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.
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.
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.
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.
Free update workshops regarding the Sporta and Sport England, Make Your Move programme, are taking place for Trusts to attend. £1.8m of funding ring fenced for Sporta Trusts! Friday 8th November - 11am to 1pm - Old Street, London Monday 11th November - 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Huddersfield Find out everything you need to know, changes, tips and what we have learnt so far (or just come for a coffee) at the workshops delivered by Sporta.