Jobs | Leisure Opportunities Jobs
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
truGym
Stockton-on-Tees
Sheffield City Trust
£23,000
Pond Forge, Sheffield
star job
Ashlyns School
£20,903 - £23,080 plus fringe allowance
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Coram’s Fields
£18,046 pro rata (£23,000 FTE)
Coram's Fields, Kings Cross/Bloomsbury, London
énergie group
Competitive
Bow, London, UK
myCareer profile
Emily Desborough

Retail Assistant Manager

Aqua Sana at Center Parcs, Longleat

Center Parcs

Emily Desborough has worked in the spa and leisure industries for the past five years. She began her career as a beauty therapist for Aqua Sana and now works as a retail assistant manager for the company
Emily Desborough has worked in the spa and leisure industries for the past five years. She began her career as a beauty therapist for Aqua Sana and now works as a retail assistant manager for the company Tell us about your career I started as a beauty therapist, which was my first full-time job in the spa industry, and worked my way up to retail senior therapist, where I was responsible for sales and learned more about the operations side of things. I really wanted to get more out of the company and wanted more responsibility so I took a secondment role as a treatment senior to further my knowledge of the industry, before becoming retail assistant manager, which is my current position. Working for Aqua Sana has opened up so many opportunities for me. Why did you want to get into the industry? I started exploring the spa and beauty sectors after I finished school and I discovered I had a real passion for these industries more or less straight away. It's a very rewarding industry to work in. I really love the people focus. You meet so many people in this line of work, and you're not only their therapist you're their friend too. People come to us to relax and it's this side of things, the taking care of people, that really drew me in. I'm also really interested in the wellness side of things. There's so much that goes into being a good therapist, there's so much to learn. What changes would you like to see? I think there's a real issue of stereotyping, particularly where beauty therapists are concerned. I know that, personally, I felt that people judged me for choosing to study beauty therapy over going to university. I think it's enough to prevent true talent from coming in, which is a real shame as this industry is so worthwhile. It takes a lot of skill, knowledge and training to be a good therapist. How do you think we, as an industry, can address this issue? I think it's all about education. Part of my role is to go out and visit local colleges and schools to talk to the students. It's a part of my job that I absolutely love because I get to share my story with and show them other options, maybe ones they haven't even considered, outside of academia. The response has been amazing, especially when you explain all the routes they can go down and how working in this sector doesn't just limit them to beauty but actually opens them up to the entire leisure industry. It's a fantastic initiative and one I think really makes a difference.
This industry is so worthwhile. It takes a lot of skill, knowledge and training to be a good therapist

More profiles

Water Sports Development Officer

Llandysul paddlers Canoe Centre

Actif Sport and Leisure

Once you have worked out which area of the industry you would rather work in, get as many relevant qualifications as possible.

Actif Young People officer

Carmarthen based (West Carmarthenshire)

Actif Sport and Leisure

Never give up, try a bit of everything until you find what you really want to do and don’t be afraid to ask questions

School swim lesson manager

Westcroft Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

I love being part of the Everyone Active team – it feels like a family, with a really supportive and friendly environment. Working with experienced teachers means I’m learning and growing

Creative Director

Holovis

This is a very buoyant time to be in the attractions industry. We're surrounded by new uses of tech

Active Young People Officer

Carmarthen bases (West Carmarthenshire)

Actif Sport and Leisure

Working within this industry has allowed me to grow as an individual

Owner

Turtle Tots West Yorkshire

Turtle Tots Ltd

Think outside the box and don't be put off by anyone else’s more conventional ideas.

Trainee Duty Manager

Swan Pool

Everyone Active

I’d encourage anyone interested in the fitness industry to consider an Everyone Active apprenticeship, there are so many opportunities for continual development

Director of Aquatics

Water Babies

it’s great to see the impact we have on children and families across the world

Aquatics Project Manager, National Aquatics Team

GLL

Be passionate about helping everyone and continue to learn every single day.

