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Sporta enjoyed a successful Annual General Meeting on May 8th in Edinburgh. Guest speakers included Ed Smith and Scott Johnson and presentations were made by South Lanarkshire Leisure and High Life Highland. During the event, new executive members were elected. Steve Brailey will be the new representative for North East and Yorkshire region and Ian Morton for Central region. Other executive members remian the same. Members discussed planned campaigns and programmes for 2014/15 IN England, Wales and Scotland. Presentations from the AGM are available to view here (login required).


Across England, 13 leisure and cultural trusts have received a share of £627,000 of National Lottery funding via the Make Your Move programme. Delivered in partnership between Sporta and Sport England, the Make Your Move programme is getting much needed funding into the trusts. Brian Leonard, Sporta’s CEO said: “This Round 1 award of £627,000 from Sport England for the Make Your Move programme, demonstrates the level of enthusiasm from trusts to deliver community based projects to engage with inactive populations, and to sustain their participation. These projects will contribute valuable insight and learning to the programme over the coming years”. Among the leisure trusts to receive funding is SIV (Sheffield International Venues), part of the Sheffield City Trust, which has been awarded £92,279 for their Sheffield Outreach Project. Another project to benefit is Mines a Swim/Gym being delivered by Tempus Leisure. It has been awarded £39,828 to target inactive people aged 50 and over, in rurally deprived communities in Cornwall. 


Sporta's next AGM will be held in Edinburgh on 8th May 2014 at the Apex International Hotel. We are pleased to confirm that author, journalist and former cricketer Ed Smith will be speaking at the event.

Sporta are holding an interactive conference on 14th May 2014. 'Public Health and Commissioning for Leisure & Cultural Trusts' takes place at the Royal Overseas League in London and will provide a valuable learning opportunity for Sporta members interested in developing appropriate ways of engaging with the public health system. This conference will explore how leisure and cultural trusts can develop and build stronger relationships to engage effectively with public health services. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Obesity Awareness Week runs from 13th - 19th January. It is predicted that more than half of the UK population are heading for obesity by 2050 at a cost of almost £50 billion (Tackling Obesities: Future Choices, Foresight 2007). Sporta members are running a number of programmes aimed at tackling the problem of obesity and encouraging simple lifestyle changes. Read about what Active Nation, Bolton Middlebrook, Tees Valley Leisure and other trusts are doing here.

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