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Sporta is the national association of leisure and cultural trusts. Sporta members operate a wide range of leisure and cultural services in communities across the UK - from the Shetland Isles to Cornwall and from the Western Highlands to Kent. Together they provide 30% of public leisure centres in the UK – with over 1600 facilities, they have a combined turnover of more than £1billion and they employ around 50,000 staff.

Sporta is governed by an Executive of ten Chief Executives or Managing Directors and holds three General Member meetings each year. With two small offices – in London and Edinburgh - we provide policy intelligence, business services and trust development support for our members. Most of our work is done through networks and groups of members.

Sporta membership is open to non-profit distributing organisations, primarily but not exclusively those that manage cultural and leisure facilities.

Latest News

  • Next Sporta GM

    The next Sporta General Meeting will be on Tuesday 15th May 2018. The meeting will be held at The Friend's Meeting House, Manchester. We hope you can join us in May. Booking forms and agendas will be sent to members in due course.

  • Sporta Announces New Chief Executive

    Sporta are delighted to announce that Cate Atwater has been appointed the new Chief Executive, taking over from Brian Leonard on 1st January 2018. Cate joined Sporta in 2013 to lead and manage the Sport England funded 'Make Your Move' prgramme, then becoming Programmes and Operations Director.  Responding to the appointment Cate said: "I am delighted to have been appointed to become CEO at Sporta. The last four years has enabled me to meet many of our members across the UK and help establish the policies, partnerships and networks which are so vital to the association's and members success."

  • Sporta Scotland Trusts respond to recommendations of the Barclay Report

    Following the publication of the Barclay Report, Sporta Scotland have expressed their concern over its recommendation that charitable trusts managing sport, leisure and cultural services on behalf of councils should no longer receive non-domestic rates relief. 
    The recommendations, if approved, would have major implications for the future of trusts/ALEOs in Scotland. Trusts have voiced their disappointment that they were not directly engaged prior to the report’s publication, thus leading to some misrepresentation of the role and purpose of such organisations.
    After consideration by the Executive, a statement was distributed to the Scottish media on 23rd August, which was published to varying degrees throughout daily newspapers, online and in television news reports.
    Please see the full statement from Robin Strang, Chairman of Sporta Scotland here.
    If you have any view or comments about the report, please contact Sporta.


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