and exciting role that is responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive Sports Development and Community Engagement plan for our sport and leisure facilities across Bedford which considers the following principles;

  • Participation: GLL aims to widen and deepen participation across all of our facilities
  • Reinvestment: GLL is a charitable social enterprise and reinvests surplus into our communities
  • Access: GLL ensures any barriers to activity in our venues and services are removed
  • Empowering communities: GLL connects and empowers communities to improve their physical, social, and mental well-being

The post will work with partners, communities and leisure centre teams to establish pathways of opportunities for individuals and communities to achieve their potential, through using physical activity and sport to tackle cross cutting issues such as health improvement and community development. The role will work with the leisure centres to ensure:

  • Policies and systems are in place that support our customers and colleague’s health & well-being and ensure equality
  • A choice of products are available, tailored to meet the needs of all audience types
  • Products and services that are accessible at the right time, place and price
  • Stakeholders and communities co- design, deliver and promote services
  • Audiences & stakeholders are engaged, reinforcing GLL’s position as the leading charitable social enterprise in the leisure sector
  • Investing in our people, local communities and volunteers to meet local needs.

You will be dealing with a range of people as diverse as school children, the elderly, religious and ethnic groups, so you will need to have excellent communication skills to be able to relate to each type of person. Ideally you will be degree level qualified and have experience in planning and leading community, health or sport based activities and programmes.


Although working as part of a wider team, you will be expected to manage yourself and your own workload and will be self-sufficient. You will be comfortable dealing with stakeholders at all levels and adept at giving presentations. A creative thinker, you will thrive on devising new initiatives to work with the community to foster their participation in leisure activities.


As a charitable social enterprise owned by its staff GLL has a great range of benefits for its employees:


  • A salary from £29,385.19
    ( 39 hours per week)

  • A Values driven organisation

  • Learning & development to support career development

  • Good Pension schemes

  • Discounted gym membership for you and your partner.

  • A full-time permanent position

  • Industry leading rates of pay

  • opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say in how we are run plus associated social events

  • Exclusive discounts on our villas in Portugal

  • Exclusive discounts on our Ski chalets in Bulgaria

  • Health assurance

  • Career pathways, professional development are just the start. To ensure you stay at the top of your game, we provide training with practical and theory elements too.

  • Discounts across thousands of retailers (GLL Extras)

  • 25% off Red Letter Days

  • 25% off Buy A Gift

  • 20% off GLL spa experience treatments and associated products.

  • Ride to work scheme

  • Free eye tests and discounted glasses


About GLL:


As the UK’s largest leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we offer a range of careers for everyone in our local communities. We manage over 400 facilities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including public sport and leisure centres, elite sporting venues, libraries and children’s centres.

Our people are from the communities we serve and help us make real changes in their local area.

One of our core values is ‘More than a Job’, because working with us opens up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities for you, starting with how you work with us. To make sure we’re having a positive impact on our people, we also offer some flexible and part-time working options so you can make sure your new job works for you. Subject to vacancies, whether you are after a contractual commitment and a regular work schedule or the freedom of flexible hours, you may be able to choose an arrangement that works best for you and play your part in improving the health and wellbeing of your community.


We offer two different types of work arrangements:


  • A permanent employment contract - part time and full time

  • A flexible worker engagement by joining our flexible worker pool


If you are looking for a regular number of hours that you can work and are flexible to meet the needs of a 7 day a week service, then a full-time or part-time permanent contract might be the right choice for you.

So, whether your ambitions lie in sport and leisure, events & catering, health & beauty, corporate support or working with children, you will be able to find your ideal new job at GLL.

Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people and are Investors in People Gold Award employer.


However you choose to work with us, you can be sure that you will be a valued member of our team, working with great colleagues, and making a real difference to people’s lives.


We are an inclusive employer. We seek and welcome diversity in our teams.


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