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Congratulations to Sporta member Gravesham Community Leisure Limited (GCLL), winners of the YMCA Employer of the Year award in the category of small to medium business. The award was presented to Managing Director Rob Swain and Head of HR Helen Lake at the House of Commons in the presence of the MPs, business leaders, learners and supporters from across the UK. Rob Swain said – “We are thrilled to win such a fantastic, national award but our ethos as a company is to provide a platform for staff members to break out further into the industry using the skills and qualifications gained whilst employed at GCLL and to help provide the next generation of leisure industry professionals”.

Sporta would like to thank the large number of members who took the time to complete applications for the Sporta Awards in May. The high volume of submissions encompass the quality, diversity and innovation of trusts’ achievements over the last year. Shortlisting of the applicants is now underway, and is expected to be completed by the end of March by the esteemed selection of independent sector representatives. The panel is comprised of: Prof. Ken Fox (Bristol University), Mark Allman (Leeds City Council / cCLOA), Lee Mason (CSPN), Simon Hughes (Badminton England) and Steve Elway (Ex. Aspire Sport & Cultural Trust). The winners of each award will be announced on 11th May at the event in Bournemouth Pavilion, hosted by acclaimed BBC sports presenter Garry Richardson. Booking forms for the awards dinner, as well as the Sporta AGM and associated workshops will be released in line with the announcement of shortlisted applicants. Please see the updated Awards section on the Sporta website for more details, and for any further information do not hesitate to 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 9th February 2016. The venue for the meeting is confirmed as Sheffield City Hall. The focus of the GM will be trust presentations in the morning focusing on business development and diversification; and the afternoon with a core focus through member's' discussions on the trust development programme that Sporta are progressing with. Booking forms will be circulated shortly.

Sporta enjoyed a successful GM on 9th February at Sheffield City Hall. The morning session heard several trust presentations including Gerry Campbell form South Lanarkshire Leisure, Matt Goode from BH Live and Rob Whitehouse from Slough Community Leisure. The afternoon session discussed the trust development programme, focussing on the challenges of contract renewal and included a presentation by Shaun Jamieson from Eversheds. Presentations from the GM are now available here (login required).

As part of LiveWire Warrington's, 'Inclusive Fitness' project delivered with Make Your Move funding and the English Federation of Disability Sport, they have organised a very sought after course and the offer is out to member trusts to join them. These courses do not run that frequently (particularly outside London) and are essential for any sites looking to undertaken IFI accreditation.

Level 2 Award in Programming and Supervising Exercise with Disabled clients
The CYQ Exercise and Disability qualification was developed as part of the EFDS Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) and provides instructors with the confidence and expertise to address these barriers and deliver safe, effective and fun exercise programmes for a range of people with disabilities, including Down's syndrome, Asperger's syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, limbless/amputation-related disability and visual and hearing impairments.

The programme is open to qualified level 2 instructors and consists of 2 days intensive training followed by assessment approximately 4 weeks later. There is a mandatory requirement that the candidate prepares for the assessment by developing a programme with a disabled client and brings that disabled person along with them on the day of the assessment. The assessment consists of a viva based on the written, planned programme with the instructor, the assessor and the disabled client and the completion of three detailed worksheets.

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February 2016, 9-5pm. With the assessment being on Tuesday 22nd March. The cost per place is £325.

Venue Address – Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, Orford, Warrington, WA2 8HE.

For enquiries or to book a place, please contact Rebecca Worswick on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01925 624996.

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