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.
There are over 100 Sporta trusts HQs around the UK. Find your nearest one.
'Your Time To Move' is a multi-sport and activity programme by @YourLeisureKent focussed on engaging physically inactive men 30+ in Dover
£2million funding boost for local communities to help get women, older people and inactive groups into sport. Areas benefitting from the scheme include: Tadcaster, Newcastle, south Dorset, Exeter, Northampton, County Durham, Lincolnshire, Stockton on Tees, Test Valley, Sheffield, Tandridge, Ashford, Newham, South Downs, Dover and Northumberland.
Older people, women, and inactive groups in England are set to benefit from thousands of pounds in funding to help them become more involved in sport. Sport England has teamed up with sporta, whose members manage 40 per cent of community sports, leisure and culture facilities in the UK, to allocate £430,889 of National Lottery money to 17 local projects. This means the cash will reach grassroots leisure trusts operating at the heart of communities, to help them deliver creative projects to engage inactive people in sport. For further information, please see here.
Sporta enjoyed a successful GM on September 22nd at the NEC in Birmingham. Guest speakers included Nick Caplin from the ASA and Charles Johnston from Sport England. Presentations were made by LiveWire Warrington and West Lothian Leisure. A summary of the presentations are available to view here (login required).
Sporta has agreed a one-year arrangement with Charity Bank under which Sporta trusts can take finance on discounted terms. Charity Bank exists to lend to charities, social enterprises and organisations with charitable goals.