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As part of measures to mark the tenth year as the national association of sport, leisure and cultural trusts, Sporta will be holding its first awards ceremony on 11th May 2016. The awards are designed to commemorate and champion the distinctive elements of what trusts do, and shine a light on the outstanding achievements throughout the year 2015. Covering three broad areas, the ten award categories include: successfully engaging inactive people; working with public health; benefitting local communities; and highlighting fantastic individual contributions within each organisation.

Full information about the awards can be found here. It is hoped all members will have the opportunity to showcase areas of their ongoing work, and Sporta will ensure to promote such achievements as part of the wider publicity campaign for the trust model. Please submit all applications, as well as any relevant questions, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 29th February 2016.

Sporta held the first meeting of the recently established working group of single site operators in Leeds last Wednesday 11th November. Well attended by members of the group from across the country, the event provoked healthy discussion on the topics of staff management, funding, trust development and energy, and was followed by the kind offer of a tour of Bramley Baths by Tracy Basu.
Slides from the day can be seen here (login required), with the next meeting scheduled for early 2016. For more information, or any questions about the group please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sporta will be holding a discussion based Public Health opportunities conference for members on Thursday 10th December 2015 in London. The full day event will include a balance of member led discussions and expert external speakers including Beelin Baxter, senior policy officer of physical activity at the Department of Health, and Nick Cavill who consults for Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and more. Topics include: DofH challenges to and opportunities for members, pilot scoping of mass data collection and the opportunities from your database management systems and software.

We would be delighted if you could join us to hopefully create an energised, positive and productive day. Places are available at a cost recovery charge of £40 per person. For more information, or to book your place, please contact Cate Gillingwater at categillingwater.sporta.org. Full agenda for the day can be found here

£2million funding boost for local communities to help get women, older people and inactive groups into sport. Areas benefitting from the scheme include: Tadcaster, Newcastle, south Dorset, Exeter, Northampton, County Durham, Lincolnshire, Stockton on Tees, Test Valley, Sheffield, Tandridge, Ashford, Newham, South Downs, Dover and Northumberland.

Older people, women, and inactive groups in England are set to benefit from thousands of pounds in funding to help them become more involved in sport.  Sport England has teamed up with sporta, whose members manage 40 per cent of community sports, leisure and culture facilities in the UK, to allocate £430,889 of National Lottery money to 17 local projects.  This means the cash will reach grassroots leisure trusts operating at the heart of communities, to help them deliver creative projects to engage inactive people in sport. For further information, please see here.

Sporta enjoyed a successful GM on September 22nd at the NEC in Birmingham. Guest speakers included Nick Caplin from the ASA and Charles Johnston from Sport England. Presentations were made by LiveWire Warrington and West Lothian Leisure. A summary of the presentations are available to view here (login required).

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