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Sporta is the national association of leisure and cultural trusts. Sporta members operate a wide range of leisure and cultural services in communities across the UK - from the Shetland Isles to Cornwall and from the Western Highlands to Kent. Together they provide 30% of public leisure centres in the UK – with over 1600 facilities, they have a combined turnover of more than £1billion and they employ around 50,000 staff.

Sporta is governed by an Executive of ten Chief Executives or Managing Directors and holds three General Member meetings each year. With two small offices – in London and Edinburgh - we provide policy intelligence, business services and trust development support for our members. Most of our work is done through networks and groups of members.

Sporta membership is open to non-profit distributing organisations, primarily but not exclusively those that manage cultural and leisure facilities.

Latest News

  • Sporta AGM, Sheffield

    Sporta enjoyed a successful AGM on May 17th in Sheffield, where discussions were held with senior representatives from sector organisations across the UK. Notable guests included Andy Reed OBE, Rt Hon Richard Caborn and Angela Hardman. During the event, Stuart Lockwood from Oldham Community Leisure was elected to replace Peter Gunn as Sporta Chair.  Presentations from the AGM are available to view here (please login first to view this page)

     
  • Work of Trusts celebrated at the Sporta Awards 2017

    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

     
  • Member News: Highlife Highland's Role in Unique Nuclear Archive

    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.

     

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