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.
Member News: Highlife Highland's Role in Unique Nuclear Archive
A unique new archive, funded and owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), opened on the 14th February and brings together historical nuclear records from all over the UK together with the local, Highland Council Caithness Archives. The brand new facility located in the Caithness town of Wick is known as ‘Nucleus’ and is the result of a partnership between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Restore and High Life Highland (HLH). Located near Dounreay, one the UK’s earliest nuclear research sites, Nucleus will have a dual role: as well as housing nuclear records, the facility will contain a collection of local Caithness records. Ian Murray, Chief Executive of High Life Highland said, “There has been a huge amount of investment in Caithness with Nucleus being one of three major developments opening within months of each other. The expanded and refurbished leisure centre in Thurso opened in January and a brand new school and community facility also in Wick is due to open next month. Nucleus will be open to the public during normal office hours and documents can be accessed and examined in the public search rooms. “I am sure the members of the public who use the new facilities at Nucleus will be blown away by the new archive facilities which are now available to the communities throughout the Highlands". Nucleus will employ a staff of approximately 20 with HLH operating the front of house for the whole site.
Member News: Jubilee Hall Trust Retains Parliamentary Gym Contract
Sporta Member Jubilee Hall Trust has announced that they have been awarded a new contract to manage the Westminster Gym in the Houses of Parliament. Jubilee Hall Trust have been delivering the existing gym and wellbeing service contract since 1999. In that time, Jubilee Hall Trust has grown gym membership, increased the range and quality of services and received excellent feedback. In the last user survey, 100% of gym members said that the staff service was good or excellent. Jubilee Hall Chief Executive, Phil Rumbelow said: "We are very pleased that the Parliamentary Authority has seen fit to offer us a renewal of our contract. We are a small operator in a highly competitive central London market, and we know that they had many other organisations bidding for this prestigious opportunity. We have always believed passionately in the important need for the two Houses’ Members, Peers and employees to have a facility for physical activity and a service for wellbeing, and our exceptional staff team have been delivering this to a very high standard for some time."
Applications for the 2017 Sporta Awards are now open