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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.

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.

The following dates are proposed for forthcoming Sporta meetings. Sporta Executive: 2nd April - London, 7th May - Edinburgh. Sporta General Meetings: 8th May - Edinburgh. Times and venues tbc.

Sporta were pleased to officially launch the Make Your Move programme on Thursday 21st November with Sport England and our partners. 

Held at Fusion's Camberwell Leisure Centre, breakfast was served throughout the morning of celebration. Held on Social Enterprise Day, our guest speakers included Baroness Thornton and Professor Ken Fox, Steven Chaytor and Phil Rumbelow - and importantly from the three successful pilot Trusts. The three Pilot Projects were announced as Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust delivering Step2action; Fusion Lifestyle delivering the Friday Night Project; and Life Leisure delivering ActiSPORT.

The launch also signified the opening of Round 1 for applications to the Make Your Move funding. The pot opened on the 21st November and closes on Monday 6th January 2014 at 5pm. Please visit the Make Your Move website to find all the information you need and how to apply. Or please contact Cate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sporta has opened a new office facility in Edinburgh and has appointed a new Scottish officer and a new Adviser for Scotland. Our new office facility is at The Melting Pot in Rose Street, where Kirsty Cumming has begun work as our first Scottish Policy and Projects Officer. Sir John Elvidge has also begun as our Adviser on Scottish matters. 

This is a major strengthening of of our ability to support Scottish trusts at a time when policy and business agendas are certain to develop more rapidly and significantly - with the following on from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and  the Independence Referendum.

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