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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." 

Sporta's next General Meeting will take place in London on Wednesday 8th February 2017. The venue for the meeting is confirmed as the Royal Over-Seas League.

Topics will include a focus on current policy development including a discussion with Andy Burnham MP and with Sport England as well as discussion of Sporta's plans for 2017/18.

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 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.
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.

Members, guests and friends of Sporta gathered this week in Birmingham for the Sporta Health Conference.
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.

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