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Hosted by BBC Sports presenter Andrew Cotter, the 2017 Sporta Awards were held on 17th May at Sheffield City Hall where the achievements of Sporta Trusts were celebrated. At the ceremony sport, leisure and culture trusts from across the UK came together to celebrate a year in which trusts have become more central to the health and wellbeing of communities across the country. For full details of the event, including a list of winners, please click here

A unique new archive, funded and owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), opened on the 14th February and brings together historical nuclear records from all over the UK together with the local, Highland Council Caithness Archives. The brand new facility located in the Caithness town of Wick is known as ‘Nucleus’ and is the result of a partnership between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Restore and High Life Highland (HLH). Located near Dounreay, one the UK’s earliest nuclear research sites, Nucleus will have a dual role: as well as housing nuclear records, the facility will contain a collection of local Caithness records. Ian Murray, Chief Executive of High Life Highland said, “There has been a huge amount of investment in Caithness with Nucleus being one of three major developments opening within months of each other. The expanded and refurbished leisure centre in Thurso opened in January and a brand new school and community facility also in Wick is due to open next month. Nucleus will be open to the public during normal office hours and documents can be accessed and examined in the public search rooms. “I am sure the members of the public who use the new facilities at Nucleus will be blown away by the new archive facilities which are now available to the communities throughout the Highlands". Nucleus will employ a staff of approximately 20 with HLH operating the front of house for the whole site.

Sporta's next General Meeting will take place in London on Wednesday 8th February 2017. The venue for the meeting is confirmed as the Royal Over-Seas League.

Topics will include a focus on current policy development including a discussion with Andy Burnham MP and with Sport England as well as discussion of Sporta's plans for 2017/18.

Sporta Member Jubilee Hall Trust has announced that they have been awarded a new contract to manage the Westminster Gym in the Houses of Parliament. Jubilee Hall Trust have been delivering the existing gym and wellbeing service contract since 1999. In that time, Jubilee Hall Trust has grown gym membership, increased the range and quality of services and received excellent feedback. In the last user survey, 100% of gym members said that the staff service was good or excellent. Jubilee Hall Chief Executive, Phil Rumbelow said: "We are very pleased that the Parliamentary Authority has seen fit to offer us a renewal of our contract. We are a small operator in a highly competitive central London market, and we know that they had many other organisations bidding for this prestigious opportunity. We have always believed passionately in the important need for the two Houses’ Members, Peers and employees to have a facility for physical activity and a service for wellbeing, and our exceptional staff team have been delivering this to a very high standard for some time." 

Sporta members, partners and friends came together on 6th December for the final conference of the Make Your Move programme. The event was held at Sheffield City Hall, one of a number of venues managed by Sporta member Sheffield City Trust. Over three years, the Sport England lottery funded programme has supported 46 projects across England, helping to engage inactive communities in physical activity. The programme has attracted over 24,000 participants, with over 90% of respondents maintaining activity levels six months after intervention.
The day focussed on three main themes - understanding participants, effective partnerships, and the trust model – which compliment some of the overall themes to emerge from the programme. Discussion groups and workshops were held, giving attendees the chance to interact and share experiences.

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