Communities and Group Exercise Manager

Stockport

Life Leisure

If we are going to get the nation fitter and healthier, we must look at how people of all ages can build exercise into their lives.

General Manager

Vale of Glamorgan

Legacy Leisure

I have a real passion for sport and wanted to work in a role where I could make a difference.

Regional Manager

PureGym

It's a real privilege to help people lead healthier lifestyles

Swim School Owner

STA-Swimming Teachers Association

Making learning to swim fun and safe for people is very rewarding to me

Regional swim impact manager

Spelthorne Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

Seeing [children] lose their nerves and go home with a smile on their face is hugely rewarding.

Regional Contract Manager

South East

Everyone Active

I realised I had a passion for helping people get physically active and healthy

Sales Manager

Watford Central Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

I quickly progressed to assistant fitness manager, then sales manager. Being presented with such great opportunities brought out my ambitious side!

Swim lesson manager

Hucknall Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

I always enjoyed swimming as a child and I love seeing people progress, so becoming a teacher seemed the perfect role

Director of Spa and Wellness

Mandarin Oriental London

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

I've always been fascinated by the healing power of nature on both the body and mind

Personal Trainer

David Weir Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

You have to be a certain type of person to be a PT – empathetic and able to deliver sessions tailored to the needs of individuals

Assistant General Manager

London Canning Town

The Gym Group

Fitness is personal, something that seems simple for one person can be lifechanging for another

Operations Manager

Kirklees Active Leisure

I love working with our customers, getting to know them, and helping them to achieve their goals.

Team Leader

Northolt Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

The support I was given enabled me to move up the ranks quickly and I was promoted to team leader after just a few months

Director of Park Operations

Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor

Guests' expectations for high-quality experiences are ever growing

Certified Spinning Instructor

Club McKendry

Precor

I'm helping people get fitter. From young and old, men and women, elite athletes to beginners

Membership Consultant

Sunbury Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

I think apprenticeships are a great introduction to the work environment and help young people to become more mature, so when you do start working full-time, you’re ready for it

Head of Aquatics

Walsall

STA

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of learning to swim in a learner-focused environment

Recreation Team Leader, Watersports

Rutland Watersports

Anglian Water

Working outside, with people enjoying their leisure time, was where I wanted to be

Senior Sport & Leisure Manager

Countywide, Carmarthenshire

Actif Sport and Leisure

When I got into Sports Development, it was key for me to practise what I was preaching so took an active role in sports volunteering outside of work.

Assistant Park Operations Manager

Paultons Park

The leisure industry constantly changes and I'm always excited to see what's next

Operations Director

Circadian Trust

Always be prepared to work hard and give 100 per cent

Director of Operations

The Climbing Hangar

The leisure sector is an exciting, thriving industry that will only continue to grow

Local Activities Manager

Embassy Summer

The industry has done so much and it continues to develop itself

Managing Director

Active IQ

There is an increasing need to equip fitness professionals with medical insight and training

Area Fitness Manager

Everyone Active

I'm very passionate about fitness and want to help others feel the same

Senior Software Consultant

ClubWare

The leisure industry is fast to adopt new ideas and isn't afraid to try new things

Personal Trainer

Watford Woodside

Everyone Active

Making the leap into freelance personal training was quite daunting, but I was keen to have more time for training clients, as that’s what I really enjoy

General Manager

Oxford Castle & Prison

Continuum Attractions

My goal is to see Oxford Castle & Prison emerge as a must-see destination

Managing Director

Active IQ

I'm passionate about helping people qualify to engage others in physical activity

General Manager

Crosby Leisure Centre, Liverpool

Parkwood Leisure

I enjoy hearing positive feedback from customers and staff alike

National Swimming Development Manager

GLL

Swimming really enriches my life and improves my mental wellbeing

Fitness Instructor

Hartham Leisure Centre

Everyone Active

Last year I delivered a free, eight-week-long course of disability and limited mobility exercise classes to help show people what they can achieve
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition