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.
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.
Sporta Members Survey released
The 2017 Sporta 'Trusts in Numbers' survey is now available for members to complete. Completed annually, the survey is vitally important to gather and maintain an updated picutre of the leisure and culture trust sector. For ease, the survey has been broken down into two parts: a very short summary questionnaire, and a broader survey which captures some headline details about your organisation.
**SPORTA GM - VENUE CHANGE**
Due to circumstances beyond our control the venue for the next Sporta GM has changed. The Hilton Edinburgh Carlton will now be the meeting space for the General Meeting on the 19th September. Booking forms and agendas will be issued shortly.