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Active Communities Manager - Ashford, Kent.

Freedom Leisure
Ashford, Kent
£25,000 pa
Closing date
7 May 2021

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Freedom Leisure are committed to getting local communities and hard to reach groups more active, contributing to improved lives. To achieve this, we are recruiting a driven and innovative Active Communities Manager to lead the Active Communities Service across our Ashford contract. The Active Communities Manager will have experience within the field, managing local teams, projects and successful partnerships and they will have a commitment to improving the health & wellbeing of local people. The AC Manager will receive support from the local contract team, our head office, the local Council Sport & Health Team and they will be part of the wider Active Communities team across the Country.

You will be the local point of contact for all sites, partners and groups to develop a diverse Active Communities offering. You will lead on the local development plan to increase opportunities for people to get more active, improve their wellbeing and motivation, contributing to achieving key outcomes of Sport England, Ashford Borough Council and Kent Sport. You will work with local teams and networks to avoid duplication and maximise collaborative opportunities to develop a broad range of programmes for local communities. We are looking for someone who is highly organised, self-motivated and able to work with a wide range of people and groups. You will ensure all work is evidenced and the impact of all programmes is known. You will be responsible for attracting external funding to the contract and have experience of financial accountability.

The role requires you to have a valid driving licence, and access to a car, as you will be required to travel across Ashford and to various locations across the Country.

Hours: 37hrs a week, Monday to Friday – Managers will need to be flexible, as the role may include work at weekends/ out of office/evenings as required.


  • At least 6 months experience within a sports development based role
  • Proven experience with leading on key sport development and community programmes.
  • Experience of programme management, within budgets and leading on service level agreements
  • An awareness of the roles of Sports Partnerships, National Governing Body initiatives, the voluntary sector and Local Authorities.
  • Good computer skills and understanding
  • Excellent communication skills, able to think on your feet.
  • Team orientated approach, able to work across organisation boundaries and demonstrate interest and be supportive of the work of staff
  • Mobility to travel across the District


  • My Staff Shop, our very own staff benefit scheme, gives employees access to a great range of benefits. Get discounts on cinema tickets, travel bookings, high street e-vouchers, gift cards, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending.
  • Discounted Staff membership (including family members)
  • Incremental holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential, independent and professional counselling.
  • Company pension
  • Various insurance and saving schemes
  • Financial advice
  • Cycle-to-work and Car Leasing tax-efficient schemes (salaried staff only)
  • All this as well as fully funded training and career progression opportunities in a team working environment

Closing date: 7th May 2021

Salary: £25,000pa


Established in April 2002 as a not for profit leisure trust Freedom ran four centres on behalf of Wealden District Council. Since then the company has enjoyed considerable growth and operates 2 brands, Freedom Leisure and Freedom Fitness.

Currently freedomleisure operates 34 sites mainly in the South East of England, across Sussex, Surrey and Kent but we are expanding North and West. We are delighted to say we will also be operating in Worcestershire in early 2015.

A recent addition to the company is freedomfitness We are excited to be taking over the management and operation of the three clubs at Warwick, Milton Keynes and Maidstone.

As a not for profit trust we have no share holders to pay and surplus income is reinvested directly into the centres and clubs to provide an improved leisure service for the communities in which we operate. We work together with our key partners including local authorities, Primary Care Trusts, schools, colleges, charities and other public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Our board of trustees is independent and voluntary. They are highly experienced with skills drawn from both the public and private sector. We are not owned by anybody, such as employees, shareholders, or private sector organisations.

We are committed to developing locally empowered and locally accountable partnerships. Our objective is to make a positive impact and contribute to local services and facilities.

We are all dedicated to working with our partners to deliver first class services and facilities and to encourage everyone to enjoy and participate regularly in a healthy and active lifestyle and have some fun doing it.

 Our Vision

Maintain and improve our position as one of largest not for profit leisure trusts in the South East, operating sports, leisure and entertainment facilities for an expanding range of partners.


Our staff recruitment and retention strategy will guarantee motivated and well trained teams to ensure our customers are the focal point of service delivery. Our people are at the heart of our business. From the top down we expect 100% commitment to providing excellent service to all our customers.

  • Staff membership
  • Pension
  • Childcare vouchers
  • In-house Training department
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • Cafe discount
  • Uniform

We are an equal opportunities employer and are glad to receive applications from anyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, marital or civil partnership status, race, religion or belief, gender or sexual orientation.

Apprenticeships and NVQ training

Freedom offers employees the opportunity to develop through our apprenticeship programme.

Existing staff can work towards obtaining a level 2 or 3 NVQ in one of our leisure related qualifications whist learning on the job.

We know it’s difficult sometimes getting started out in your career, our In-house training team offer apprenticeships to give you the opportunity to learn and earn a wage whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification in:

  • Customer Service
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Personal Training
  • Sales
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Leisure Operations
  • Leisure Management

Please contact for more details.

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