Venues available for hire

Booking of Outdoor Venues

Scottish Government guidance now allows for wider participation in outdoor sport. Children and young people under 18 may participate in organised outdoor contact sport, provided that guidance from the Scottish Governing Body for that sport is followed. Adult outdoor contact sports training and competition can also now resume, within an organised setting. Outdoor group coaching for organised sports and leisure activities can take place for a maximum of 30 people at any one time. The latest guidance on outdoor sport is summarised on the Sport Scotland website. In line with this guidance, from 26 October, Aberdeen City Council will be recommencing some outdoor lets. These bookings will be limited to outdoor venues, and for organised sports clubs only. 

In order to make a successful booking, sports clubs will be required first to register for an account on the Council’s online booking system, and to submit evidence of their affiliation with the appropriate national governing body of sport (such as a copy of an affiliation certificate or email confirming the club’s membership), along with a copy of their club constitution, and evidence that the club holds valid public liability insurance. This is to ensure that the facility to be hired will be used only for “organised sporting activity”, as per the national guidance, and that the requirements for safe participation in sport, including the expectation that clubs will appoint a Covid officer for example, will be fully complied with. 

Please see the list below for the outdoor venues which can be booked*, and the days and times that they will be available.  

*Please note that the hiring of 3G artificial pitches at Cults Academy, Dyce Academy, Lochside Academy and Northfield Academy is managed by Sport Aberdeen and not Aberdeen City Council. Sport Aberdeen are making arrangements for these facilities to be reopened for sports clubs to hire, and details of planned reopening dates and booking arrangements will be available from the Sport Aberdeen website.

Venue Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
HARLAW ROAD PLAYING FIELD  
10 Small grass pitches, no floodlights 

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available

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available

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available

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available

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available

09.00-16.00

Not

available

MILE END SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch + floodlights
18.00-22.00 18-00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 09.00-22.00 09.00-22.00
RUBISLAW PLAYING FIELD  
4 Small grass pitches, no floodlights 
5 Large grass pitches + floodlights 
1 Large artificial pitch, no floodlights 
18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00
BRIDGE OF DON ACADEMY 

1 Large grass pitch, no floodlights 

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available

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available

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available

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available

Not

available

09.00-16.00

Not

available

BRAEHEAD SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights 

Not

available

Not

available

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available

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available

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available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00
BUCKSBURN ACADEMY  
1 Large grass pitch, no floodlights 
1 Large artificial pitch + floodlights
18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00

18.00-22.00

09.00-22.00

09.00-22.00

BRIMMOND SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights 

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available

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available

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available

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available

Not

available

09.00-13.00

Not

available

STONEYWOOD SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights 

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available

Not

available

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available

Not

available

Not

available

09.00-13.00

Not

available

HARLAW PLAYFIELD (GROATS RD) 
2 Small grass pitches, no floodlights 

1 Large grass pitches, no floodlights

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available

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00
KAIMHILL SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights

Not

available

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available

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available

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available

Not

available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00
HAZLEHEAD ACADEMY 
1 Small artificial pitch, + floodlights 
18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-20.00

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

AIRYHALL SCHOOL 
1 Artificial pitch, no floodlights

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

09.00-16.00

09.00-16.00
HAZLEHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights

Not

available

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available

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available

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available

Not

available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00
HEATHRYBURN SCHOOL  
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights

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available

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available

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available

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available

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available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00
MANOR PARK SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights 

Not

available

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available

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available

Not

available

Not

available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00
OLDMACHAR ACADEMY 
1 Small artificial pitch + floodlights 
2 Large grass pitches, no floodlights  
18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00

Not

available

Not

available

ST MACHAR ACADEMY 
2 Large grass pitches, no floodlights    
1 Small artificial pitch + floodlights
18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00 18.00-22.00

Not

available

Not

available

09.00-14.30
SEATON SCHOOL 
1 Small artificial pitch, no floodlights

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

Not

available

09.00-16.00 09.00-16.00

Any hires will be restricted to the use of the outdoor pitches only at these sites, with no access permitted to changing rooms or toilets or any other part of a school or pavilion, in order to ensure we are adhering to the guidance on limiting public access to school buildings. Clubs are therefore asked to take this into account when making bookings, especially where participants are younger children, given that they will not have access to a toilet for the duration of the session. The length of the session should therefore be kept to a minimum, to avoid participants having to wait too long before being able to use a toilet. 

