The Leisure, Recreation & Participation service has a number of opportunities to get involved via full-time, part-time and volunteering roles throughout Hartlepool.


The latest opportunities are listed below, please check here regularly as new roles may be available over time.

Participation Manager (Sport & Physical Activity)
  • Contract Type: Permanent 

  • Working Pattern: Full time

  • Vacancy ID: 218509

  • Salary: Band 10 £27,741 - £30,451 pa

  • Hours per week: 37

  • Employment Location: Brierton Sports Centre 

  • Closing Date: 23/01/2022


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Hartlepool is a vibrant and energetic town with growing prospects. As an authority we want to make Hartlepool the best it possibly can be and require dedicated, driven and committed staff to help us achieve our aim.

Being active is fundamental to good physical and mental wellbeing, whilst contributing positively in so many other ways to our lives – whether addressing social isolation, improving employment prospects or raising self-esteem. The Participation Manager (Sport and Physical Activity) will therefore play an important role in supporting the Leisure, Recreation & Participation service to improve people’s lives through a focus on reducing physical inactivity and developing high quality, accessible opportunities for all within the community.

This post will report to the Participation & Strategy Manager and working closely with the senior management team. Applicants should be educated to A Levels or equivalent and possess a minimum of an NGB Level 2 or equivalent. Previous experience in managing staff and budgets with a proven record of improving results will be essential. Additionally, applicants will need to demonstrate competencies in partnership working, project/event management along with understanding current issues, policies and developments relating to the post.

The successful candidate will also support in the development of plans and bids aimed at securing resources for the continual improvement upon the delivery of services whilst having overall responsibility for the Participation Team and the associated staff.

The working week will be varied and often linked to the requirements of the role and associated deadlines. The successful candidate must be passionate about the value and impact that sport and physically activity can have, be knowledgeable about the sector and issues local to Hartlepool and be able to demonstrate professionally, how you’ve been able to make a difference to people’s lives, through sport and physical activity.

For further information please contact Daniel Garthwaite, Participation & Strategy Manager on 01429 523599.

Closing date: Sunday 23rd January 2022

Interviews: Wednesday 2nd February 2022


Casual Level 2 Group Fitness Instructors/Sports Coaches
  • Contract Type: Casual 

  • Working Pattern: As and when required

  • Vacancy ID: 0000004152

  • Salary: £11.50 per hour

  • Hours per week: 0

  • Employment Location: Mill House Leisure Centre, Headland Sports Centre or Brierton Sports Centre 


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Please note that this position is on a casual basis to cover for sickness and annual leave and successful candidates will be paid at an hourly rate.

Hartlepool Borough Council requires Group Fitness Instructors/sports coaches for the Leisure recreation and Participation team.

Hartlepool Borough Council's Sport and Recreation Service has established a strong positive reputation for quality of service, in providing a pro-active approach designed to facilitate and promote high quality sport and physical activity provision.

We are currently looking to recruit group fitness instructors/sports coaches of various disciplines e.g spinning, pound, circuit training, boxfit, swimming, gym instructors etc to join our growing team.

To be successful, you will need to possess a Level 2 Group fitness/coaching qualification or equivalent, show excellent communication skills and be able to support the planning, delivery and evaluation.

Hartlepool Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

For further information please contact David Smith, Assistant Manager on 01429 402867.


Swimming Teacher Recruitment Academy

If you want to become a swimming teacher and enjoy an active and rewarding role with Hartlepool Borough Council then this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Apply now to start your journey to becoming a swimming teacher!

The academy allows aspiring teachers to receive all their training for only £79, compared to the usual cost of over £1,000. It includes mentoring to support your development, and you’ll be matched with an employer.

Successful applicants will complete their SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) and Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualifications and be supported through their training journey with Institute of Swimming Membership which includes over £100 worth of free e-learning. To help them develop, trainees will spend some time volunteering and get support from a mentor to ensure they have the necessary experience for the role and are ready to hit the poolside well equipped to teach.

Teaching swimming is an active and rewarding role. Work hours are generally part-time and there are a variety of working hours available across weekdays and weekends. For these roles, there may be an opportunity to work in the following leisure centre;

  • Mill House Leisure Centre, Raby Rd, Hartlepool TS24 8AR

Once qualified successful trainees will be employed as paid swimming teachers by Hartlepool Borough Council on a casual or part-time basis.

Applications close on 20th February 2022.


Interviews will take place between 21st -24th February 2022 with a meet and greet on 7th March 2022.

You don’t need any prior qualifications to apply as you will be supported through your training, although we are accepting applications from those who are halfway through their swimming teacher training or already have their level 1 or 2 qualifications.

If you have any questions before applying you can contact us at

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