Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) is Aberdeenshire Council’s vehicle for delivery of culture
and sport. LLA offers high quality and easily accessible opportunities to everyone who lives, works, or visits Aberdeenshire to live happier, healthier, and more active lifestyles. Programmes and activities are designed based on local knowledge and
data providing opportunities for participation in arts, heritage, learning and physical
activities. LLA aims of delivering health and wellbeing and developing a sense of
belonging to place and community sit well with the priorities for Children’ Services.
LLA includes the following services:
Sport and physical activity (SPA): The overarching service in Aberdeenshire that manages the provision of sports activities and services, delivered in a variety of community venues and open spaces. We provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills such as swimming through the provision of swimming lessons, early movement, and motor skills through the provision of pre-school and junior activity sessions and bookable spaces for people to book to take part in informal sessions. Teen gym and group exercise classes are also available, with memberships offered at an affordable level, including the live life essential membership which is free to all and offers free activity as one of the benefits.
Active Schools: LLA’s Active Schools Team works across primary and secondary schools, to coordinate activities which encourage children and young people to build physical activity into their daily lives and take part in a sport. Active Schools is funded jointly by Sport Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council with the main aim of getting children more active through participation in physical activity in extra-curricular time. We offer the tools, motivation to be more active throughout their school years and into adulthood through positive engagement with community sports clubs, whilst also providing opportunities to develop leadership skills and volunteering experience which often leads to paid work in senior years.
The Active Schools team also support the delivery of holiday programmes across Aberdeenshire, with opportunities for school aged children to take part in fun games and sporting activities in Easter, Summer and October school holidays.
Community Sports Hubs: Aberdeenshire have 2 Sports Hub Officers who work with community clubs and organisations to support their own development. This includes engaging clubs to work closely with LLA and encourage opportunities for creating better pathways for children and young people to join sporting clubs as players or supporting committees. Hub officers also support and coordinate Sports Kit for All projects, in partnership with local community sport hubs and engage with schools to ensure young people who may otherwise struggle to access kit are provided with sports kit to use whilst participating in sport both in and out of school
Live Life Outdoors (LLO): LLO delivers high quality outdoor programmes and activity opportunities to participants of all ages and abilities across Aberdeenshire supporting mental health and wellbeing outcomes. The LLO Service offers outdoor activity such as Nordic and Alpine Ski, Climbing and Dr Bike at their facilities, Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre, Alford Ski Centre and Sir Arthur Grants residential centre.
The team regularly support schools, nurseries and youth organisations by bringing mobile activities including Zorbs, Climbing wall and bike track to schools or events and help facilitate sessions, and deliver activities to schools who visit Sir Arthur Grants centre on day or residential trips. The team also support the Active School holiday camps and other high profile events run by LLA or partners. In addition to delivery, the Live Life Outdoors team manages the Activities License, Approved Providers, Evolve, Health and Safety and inhouse training of outdoor activity across all Aberdeenshire Council Services.
Cultural: Aberdeenshire’s Museums Service, Libraries, Arts Development and Macduff Marine Aquarium form LLA’s Cultural Services. Collectively they deliver targeted programmes of work which recognise and celebrate the rich diversity, culture, heritage and natural environment of the North East. Some activities and opportunities are designed specifically to engage children and young people who would often not have the opportunity to take part in our services, providing both formal and informal opportunities and experiences to learn, be creative, expressive, entertained and have fun.