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Sporta's next General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st September at the NEC, Birmingham. Booking forms for the meeting and a draft agenda have been circulated to members. Further details will follow.

The Nantwich Outdoor Brine swimming pool has been recognised as a centre of excellence by Trip Advisor. The unique facility, which is operated by Everybody Sport and Recreation in Cheshire East, is a very popular venue with local families and athletes alike. This prestigious award follows previous accolades for the pool including it being named as one of The Telegraph's Best Outdoor Pools in 2014.The venue is open throughout the summer until October. For further information please see

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..

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 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).

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