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Access to Leisure Scheme

What is Access to Leisure (A2L) ?

Making sport, leisure and childcare services available to everyone is at the core of the Access to Leisure scheme which is available to residents of Aberdeen City that meet one of the conditions outlined below.

Access to Leisure offers free swimming, up to a 50% discount on most sporting and leisure activities offered by Sport Aberdeen, including golf, and at the new Sports Village. There are also significant savings on Sport Aberdeen membership and Sport Aberdeen golf membership. Furthermore, with Access to Leisure, you are entitled to half price childcare, crèche facilities, playgroups, afterschool and holiday clubs offered by Aberdeen City Council.

 

3 months Access to Leisure membership is awarded if you are in receipt of:

    • Contribution based Job Seeker Allowance
    • Income based Job Seeker Allowance

 6 months Access to Leisure membership is awarded if you are in receipt of:

  • Short term Incapacity Benefit

 1 year Access to Leisure membership is awarded if you are in receipt of:

    • Asylum Seeker *
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Bereavement Allowance
    • Carers Allowance *
    • Council Tax Benefits *
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Employment and Support Allowance
    • Guardians Allowance *
    • Impaired Hearing/ Visually Impaired
    • Home Education *
    • Housing Benefit *
    • Long Term Incapacity Benefit *
    • Income Support *
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Income Base Job Seeker Allowance *
    • Learning Disability
    • Physical Disability
    • Severe Disablement Allowance *
    • Widowed Parents Allowance *
    • Working Tax Credit *

* Receipt of any of these benefits may entitle you to Family Membership which allows your spouse/partner and/or children to also have Access to Leisure Membership. Current proof of entitlement MUST be provided.  PLEASE NOTE: Documentary evidence shown must be current award or recent letter.

 

Lifetime membership is awarded if:

    • You are 60 years of age (and over)

 

How to apply for Access to Leisure?

If you are a resident of Aberdeen City and already have an Accord Card

Access to Leisure is carried on your Accord/National Entitlement Card. If you already have an Accord Card you can join the scheme and have your Access to Leisure membership added to your card at one of the following sites:

    • Customer Service Centre, Marischal College
    • Woodside Access Point
    • Mastrick Access Point
    • Kincorth Access Point
    • Central Library and any of the branch and community libraries

The membership is available on your Accord Card immediately after it was added and you need to bring the following documents when applying to have Access to Leisure added to your Card:

    • Your Accord Card
    • Proof of residency (this can be a recent utility or telephone bill not older than 3 months)
    • Proof of eligibility for Access to Leisure e.g. a benefit award letter

 If you are a resident of Aberdeen City but have not yet an Accord Card

If you would like to join the scheme but have not yet an Accord Card, you can apply for your Accord Card and Access to Leisure membership at one of the following locations. Please note that you must apply in person and that the person in receipt of the benefit, allowance or eligibility criteria must complete the application form as the main cardholder.

    • Customer Service Centre, Marischal College
    • Woodside Access Point
    • Mastrick Access Point
    • Kincorth Access Point
    • Central Library and any of the branch and community libraries (please note that libraries cannot accept application forms for young people aged 11 -26 years of age)

To apply for your Accord Card and Access to Leisure membership please bring the following documents with you:

    • A current, colour passport photograph (please note , if you apply for Family Membership we require a photograph for each member of the family).
    • Proof of residency such as a telephone or utility bill no older than 3 months.
    • Proof of your eligibility for Access to Leisure e.g. your current benefit award letter .

      Children under the age of 11 years will receive a Kidz Card and no photo is necessary for this card.

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Where can I use Access to Leisure (A2L) on my Accord Card?

Sport Aberdeen - Free swimming and up to 50% discount on most sporting and leisure activities inclusive golf. To find out more about prices and venues visit Sport Aberdeen Pricelist.

Aberdeen Sports Village - offers concessionary rates on all activities and memberships forAccord CArd holders that qualify for A2L.See the Aberdeen Sports Village Pricelist for details.

Childcare - with A2L you also can get half price child care inclusive creche facilities, playgroups as well as afterschool and holiday clubs organised by Aberdeen City Council. Visit the Aberdeen City Council Cildcare Services website to find out what facilities are available for your child and in your area.