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Leisure Facility Management II

Course CodeBRE306
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment


There are two parts to this course:

Part 1: This course relates to the management and maintenance of both indoor and outdoor facilities and equipment, including swimming pools, locker rooms, buildings, gymnasiums, and sports turf. Content includes monitoring the condition of equipment, routine maintenance programming and simple repair procedures.

Part 2: This course develops a manager's ability to participate effectively as part of a design team for major works, or to plan and direct contractors in the development of minor facilities.  It covers:

  •  Ergonomic considerations
  •  Managing construction work
  •  Design of sports grounds
  •  Design of indoor facilities
  •  Design of gymnasium equipment

Lesson Structure

There are 13 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Facility Management
    • Nature and scope of the work
    • Developing management procedures
    • Quality (compliance) systems
  2. Water Facilities
    • Water treatments: salt, bromine, ozone etc
    • pH management
    • Control of water temperature
    • Filtration systems
    • Air maintenance in an indoor pool area
    • Routine pool maintenance
    • Maintenance of spas, saunas and steam rooms
    • Common problems with swimming pools
    • Pool surrounds
    • Ancillary facilities
    • Managing use of swimming pools
  3. Sports Turf Facilities
    • Advantages and disadvantages of turf as a sporting surface
    • Turf condition: what affects the condition of turf
    • Maintenance practices for turf
  4. Gymnasiums
    • Sports equipment: track, athletics
    • Gymnasium maintenance
    • Health and safety in a gym
    • Gymnasium standards
  5. Public Buildings
    • General building maintenance tasks
    • Health and safety issues
    • Managing building repairs
  6. Toilets and Locker Rooms
    • Components of toilet locker room areas
    • Health and safety concerns
    • Routine maintenance
  7. Introduction to Design
    • Design factors
    • Types of facilities
    • Site selection
    • Planning process
  8. Ergonomics
    • Scope and nature of ergonomics
    • Understanding posture
    • Furniture design
    • Ergonomics for a gym
    • Layout of interiors
  9. Outdoor Facilities
    • Pool design: pools and surrounds
    • Water slides
    • Spas
    • Other water features
    • Fountains
    • Playground design
    • Planning for play Community participation
    • Park design
    • Fitness trails
    • Skateboarding
    • Multi purpose courts
  10. Indoor Facilities
    • Floors
    • Walls
    • Lighting
    • Heating
    • Ventilation
    • Use of colour
    • Macro design for indoor facilities
    • Local community recreation centres
  11. Interior Design
    • Exercise facilities
    • The space
    • The equipment: types of equipment
    • Layout of a gym
    • Interior design
  12. Equipment Design
    • Design of fitness equipment
    • Exercise bikes
    • Rowing machines
    • Treadmills
    • Step machines
    • Strength training equipment
  13. Managing Construction
    • Nature of the task
    • Safety

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Identify work tasks involved in the maintenance of recreation facilities.
  • Manage the condition of recreational water facilities, including swimming pools.
  • Manage the condition of a sports turf facility, including monitoring and maintaining the condition of turf.
  • Manage the condition of a gymnasium, including monitoring the condition of structures and equipment.
  • Manage the condition of a public building, including monitoring.
  • Explain design factors for recreation facilities.
  • Explain the concept of ergonomics related to recreation facility design.
  • Explain the design of an outdoor recreation facility used in the industry.
  • Explain the design of an indoor recreation facility.
  • Arrange moveable equipment and furnishings in a way to maximise predetermined criteria, including safety and function, within the physical confines of a facility.
  • Explain the design of fitness equipment.
  • Develop a management strategy for the construction of part, or all, of a recreation facility.

Developing Leisure Centres
A leisure facility provides structural shelter for a particular activity or series of activities. At the same time the building must provide a welcome, "use me", feeling which can be achieved by a sensitive use of space, light and materials. This second purpose "to provide a building with a soul" is related to the characteristics of the users and the local environment. A leisure facility needs to be designed with the users very much in mind and then consideration of the architectural solution. 
Building to a human scale no vast open spaces but warm and friendly small areas.
Facilities may be able to interchange services in an effort to save money and resources
eg: a common car park and basketball court for a local school and community centre. A sharing of facilities is not only economic but provides a more viable social structure for the community.
If facilities can be used throughout the day and evening they become safer places with a "use me" feeling.
Integration of facilities with commercial areas.
Stage the Development 
 The designer or architect needs to work with a project officer or sub-committee who will administer the brief. If the intended manager can be involved at this stage the project will have someone who can follow it through from conception to the working completion. A qualified and experienced manager will help greatly in developing a successful user friendly facility.  
  •  Choice of site 
  •  How is the building to be used
  •  The standards of competitions to be played
  •  Schedule of use and accommodation
  •  Special features eg wave pool
  •  Cost for building, for equipment
  •  Date of completion
  •  Is the building to be built in stages, the costs of each stage
Local Community Recreation Centres
Should be able to reach the various working parts of the building without going through one to get to another.
Spectators should be given enough room so as not to walk across competition surfaces.
Separate wet and dry areas.
There should be enough flexibility with the circulation to readily change an activity that has gone out of vogue with the latest trend.
Specific areas which may be required could include:
  • Reception desk
  • Small meeting rooms
  • Social lounge areas which may overlook playing areas, inside and outside, possibly a bar-b-q
  • Licensed drinks area 
  • Food  
  • Gymnasium and indoor basketball court
  • Hall with a raised stage area
  • Heated swimming pool, inside or outside depending on the local climate
  • Squash courts
  • Multi-purpose fields
  • Bowling green
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf driving range
  • Sports shop
  • Storage
  • Plant room

Why Study this Course?

This course is a great follow-on course from the foundation knowledge provided in Leisure Facility Management I (although it can also be taken as a stand-alone course). Studying this course you will learn specifically about leisure facility design and managing leisure facility maintenance.

Meet some of our academics

John Mason John Mason is one of Australia's most prolific writers. He saw his first work published when at secondary school, where he worked on the school magazine. In 1973 he was writing a weekly column for his local newspaper and by 1975 he was a regular contributor to Australia's national magazine "Your Garden". John was engaged by Victoria's Dept of Youth, Sport and Recreation to write a book on Fun and Fitness Trails in 1978. In 1981 he saw two more books published (one in America, another in Australia), and commenced writing regularly for the Self Sufficiency Magazine, Grass Roots. John is a long term member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Garden Media Guild (UK) and the Horticultural Media Association (Australia). He has written or contributed to over 100 books, many published by international publishers and published more than 2,000 articles across a range of genres (Gardening, Education, Business, Farming, Fitness). In addition, John has contributed to and overseen the development of more than 600 distance education courses which encompass around 20 million words. He has been an avid photographer for 40 years, building a collection of over 100,000 images, which are used to illustrate his work. His marine animal photos are even used by Legoland in England, on their Atlantis ride! Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Christine ToddUniversity lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social). An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.

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