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About the Awards

The Sporta Awards offers the chance to champion and showcase the outstanding achievements of Sporta trusts. Hosted by BBC Sports presenter Andrew Cotter, the 2017 Awards were held on Wednesday 17th May at Sheffield City Hall. The ceremony helped to promote the unique and distinctive nature of leisure and culture trusts, and the broad capabilities of the charitable social enterprise model.


Leisure and culture trusts recognised at Sporta awards 2017

THE work of charitable trusts to improve the health of the nation was recognised at a unique awards event in Sheffield this week.
At the ceremony hosted by BBC sports presenter Andrew Cotter, sport, leisure and culture trusts from across the UK came together in the stunning Sheffield City Hall to celebrate a year in which trusts have become more central to the health and wellbeing of communities across the country. Managing the UK's publicly-owned services and facilities, trusts have taken a major step forward in changing the shape of services to target people with short and long-term health issues, who struggle to access physical activity or simply are not engaged in any form of physical or mental stimulation.
 SP 120 CopyOutgoing Sporta Chairman and CEO of BH Live Peter Gunn, welcomed guests to the event at Sheffield City Hall
The lives of our older population, immigrant communities, disabled people, women and girls, and many other people have been improved as a result of the trust work and led to over 100 trusts being involved in the second Sporta Awards, organised by the membership organisation for all sport, leisure and culture trusts across the UK and Ireland.
Sporta UK Chief Executive Brian Leonard said: "The range, diversity and depth of the work now being done in our communities by these trusts is quite exceptional, and I think much of it goes unrecognised. That is why we launched the awards that turn the spotlight on some of that work and the people showing the ambition, creativity and commitment to turning lives around.
 SP 198Leisureworks were awarded the 'Successful Partnerships - small trust' award for their 'Love Your Life County Durham' diabetes prevention project
"A key part of that is partnership and that was evident in the awards with local and national government, the NHS, other charities, sport, leisure and culture organisations all part of the celebration and the great success stories we heard about in Sheffield. We hear a lot about services being cut back, and there's no doubt that we are living in very difficult times for public service finances, but there is some wonderful work being done by these trusts from the southern tip of England to Wales, northern Ireland and the very north of Scotland. We congratulate the winners but also take our hat off to the more than 100 trusts who entered and allowed us to showcase their work."

Sporta would like to extend great thanks to all members who generously supported the awards, and congratulate all trusts for their ongoing vital contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of those in need.

Full roll of honour (cont.):





Engaging Inactive People (large trust)                    450ff692 1d87 4a97 920c ecd4e4e0907f

Double Winner:
  • Active Luton – Me Time
  • Life Leisure – actilife
  • GLL – For the Girls
  • High Life Highland – Movers and Shakers
  • Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture – Clubbercise

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  • Leisureworks – Love Your Life County Durham
  • Ashford Leisure Trust – Family Series
  • Hyndburn Leisure – Active Mums
  • Tandridge Trust – Weight Management Programme

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  • Tees Active – Club 55
  • Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Move More
  • Sheffield City Trust – Physical Activity Referral Scheme
  • Vision Redbridge, Culture and Leisure – Exercise on Referral Scheme

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  • Jubilee Hall Trust – The Energy Club


  • Leisureworks – Targeted Wellbeing
  • Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool – Swim Together
  • Teme Leisure – Exercise Referral

Championing Diversity Award                                        YMCA Fit SQ CMYK


  • Ashford Leisure Trust – Inclusive Disability Programme
  • Pendle Leisure Trust – Goodlife Community Allotment
  • Sport Aberdeen – Looked After Children

Workforce Development Award                             cimspa logo

  • GLL – Management Academy
  • Fusion Lifestyle – Fusion Academy
  • Vivacity Peterborough – Workforce Development Programme

Community Impact through Combined                     bigwave logo NEW

Culture and Leisure Award 


  • Tandridge Trust - Arts and Sports Programme
  • Falkirk Community Trust - The Helix
  • Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles - Gym Jams
  • Vision Redbridge - South Woodford Library & Gym

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  • BH Live – Corfe Mullen
  • Everybody Sport & Recreation – Crewe Lifestyle Centre
  • Northampton Leisure Trust (Unity Leisure) – Children’s Activity Centre

Social Enterprise Improvement Award

  • Love Withington Baths – Community Takeover
  • Sheffield City Trust – Health Fund
  • South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd. – ACE Membership



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  • Karen de Sa (GLL)
  • Alison McDowall (GLL)
  • Mark Rees (Halo Leisure)

Volunteer of the Year                                             Endsleigh Logo RGB Colour

  • Martin Floyd and John Totney (Sandwell Leisure Trust)
  • Beryl Birch (Link4Life)
  • Jeff (Mytime Active)
  • Cally Smith (Sport Aberdeen)

Trustee of the Year


  • Steve Cabrera (Jubilee Hall Trust)


The Awards were judged by an independent panel of leading individuals from across the sport, activity, health and culture sectors.

The independent panel is comprised of:

  • Prof. Ken Fox - Emeritus Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol (Chair)
  • Lara Lill - MD, Global Active Ltd.
  • John Maude - Ex. CEO, North Country Leisure
  • John Wileman - Head of Sport, Community and Leisure Centres, Nottingham City Council
  • Kim Atkinson - CEO, Scottish Sport Association
  • Greer Roberts - Sustaining Excellence Manager, The Wellcome Trust
  • Simon Hughes - Owner, Complex Consultancy Ltd.

Thank you for your support for the 2017 Sporta Awards.

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