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Following the publication of the Barclay Report, Sporta Scotland have expressed their concern over its recommendation that charitable trusts managing sport, leisure and cultural services on behalf of councils should no longer receive non-domestic rates relief. 
The recommendations, if approved, would have major implications for the future of trusts/ALEOs in Scotland. Trusts have voiced their disappointment that they were not directly engaged prior to the report’s publication, thus leading to some misrepresentation of the role and purpose of such organisations.
After consideration by the Executive, a statement was distributed to the Scottish media on 23rd August, which was published to varying degrees throughout daily newspapers, online and in television news reports.
Please see the full statement from Robin Strang, Chairman of Sporta Scotland here.
If you have any view or comments about the report, please contact Sporta.

The 2017 Sporta 'Trusts in Numbers' survey is now available for members to complete. Completed annually, the survey is vitally important to gather and maintain an updated picutre of the leisure and culture trust sector. For ease, the survey has been broken down into two parts: a very short summary questionnaire, and a broader survey which captures some headline details about your organisation. 

All members are strongly encouraged to complete the survey by Friday 15th September. To access a link to do so, or if you have any other questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sporta's next General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at The Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh. Further details to follow soon.

Due to circumstances beyond our control the venue for the next Sporta GM has changed.  The Hilton Edinburgh Carlton will now be the meeting space for the General Meeting on the 19th September. Booking forms and agendas will be issued shortly.

Two leisure and culture trusts have been chosen as shortlisted entrants for the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards 2017, the UK’s premier awards scheme for promoting health and wellbeing.

LiveWire Warrington CIC have been selected as one of three finalists in the ‘Healthier Lifestyle’ category for their ‘Fit to Tackle’ programme. In partnership with the Warrington Wolves Foundation, the highly successful programme offers free beginners weight loss sessions for men and women, boasting accumulative weight loss of participants of over 500 stone over the last two and a half years.

In the ‘Community Health Development’ category, Mytime Active are recognised for their role in ‘Active Local Links’, a programme aiming to train parents and volunteers to provide information and signposting for other parents on activities that promote increased levels of physical activity and healthy lifestyles across London.

The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health. The success of Sporta members in being chosen as finalists shows the important role community NDPO leisure and culture trusts play in delivering the Public Health agenda.

The winners will be announced at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.

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