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£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 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 Full agenda for the day can be found here

 Sporta's next General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 22nd September at Leisure Industry Week at the NEC, Birmingham. Booking forms for the meeting and associated events have been circulated to members, agenda to follow.

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).

Sporta has agreed a one-year arrangement with Charity Bank under which Sporta trusts can take finance on discounted terms. Charity Bank exists to lend to charities, social enterprises and organisations with charitable goals.

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