Tom Bird – Club Manager
Tom is the General Manager of Palms Leisure Club, bringing over 6 years of sport & leisure experience to the table. He has a wealth of knowledge and talents to help drive the club in the right direction.
Tom started his leisure career as a sports coach at the age of 17, after completing his first season in this job he returned for a second where he took on an additional role as a pool lifeguard. In his third year he decided to fly the nest where his journey began and start work as a outdoor team leader, still coaching sports and guarding the lives of swimmers in the pool but with an added level of responsibility and his first taste of leisure management. His fourth year saw another change in pace as he was promoted from Team Leader to Duty Manager taking on more responsibility and joining the upper management team at that site.
Another year passed whilst finding his feet in leisure management when an opportunity arose to further his skills and knowledge. During this time, Tom achieved his Trainer Assessor status with the Royal Lifesaving Society which allows him to train, qualify and assess lifeguards. With great power came great responsibility as he was promoted from Duty Manager to Operations Manager where he adopted and managed a number of sites in the Scarborough & Ryedale area. In the end his journey lead him to here – to Palms Leisure Club in March 2019 where he took over as General Manager.
In the time that has passed, he has been dedicated to improving the club with increasing standards of health & safety, business management and member satisfaction. Almost instantly charged himself with the task of refurbishing and reopening the studio area where classes such as Boxercise, HITT & Yoga will take place.
Thoroughly enjoying his time with the company so far, Tom looks forward to what the future holds with this business and the improvements that surely will be made.
Living at his home in Scarborough, Tom commutes every day to Carnaby in Bridlington to fulfil his day to day duties. As an avid car enthusiast he relishes the chance to drive his cars even if it’s just to and from work. As well as his interest in cars, he enjoys keeping active & physically fit, attempting to attend the gym 5 times a week either before or after work, after all there really is no excuse there – you literally work there. When he’s not training himself, you may find him in the gym training others and putting his “Level 2 in improving personal exercise and nutrition” qualification to good use.
He gained his fitness qualifications after 5 years of studying sport though school and college, part of what inspired him to get into the leisure industry all them years ago.