Activities For Additional Support Needs

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Ensuring that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy sport and leisure is important for any community; in the past 18 months Live Active Leisure has grown and developed a number of classes and coaching workshops across the area aimed at supporting and encouraging children with additional support needs to lead more active lives.

Phil Coleman, Sports Manager for the Company commented, “It is our promise to the communities we serve that we’ll make getting active easier for all, and in the past year and a half we have been working hard to grow our offer for children with additional support needs.

The result is an exciting and varied class programme across many LAL venues for children with additional support needsWe were fortunate to have Charlene Tait from Scottish Autism talk to our entire team at the annual staff development day in December 2017, and in the 18 months since then we have built on that learning through partnership work with Graeme Doig, Branch Coordinator at Perth & Kinross Disability Sport.

The result is an exciting and varied class programme across many LAL venues for including ‘exclusive use time’ at Perth Leisure Pool.”


Graeme Doig commented, “Sport and physical activity brings numerous benefits to people of all ages and abilities and developing these opportunities is important for everyone. Our recent work has included participation sessions and competitive events, together with an education calendar for training sport coaches and volunteers.

Combined, our aim is to ensure we can help participants become more active and healthy, and give them an opportunity to increase their sporting confidence. As well as this, we’re encouraging new skills, and providing an environment for meeting new people therefore helping to address social isolation issues.

We are excited to continue our relationship with Live Active and rolling out new projects around sessions, events and education in the coming year.”
Supported sessions are now available seven days a week throughout the Perth & Kinross area, with a combination of sports hall, outdoor cycling and pool based activities offering greater choice than ever before for participants aged 18 months to 16 years old.

Having a meaningful choice is important if we’re to nurture a life-long love of exercise and activity.Phil continued, “Having a meaningful choice is important if we’re to nurture a life-long love of exercise and activity, and we’re really pleased with the various options we can now offer to children and families with additional support needs.

From a fleet of thirteen all-ability bikes at the North Inch, to quiet times at Perth Leisure Pool, climbing wall sessions at Breadalbane, Wee Springers for pre-school kids at Bell’s Sport Centre, and superb Boccia classes in various localities, there are some fantastic opportunities for all ages.”

As well as classes, the Live Active Sport Team has been working with Perth Autism Support (PAS) to deliver training sessions for club coaches throughout Perth and Kinross. The session was organised following feedback from a Disability Inclusion Workshop last August, when participants requested support around coaching children with non-physical disabilities such as autism and other learning disabilities.

Fourteen coaches from sporting disciplines including swimming, football, archery, athletics and a fitness instructor, attended the workshop designed to raise awareness when coaching young people with autism.

Angie Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of PAS, commented, “We are delighted to support Live Active to develop their understanding of supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. At PAS we believe that all of our children and young people should have the same opportunities for social and leisure activities as their peers and through training delivery with partner agencies we are assured that young people have choice and meaningful inclusion and can have supported access to whatever their choice of leisure activity might be.”


Weekly programme across Perth City, Kinross, Strathearn, Blairgowrie and Highland Perthshire

Perth Leisure Pool Weekly Programme for Additional Support Needs

• Monday, 4pm - 6pm. 1-1 classes
• Tuesday, 5.15pm - 5.45pm. Group lessons
• Wednesday, 11am - 11.30am. Group lessons
• Saturday, 9am - 10am. Pool has exclusive use for ASN Adult/kids (carer goes free)
• Sunday, 5pm - 6pm. Pool has exclusive use for ASN Adult/kids (carer goes free)

Bell’s Sport Centre Weekly Programme for Additional Support Needs

• Tuesday, 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Boccia Class for all ages
• Wednesday, 5pm to 6pm. Boccia Class for all ages, although a special focus is given to children aged up to 16 who’d like to take part.
• Thursday, 10.30am – 11.30am. Aged 16+ with sessions supported by carers. Sports include football, basketball, table tennis and Boccia
• Thursday, 4pm – 6pm. No Limits for P1- S6 - mixed sport tailored to each individual’s needs.

All Ability Bikes based at Bell’s Sport Centre

A fleet of 16 all ability bikes are available. Individuals without carers who require assistance on a two person bike can book the support of a qualified instructor.

• Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm – Open bookings for all ages. Individuals, groups and care homes can book bikes with or without an instructor. Please note instructor must be booked in advance by calling Bell's Sports Centre. There is a small charge during the week for an hour hire. Prices vary depending on live active card/concession.

• Saturday, 10 am to 12 noon - Come and try sessions, with qualified instructors and volunteers. All ages, no need to book, free for all to participate.

Wee Springers at Bell’s Sports Centre

• Friday, 12.45pm. Wee Springers, 30 minute class for kids 1-3 yrs

Strathearn Community Campus

• 1 to 1 Swimming opportunities – please contact Strathearn Community Centre to book

Live Active Loch Leven

• 1 to 1 Swimming opportunities – please contact Live Active Loch Leven to bookBreadalbane Community Campus

Breadalbane Community Centre

• 1 to 1 Swimming opportunities – please contact Breadalbane Community Centre to book
• Tuesday 4pm – Additional Support needs climbing session. Next block due to start in October with the booking list now open.
• ASN Club Opportunities are also available at Breadalbane

Live Active Blairgowrie In Partnership with Perth Autism Support

Perth Autism Support sessions at Live Active Blairgowrie are funded through Perth & Kinross Leader Programme. Booking is done through PAS’s Outreach Co-ordinator, Anna Gordillo Ramos, who can be contacted on 01738 451081 or via email

• Thursday (term time only) 5pm - 6pm, multi-sports Sessions
• Thursday (term time only) 7pm – 7.30pm, swimming Sessions 

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