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Four leisure jobs fit for a football manager (or an ex-football manager)

Have you had to leave a high-profile well-paid job in sport recently? *coughs* It’s bad times but don’t despair. If you have experience in sports and transferable skills then there will be a leisure job for you, even if you were, for example, as high-up as the manager of the England football team.

Leisure jobs

You may want to take a break for a while, maybe to refresh your mind and body, before you get stuck back in to sports and leisure again, but rest assured, 4Leisure Recruitment are here to help.

Here are four leisure jobs which could be a great fit for you…..

General Manager for a leisure complex

If you are confident in managing a team of high-performing people, have steely determination, and are able to inspire and lead, then maybe you could be a general manager for a leading leisure brand at their complex in the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire/Hertfordshire area.

With a salary of £40,000 – £45,000 and an achievable bonus package, this is not to be sniffed at. It might be less than you’re used to, but it’s working for a company with room for development and you won’t have the press on your doorstep if you slip up occasionally. Hopefully.

Learn more at

How about being a sales manager?

Are you an inspirational leader who can get the best from your team? Then come and work somewhere a bit more scenic, and away from the spotlight of London. A Dorset-based health and fitness provider is seeking a tenacious sales manager to join their team.

Your job is to increase footfall and convert leads into new memberships by innovative marketing and inspiring your sales staff. It requires some evenings and weekend working, but you can do this in the very nice high-end facility rather than facing the wind and rain in a dugout in some European town.

Fancy this one? There is more information at

A lifeguard?

If you can swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds, jump or dive deep in to the water, and have a passion for keeping people of all ages safe and sound, then you can take your NPLQ and be a lifeguard. Lifeguarding gets a bad rep sometimes but I don’t really know why. It’s a great job that teaches you the basics you will need for working in the leisure industry, and often provides flexible work you can do in on evenings and weekends, or just in the summer, or off-season if you like. In fact, why not do it anyway and you can work it around another job for that bit of extra cash? Just don’t be trying to sell on pool noodles for profit to undercover reporters or you might find yourself back in the job centre.

Here’s a job that’s going right now

Beauty Brand Ambassador

If you’re available for ongoing work immediately (and a little bird told me that you are), then we are looking for beauty brand ambassadors. We need people with a passion for the beauty industry, with outgoing personalities, and exceptional customer service and communication skills. I mean, you have experience dealing with the press, right? We offer weekly pay and the opportunity to work with some luxury cosmetic and perfume brands. It might be a bit different to the sales patter that you’re known for, but if you have retail experience, then please consider this.

We are currently recruiting for Beauty Brand Ambassadors in Newbury, and all over greater London

If you’re looking for a new job in leisure, then please do get in touch

We’re here Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 01895 450640 or on email 24/7

All the best for the future in finding your next job. Just try to keep hold of that one for longer, eh?

How a sport becomes an ‘Olympic’ sport and how Rugby Sevens made that journey.

Rugby Union was played at Olympic level between 1900 and 1924, at which stage it was dropped from the line-up. This year sees Rugby Sevens appear on the Olympic stage – So what is Rugby Sevens and what does it take to be an Olympic sport?

Flexibility in the line-up for the Olympics reflects societal change and diversity over the ages. Sports go in and out of fashion over time. The rugby played in the Olympic Games back at the turn of the century was the traditional 15 player game. The game included today in the battle for medals is the newer faster and shorter version. This shorter version currently being celebrated by Olympic viewers originated as a fund-raiser in Scotland back in 1883. From there it spread, firstly south of the Scottish borders and then globally.

Women's rugby

Rugby sevens is administered by World Rugby and is played internationally with the World Rugby Seven Series running annually.

Rugby Sevens is a variant of rugby union and has only seven players on each team. There are only five subs and substitutions are limited to five. The match is played in two halves of seven minutes each with only a one-two minute half-time break. The entire structure of the game is designed to keep it fast paced and free-flowing. Played by both men and women this design means that entire tournaments can be played in a matter of days as is the case in Rio.

The olympics

The International Olympic Committee are the body responsible for deciding the fate of a sport that chooses to apply for Olympic inclusion. The journey is a long and complicated one.

Initially the sport has to be recognised as a sport by the IOC. Then the IOC require that the sport be governed by an international body. That body then has to apply many codes and rules set out by the Olympic charter. Recognition as a sport does not however determine inclusion, – for example chess has for many years tried to become part of the Olympics.

