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After a successful and engaging first event in Bournemouth last year, Sporta is to hold its second awards ceremony in 2017. Held at the historic Ballroom at Sheffield City Hall, the event will take place alongside the Sporta AGM on Wednesday 17th May. The ceremony will again showcase the achievements of leisure and culture trusts, and the positive contribution made by Sporta members to the health and wellbeing of local communites throughout the UK. Over 12 categories, the awards aim to highlight the broad range of capabilties and innovative projects provided by trusts, giving all members the opportunity to highlight one or more areas of their organisation's work. They include recognition for: Engaging Inactive People, Successful Partnerships, Social Enteprise Improvement and Workforce Development. Applications for the awards are now open, with the deadline for all entries being 5.00pm on Friday  3rd March 2017. Sporta will again promote all entries as part of wider efforts to champion the trust model. Full details can be found at the awards section of the Sporta website. If you have any enquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sporta's next General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at The Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. Further details to follow soon.

Two Sporta member trusts have been announced as recipients of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) by the Arts Council England (ACE), and will receive funding to deliver arts and cultural initiatives over the period 2018-22.

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, based in East Lincolnshire, secured another round of funding for their annual ‘SO’ Festival. Delivered jointly with East Lindsey District Council and others, the festival brings high quality art and entertainment to residents and visitors in areas of low cultural engagement across the region.

Additionally, Mytime Active’s ‘Arts Train’ initiative was funded as an NPO for the first time. ‘Arts Train’, a music education project with young people at its core, was developed by the trust to bring creative music making opportunities in the southeast and outer London to young people who might otherwise experience the arts. The project has made a genuine impact on young people’s lives and has transformed the cultural landscape of music within South East London.

Considered leaders in their areas, NPOs are entrusted with a collective responsibility to protect and develop the national arts and cultural ecology. The inclusion of NPDO social enterprises in this funding displays the diversity and high quality of the services Sporta member trusts continue to provide, and the importance of the role they play in engaging people in the most need through cultural projects alongside sport and leisure.

Two leisure and culture trusts have been chosen as shortlisted entrants for the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards 2017, the UK’s premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing.

LiveWire Warrington CIC have been selected as one of three finalists in the ‘Healthier Lifestyle’ category for their ‘Fit to Tackle’ programme. In partnership with the Warrington Wolves Foundation, the highly successful programme offers free beginners weight loss sessions for men and women, boasting accumulative weight loss of participants of over 500 stone over the last two and a half years.

In the ‘Community Health Development’ category, Mytime Active are recognised for their role in ‘Active Local Links’, a programme aiming to train parents and volunteers to provide information and signposting for other parents on activities that promote increased levels of physical activity and healthy lifestyles across London.

The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health. The success of Sporta members in being chosen as finalists shows the important role community NDPO leisure and culture trusts play in delivering the Public Health agenda.

The winners will be announced at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.

Sporta enjoyed a successful AGM on May 17th in Sheffield, where discussions were held with senior representatives from sector organisations across the UK. Notable guests included Andy Reed OBE, Rt Hon Richard Caborn and Angela Hardman. During the event, Stuart Lockwood from Oldham Community Leisure was elected to replace Peter Gunn as Sporta Chair.  Presentations from the AGM are available to view here (please login first to view this page)

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