The reinstatement of outdoor lets will continue to remain under review, and in line with any updates to national guidance on outdoor sports and/or access to school facilities, the above arrangements may require to be changed or suspended at short notice. 

Charges
Charging Information 

Outdoor Space Hourly Rates (£) 
Category Name Standard Rate Community Reduced Rate* Community Concession Rate* Notes
Small Grass Pitch

35.04

17.52 8.77
Grass pitches or outdoor spaces covering an area up to 3500m2 (eg. 5, 7 or 9 a-side pitch). 3 hour minimum hire for cricket matches (Duthie Park
Large Grass Pitch 47.57 23.78 11.89 Grass pitches or outdoor spaces covering an area of more than 3500m2 (eg. 11 a-side pitch). 3 hour minimum hire for cricket matches  
Small Artificial Pitch 75.10 37.55 18.77 Outdoor facility with an all-weather surface covering an area up to 3500m2 (eg. Multi-Use Games Area) 
Large Artificial Pitch 100.13 50.07 25.03 Outdoor facility with an all-weather surface covering an area of more than 3500m2 (eg. full size 3G pitch) 

 *The Community Reduced Rate and Community Concession Rate apply only to the hire of selected spaces by not-for-profit groups providing activities likely to contribute to the Council’s Local Improvement Plan outcomes. The Standard Rate will apply to all other hires. 

Groups eligible for concession: children under 16, students, over 60s, disability groups, Access to Leisure members. All  participants (excluding any group leaders) must be eligible for a concession in order for the discount to apply. 

Sports clubs with ClubSport membership are entitled to a further 10% discount (Clubsport Level 1) or 20% discount (ClubSport Level 2) on the rates shown, for the hire of spaces in schools and community learning centres. 
Customers will be asked to provide appropriate evidence to demonstrate that they are eligible for a reduced rate or concession rate prior to the booking being confirmed. 

 

Bookings will be taken online only via the Aberdeen City Council website from 9am Monday 19th October.
 

Customers are requested to register ahead of the booking window opening via the online booking system. Once registered you will receive an email instructing you to upload any relevant documents into ‘Your documents' section. Please submit evidence of your club’s affiliation with the appropriate national governing body of sport (such as a copy of an affiliation certificate or email confirming the club’s membership), along with a copy of your club constitution, and evidence that the club holds valid public liability insurance. This is to ensure that the facility to be hired will be used only for “organised sporting activity”, as per the national guidance. 
 

The following documents are required to be submitted, in order to demonstrate that the sports club is properly constituted and affiliated to a national sporting governing body: 

  • A copy of an affiliation certificate, or email confirming the club’s membership of a national sporting governing body (which includes the club’s membership reference number or similar) 
  • A copy of the club’s Constitution 
  • A copy of the club’s valid public liability insurance certificate 
     

Bookings will open from Monday 19th October 2020. Bookings require to be made in advance, and payment is required to be made online at least 7 days before the booking takes place. Therefore, the earliest date that an outdoor venue can be booked for is Monday 26 October,  
 

At this time we are continuing to adhere to Government advice and will not be reinstating indoor lets. A further update will be provided at the end of November. 
 

Yes, refunds will be issued and usually take 3-5days to go back onto the original payment method. For operational reasons ACC reserves the right to cancel any provisional or confirmed bookings, or to make changes to bookings without notice, where required. Where bookings are cancelled by ACC and where payments for these bookings have already been made, customers will be refunded the full amount paid, regardless of when the cancellation is made.  
 

You will be able to request cancellations of bookings and provided you provide notice of cancellation within 7 days you will be entitled to a refund.  

Further information and the venue hire terms and conditions can be found here

Options to pay in advance for each session will be available for those groups making block bookings.  
 

Before submitting a hire request, you will create a profile for yourself/the group/organisation you represent. As part of your profile creation you can upload relevant documents that can be applied against all bookings. Once you create your profile, a member of the team will apply the correct charging category against your hires.   
 


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