An application process can then be undertaken where the IOC decide which applications are successful. The decision is based on a number of factors; including the popularity of the sport, and that the sport must be played by both men and women. Cost factors concerning where to hold the sport are considered in order that hosts are not faced with huge overheads for a venue which may never again be used. Appeal to the younger generation is also a factor and the sport must be considered to ‘add value’ to the games.

Whilst rugby sevens made it back into the games this year, baseball and wrestling were removed. Announced just this month, baseball has made it back onto the list of confirmed sports for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This highlights the ever-changing face of sport and society. Completely new to the line-up in 2020 will be skateboarding and surfing.

The journey to become a new Olympic sport is a complicated one based on many factors and in years to come we may even see the return of the good old tug of war!

Until then it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fiercely exciting Rugby Sevens tournaments and break out your skateboards – there is only four years to make it into the GB Skateboarding team!


Five not-to-be-missed sporting events this summer

As soon as the weather begins to warm and the daylight hours begin to stretch we see a huge increase in the amount of sport that we as a nation consume.

So far this year has seen some incredible sporting events with still some spectacular ones to follow. There has been football drama in the Euro 2016 championships, superb quality tennis over the Wimbledon fortnight, Horse racing, Formula One, Cricket, Golf, the list goes on! Counting down the days to the beginning of the 2016 Olympics we thought we would take a quick look at five events that if you missed them this year you will want to catch them next time around.

Earlier in the season you will of course remember the very tense World Nettle Eating championships in West Dorset. This year’s winner consumed approximately 76 feet of the plants and comfortably (or uncomfortably) beat his nearest rival by approximately 20 feet. Next year the championships are expected to be in the same place should you be considering entering. This winner this year also came first last year so some hard training over the winter may be necessary. More more information on how to take part next year, please visit!nettle-eating-bottleinn-nettle/c19qp

Also not for the faint hearted is the Toe Wrestling World Championships in Derbyshire.

Established in the 1970s the World Championships has a rich heritage. The entrance regulations for this event are rigorous with contestants having to pass a strict toe inspection before competing. The date for 2017 has yet to be revealed. Unfortunately, the sport was denied inclusion for the Olympics in 1997 as the Olympic committee were unsure if it would qualify as a winter or summer sport.

All you need to know at

If you fancy a spot of travelling for your sport, then Finland hosts the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in summer. There are four customary styles to ‘carry the wife’ (although some contestants do borrow a ‘wife’ for the contest), the wife can be dangled, piggybacked, thrown over the shoulder and also be crosswise across the shoulders. Should there be any interested parties looking to take up serious competition training over the winter the link below will take you to a page which offers advice in how to become a ‘master’ at carrying the wife. As a country, the United Kingdom has been under-represented in these championships, and it would be great to see this turn around. As an incentive, the organisers insist that carrying the wife is very good for your relationship!

Find out more at

More recently if you were lucky enough to make it see the London Chessboxing Championships. Chessboxing sees two competitors play a three-minute game of chess followed by a round of boxing, and so on. Well until there is either a knockout or a checkmate. Training for this event must indeed take severe amounts of dedication and perseverance, also a liking for chess and boxing!

You can join in with Chessboxing classes at

Lastly and one not to be missed for this year is the 31st World Bogsnorkelling Championships in August. These truly international world championships have seen participants from around the globe and promises to be an event like no other. The event to be held in Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales also runs a fancy dress element to the competition.

For anyone who is interested-it is not too late to enter. Online entries close seven days before the event on Sunday August 28th. Visit the information page where you can find out how to register register. Good luck to those who are brave enough to enter!

More info at

For the rest of us who may not be brave enough to have a go at some of the listed sports we wish you a happy countdown to the start of the Olympics (minus Toe-wrestling) and hope you enjoy all of the wonderful sports the summer still has for us to enjoy!

Congratulations to Jodie (and mum!)

All the team here at 4Leisure wanted to say a huge well done to our own Jodie and mum Michele who completed the Race for Life in Hillingdon on Sunday (5th June) in 45 minutes!

Jodie sends thanks to all those generous souls who have sponsored her and helped her smash her target!

The weather was kind and runners took part in their droves. A truly amazing cause to raise money for, if anyone has picked up the running bug from Jodie there are many more events taking place during the rest of the year.

Well done Jodie and Michele, running in honour of a special lady and raising money for a great cause.

It’s not too late to sponsor Jodie and Michele – you can top up their total at

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Jodie to run 5k for Cancer Research UK

This weekend, 4Leisure Recruitment resourcer Jodie and mum Michele will be running Race for Life in Hillingdon to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life is the UK’s biggest ladies only fundraising event. Starting in 1994 as a single 5k race in Battersea Park, London, Race for Life has expanded into over 200 regional races which include 5k and 10k races, half-marathons, marathons, and the popular Pretty Muddy, a pink version of endurance events such as Tough Mudder.

