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Sport, Leisure and Recreation

The sport, leisure and recreation sector offers exciting opportunities within areas such as coaching and performance analysis, facilities management, outdoor activities, sport and leisure centre management, sports development, sports event management and disability sport.

These include rewarding roles helping people to enjoy their free time and reach their fitness potential.

B&FC’s programmes have been co-created with the sector to ensure you develop the skills and experience needed for your future career.

Expert tutors benefit from first-hand industry knowledge and relevant work experience allows you to apply your subject to real life.

Meet a tutor on our World At Your Feet video series.

Excellent facilities include a 3G all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite.

Discover how B&FC can help you begin or advance your career in the sport, leisure and recreation industry.

Contact us on T 01253 504 343 or E info@blackpool.ac.uk

Sport, Leisure and Recreation programmes


The North West has a vibrant sports heritage, with Manchester’s Sportcity home to national centres for squash and cycling and the region providing a quarter of England’s Premier League football teams. Consequently, talented physiotherapists, nutritionists and fitness coaches are in high demand.

As sport and leisure gains political momentum (owing to the growing popularity of holistic and preventative healthcare), even more career opportunities are likely to emerge.

Most popular career routes:

Gym, Leisure or Sports Manager | Sport and Exercise Scientist | Fitness Instructor | Leisure Centre Manager | Sport and Exercise Psychologist | Sports Coach | Sports Development Officer | Sports Physiotherapist

Average annual wage in this sector
Number of jobs in the North West
Physiotherapist and patient

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Why choose B&FC?

Employability First

Employability First

Our courses are co-created with more than 1,800 local, regional and national employers to support your future success.

Expert Tutors

Expert Tutors

Our tutors are specialists in their subjects and help you develop the skills you need to be successful. They regularly spend time in industry to keep their knowledge and experience up-to-date.

Personalised Learning

Personalised Learning

Your own personal progress tutor will help you to settle in, keep you informed about upcoming events and provide ongoing support and guidance. We also offer confidential counselling.

Learning Support

Learning Support

If you have a disability (including a specific learning or mental health difficulty) we will help you to access the support needed to manage your studies as independently as possible.

Getting Here

Getting Here

With our FREE or discounted Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or tram. Our FREE shuttle bus links Poulton-le-Fylde with Bispham Campus.

Career Planning

Career Planning

Our free careers service includes expert advice and resources to help with making career choices, applying to university and coaching to get you ready for employment.

Students' Union

Students' Union

Our Students' Union runs a variety of clubs, societies and events, all aimed at giving you the best student experience possible. You could also get involved as a rep or elected officer.



Sports are big at B&FC and there are lots of fitness activities and College teams for you to join, facilitated through our all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite.

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

From smoothies to sub rolls, we offer a wide range of low-cost food and drink plus a FREE healthy breakfast for everyone and FREE meals for eligible students.
Eligibility applies

Work experience opportunities

B&FC works with a wide range of leading companies, offering specific industry placements that offer valuable sector experience.

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Industry-standard facilities

B&FC has fantastic indoor and outdoor sports facilities available for use by students, staff and members of the public. Membership and hire rates and fitness class timetables are available to view on our sports facilities page.

People exercising in the gym

The fully-equipped fitness suite gives access to a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, Arc trainers, a Smith weight training machine and a free weights area.

Basketball players

Our sports hall is a great resource and ideal for indoor sports such as volleyball, badminton and basketball.

Football players

Our 3G all-weather pitch feels and plays like natural grass, with excellent shock absorption to reduce the risk of injury.

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Apply for a place!

It's easy to apply - you just need to click on your chosen programme then click on the 'apply' or 'enquire' button. Some workplace programmes even have an 'enrol' button so you can sign up there and then.

Complete the quick and easy application form then wait for our professional and friendly Admissions Team to get in touch.

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How to find us

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