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Congratulations to Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life and Glasgow 2014 board member, who has received a CBE for services to culture in this year's honours list. 

Sporta are delighted to welcome four new members; Everybody Sport & Recreation, Sandford Parks Lido, Stantonbury Arts & Leisure and Vivacity Culture & Leisure.

Sporta's next General Meeting will be held at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham on 1st October 2014. Hannah White and Tara Dillon will be guest speakers at the morning session. Further information about the full programme will be available soon.

 

Our October GM featured Hannah White on adventuring, Livewire on Warrington's Rugby League World Cup, Tara Dillon on the new CIMSPA and Members discussing the current campaigns and challenges.

At our GM on 1 October Hannah White talked about her life as an adventurer​ and her mission to inspire people to enjoy sport and physical activity. Keith Maddock from Warrington Livewire told the story and showed a video about how Warrington hosted the Rugby League World Cup 2013, and Tara Dillon spoke emphatically and passionately about how CIMSPA could at last be the Chartered Institute we can all be proud of, if members can join up. After lunch Members had reports from David Ferguson and Sir John Elvidge on the current Scottish campaign and how post-referendum Scotland is going to affect the rest of the UK; we finished with discussions on the next phases of Sporta's programmes for procurement and development (including asset transfer, charitable funding) and public health.

 

Sporta held it's first Public Health Conference on 14th May in London. More than 40 trusts were in attendance to discuss the role of leisure and cultural trusts in commissioning for public health. Speakers on the day included Dr Justin Varney, Dr Andrew Howe, Elaine McNish and Dr William Bird. The event, chaired by Dr Cindy Brook, included workshops which explored Mental Health and Wellbeing, Dementia and Physical Activity. The conference provided a great opportunity to consider how leisure trusts can develop and engage effectively with Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups and directors of public health. View posters from the conference here 

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