Races are more about participation than record breaking times – you are encouraged to “walk, jog, or run” a 5k, and women of all ages, sizes, and ability take part. Since Race for Life began, over 6 million women have taken part, and over £493 million has been raised for Cancer Research UK

Facts about Race for Life

  • A 5k Race for Life in 2001 was Jane Tomlinson’s first ever fundraising event after her cancer diagnosis. She went on to raise over £1.75 million for charity.
  • Runners wear a card in memory of those for who they are running.
  • Pink is the colour of Race for Life. Participants are known as the Pink Army
  • Following complaints about the ladies only event being discriminatory, a Run for Moore in memory of the late footballer Bobby Moore was introduced, but discontinued in 2010. Boys under 12 are allowed to take part in the ladies race after a rule change in 2012.

Jodie and Michele have met their fundraising target ahead of this weekend’s race but welcome more. All goes to a fantastic charity who work to find a cure for the numerous cancers that exist, and also develop new treatments for cancer patients. They also advise people about cancer, and act as advisors to government health policy makers.

If you would like to give Jodie and Michele a little boost, please visit their giving page and sponsor them a little money –

IMATS London 2016 – see you there!

This week, Ali and Hayley-Jo will be attending IMATS London. Will we see you there?

IMATS London 2016

IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) London is a trade exhibition for the make-up industry’s biggest names where they will share their skills, secrets and stories. Now in its 15th year IMATS brings together film, fashion, TV and theater artists with budding make-up artists.

There will be make-up classes and live demos at the show, and top make-up brands will sell the latest and greatest products.

Cutting-edge beauty artist Alex Box will unveil her latest project at IMATS London. The former Illamasqua creative director’s work has appeared inVogue and Won the faces of Lady Gaga and Kate Moss and on the catwalks for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel. She’ll do a make-up demo and spend one-on-one time with attendees.

Love make-up shopping? You’re in luck: International brands including Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Bobbi Brown Pro and Make Up For Ever Paris will unveil new products and offer old favorites.

In the Battle of the Brushes student make-up competitions, international make-up students will race to create winning looks. This year’s beauty competition is themed Carnival/Circus; the character competition is themed Four Decades of Star Wars. And the Make-up Museum will showcase creations from well-loved films and TV shows.

IMATS London 2016 looks to be another fantastic event and Ali and Hayley-Jo are very much looking forward to seeing what’s new in the world of make-up, and meeting lots of new make-up professionals. If you see them, please do go and say hello.

Ali McAlister

Ali of 4Leisure Recruitment

Ali is our spa and beauty Business Development Consultant. She has 22 year’s experience in the spa and beauty industry and specialises in networking, recruitment opportunities, consultancy, and training and education


Hayley Jo of 4 Leisure Recruitment

Hayley-Jo joins us from a wonderful background within the beauty and entertainment industries having worked for several national and global companies, including 4 magical years with Disney Cruise Line, and also managing premium beauty counters within department stores. Hayley-Jo is new to 4Leisure Recruitment, so be nice!

IMATS London runs from 3rd to 5th June at the Olympia National in West Kensington. You can find out more information at  

How to…..attract candidates in a flat leisure job market

How to attract great leisure industry candidatesI don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a reduction in the number of skilled candidates recently. Whether this is because leisure companies are getting better at hanging on to their skilled, experienced staff (very important in a people-centric industry) or less people are choosing to pursue a career in leisure, I’m not really sure yet, but as one of the UK’s leading leisure recruiters, we’re certainly seeing the pool of job-seeking leisure professionals shrink, while demand for good leisure staff is as high as ever. Well, we do like a challenge!

This doesn’t help you if you’re looking for skilled staff to push your leisure business forward and expand, or to fill gaps where staff have moved on to pastures new. If you’re finding that recruiting the right staff for your business is more challenging than usual, then you’re not alone.

Here’s what you can do to give yourself the best chance of finding great candidates, and making sure your preferred candidates say yes to your offer.


Have a look at whether your pay offer is competitive. Check out what your competitors are paying (especially those who tempted away your last skilled worker) and see if what you’re offering stacks up. Yes, you may have been competitive 18 months ago, but things can change quickly. Recent introductions such as the National Living Wage have altered the game considerably, especially for those at the lower end of the pay scale.

Read this article about the importance of pay in retaining employees


While pay is fundamentally important to lots of employees, if you’re on a strict wage budget then it’s not always possible just to solve a problem by throwing money at it. Can you offer other things which could tip the balance in your favour?

