Who are Live Borders?

Live Borders is a newly created charity representing the integration of the former Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT) and Cultural Services which transferred out of the local authority (Scottish Borders Council) on 1st April 2016. This integration doubled the size of the previous organisations both financially and in terms of our people.

BSLT was originally formed in 2003 to manage sports facilities transferred from the Local Authority. The integration of Cultural Services and the creation of Live Borders has represented a huge change in the organisation.

Live Borders is a registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee which also operates as a trading subsidiary.

Live Borders is governed by a Board of 15 Trustees. The “contract” with the Council is set out in a Services Provision Agreement.

Aims and Values

At the heart of Live Borders is a commitment to improve lives through physical activity, sport and culture.

In this aim, we are driven by our Mission Statement:

“To be a successful, sustainable business providing quality opportunities that inspire people by participating in physical activity sport and culture.”

Our Values underpin all that we do:

  • Enjoy: We look forward to coming to work every day to deliver the best service to all our customers
  • Innovate: We are forward-thinking in all we do and continually look for ways to progress and improve
  • Inspire: We have energy, desire and determination to inspire everyone to take part in physical activity, sport and culture
  • Unite: We work together as colleagues, partner agencies and customers

Key Information

Live Borders mainly delivers services on behalf of Scottish Borders Council, for which a management fee is paid. We also operate a separate, flagship gym facility in partnership with Heriot Watt University and Borders College in Galashiels, called TriFitness.

Key Statistics

Headcount: 525 (295 former BSLT, 230 former SBC)

2016/17 Revenue budget - £11.2 M

Live Borders Property

All our properties are leased from Scottish Borders Council, with the exception of our HQ building which we owned.

Sport properties are managed in house. WAM is used to monitor and plan work, including statutory compliance and planned preventative maintenance.


6 x swimming pools
1 x outdoor sports centre (*including running track gym, studio and pitches)
4 x 3G arenas, 2G & 3 G pitches
1 x Tennis Centre
3 x Sports halls


Leased from private landlord

Culture properties are managed by Scottish Borders Council through Service Level Agreement.



5 + 1 "Library HQ" office, garage and storage


12 + 1 office shared premises



Community Centres


Cinema/Cafe/Business Units