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.
Make Your Move Final Conference
Sporta members, partners and friends came together on 6th December for the final conference of the Make Your Move programme. The event was held at Sheffield City Hall, one of a number of venues managed by Sporta member Sheffield City Trust. Over three years, the Sport England lottery funded programme has supported 46 projects across England, helping to engage inactive communities in physical activity. The programme has attracted over 24,000 participants, with over 90% of respondents maintaining activity levels six months after intervention.
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The day focussed on three main themes - understanding participants, effective partnerships, and the trust model – which compliment some of the overall themes to emerge from the programme. Discussion groups and workshops were held, giving attendees the chance to interact and share experiences.
Next Sporta GM - February 2017
Please take note of the date and venue for Sporta's next General Meeting which will take place on Wednesday 8th February at the Royal Overseas League in London.
As requested at the GM in Birmingham, Sporta will be seeking a headline speaker for the meeting. We will also be organising a meeting of one of the Business Development Groups - details tbc. Further details and an agenda will follow.
Sporta Health Conference and GM, Birmingham, September 2016
Members, guests and friends of Sporta gathered this week in Birmingham for the Sporta Health Conference.
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Held at Leisure Industry Week, the educational event featured presentations from Public Health
England into the challenges being faced in terms of obesity and inactivity, insight from The
Richmond Group and Britain Thinks about engaging older adults with long term conditions, and the
ASA about their successful dementia friendly swimming programme. There were also a number of
examples from Sporta trusts who shared learning on a wide range of innovative programmes and
initiatives delivering health services.