Free membership and use of your facilities may not appeal to everyone, but if the gym is something you own and control, then it’s worth a try. Same for product based companies – can you offer a substantial discount on your products?

If you’re a big company, you could negotiate a group buying discount which you can pass on to your employees – private healthcare is popular, or store discount cards so your staff can save money on their essential outgoings.

If you’re a small company or a start-up then what about offering share options in your company as a bonus, or for longer service? This is a great incentive for staff to help make sure your business is a success, and gives the staff a reward for their hard work.

Working hours

There is more demand for flexible working hours. Employers have an obligation to take seriously all requests for flexible working, and where the employer cannot or is not willing to help the employee out, then that employee is more likely to start looking for someone who can.

If you can offer ‘better’ hours, then you may give yourself an advantage when attracting good candidates. Listen to what your candidates want in terms of flexibility – maybe they just want to work fewer weekends, or have the option to leave early a couple of days a week. Some flexibility on your part may make working for your business that little bit more of a viable option.

You might like this article on why leisure staff may want to work more flexibly 


If you have a great pay offer, some nice benefits, and offer a degree of flexible working then you sound like a great option for good candidates. If you’re not shouting about this, then you should be! Make sure that candidates know what a great company you are to work for. Great marketing should sell your brand and your business not only to paying customers, but also to potential employees, so get your company out there and make sure that your job vacancies get under the noses of the right people.

Are you that great candidate that leisure companies are looking for?

If you’re a leisure professional in demand, then now is a great time to move. With fewer leisure professionals chasing a high number of vacancies, you’re in a great position to negotiate, not only with your current employer, but also with potential employers.

Speak to a specialist leisure recruitment company – we know a good one! – and see where you sit in the market, and to assess your worth. Look at what other companies are paying by keeping an eye on current vacancies, even if you don’t want to move just yet – it’s a great way of seeing what’s out there.

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The Fusion Lifestyle Divisional Awards

4Leisure Recruitment were proud to sponsor Fusion Lifestyle Divisional Awards last night at the Oxford Ice Rink. Fantastic fun had by all, great to see such team engagement and people being recognised and rewarded!

Here’s our own James Procter with some of the award-winning team members.

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We also managed to get in a bit of Ice Karting, which was a lot of fun!

Announcing – partnering with The Massage Company

We are proud to announce our successful partnership with The Massage Company.

The Massage Company has been formed by two spa industry leaders, Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker, and their first site – in Camberley, Surrey – is having its grand opening this week. As official recruiters to The Massage Company, representatives from 4Leisure Recruitment will be attending. We are happy to say that we have been able to completely staff the Camberley centre in time! Great work by the spa recruitment team in supporting this amazing new concept start-up.

The Massage Company plan on rolling the business out as a franchise, and have set their sights on having 30 sites within five years. We will watch their development with interest, and wish them all the best for the future.

“There’s nothing more we like than supporting a start-up. TMC looks like an exciting proposition with big plans and we’re really happy to be working with them. It’s great to work with people who have a very clear people strategy, who provide us with everything we need to do a great job for them. Look forward to the grand opening!” ~ Jean Wing Hing, Director

You can find out more about The Massage Company at

This article below has appeared in the April edition of Professional Beauty magazine

The Massage Company and 4 Leisure Recruitment in Professional Beauty Magazine

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Martyn gets on his bike for medical research

Last Sunday saw our own Martyn Senior start training for his first 100-mile bike ride in aid of Action Medical Research for Children.

Action Medical Research finds and funds research to help hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need help. The charity has been helping children for over 60 years and has invested over £110m in vital research and development to improve the quality of life for children

AMR Suffolk Sunrise

Currently the charity has over £11m invested in over 75 projects around the country. The research being funded covers a vast spectrum of ailments and diseases; from meningitis to brain cancer, epilepsy to sickle cell, each and every project is striving to save and change the lives of children through medical research.

The charity explains that ‘surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children’.

There are many ways to become involved and support the work this fantastic charity does, one of which is to sign up to

This annual fundraising event raises lots of much needed funds. Martyn started his training last weekend with a cheeky little 25 miles around the Kent countryside and he promises to keep us up to date with some training pictures and regular updates. He is hoping to cover a good 300 to 400 miles over the next few weeks in preparation for the event.

Martyn's trusty bike

We very much look forward to following the training and progress, updates will be posted here. If you want to support Martyn and this fabulous cause then here is the link All sponsorship welcomed!

If you would like any further information on Action Medical Research, please visit:

Good luck Martyn!

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