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.
Sporta held it's first Public Health Conference on 14th May in London. More than 40 trusts were in attendance to discuss the role of leisure and cultural trusts in commissioning for public health. Speakers on the day included Dr Justin Varney, Dr Andrew Howe, Elaine McNish and Dr William Bird. The event, chaired by Dr Cindy Brook, included workshops which explored Mental Health and Wellbeing, Dementia and Physical Activity. The conference provided a great opportunity to consider how leisure trusts can develop and engage effectively with Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups and directors of public health. View posters from the conference here
Sporta enjoyed a successful Annual General Meeting on May 8th in Edinburgh. Guest speakers included Ed Smith and Scott Johnson and presentations were made by South Lanarkshire Leisure and High Life Highland. During the event, new executive members were elected. Steve Brailey will be the new representative for North East and Yorkshire region and Ian Morton for Central region. Other executive members remian the same. Members discussed planned campaigns and programmes for 2014/15 IN England, Wales and Scotland. Presentations from the AGM are available to view here (login required).
Across England, 13 leisure and cultural trusts have received a share of £627,000 of National Lottery funding via the Make Your Move programme. Delivered in partnership between Sporta and Sport England, the Make Your Move programme is getting much needed funding into the trusts. Brian Leonard, Sporta’s CEO said: “This Round 1 award of £627,000 from Sport England for the Make Your Move programme, demonstrates the level of enthusiasm from trusts to deliver community based projects to engage with inactive populations, and to sustain their participation. These projects will contribute valuable insight and learning to the programme over the coming years”. Among the leisure trusts to receive funding is SIV (Sheffield International Venues), part of the Sheffield City Trust, which has been awarded £92,279 for their Sheffield Outreach Project. Another project to benefit is Mines a Swim/Gym being delivered by Tempus Leisure. It has been awarded £39,828 to target inactive people aged 50 and over, in rurally deprived communities in Cornwall.