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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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