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.
There are over 100 Sporta trusts HQs around the UK. Find your nearest one.
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 venue for Sporta's General Meeting on 6th February 2014 is the MacDonald Manchester Hotel & Spa. Further meeting venues tbc.
The following dates are proposed for forthcoming Sporta meetings. Sporta Executive: 3rd December - London, 5th February - Manchester, 2nd April - London, 7th May - Edinburgh. Sporta General Meetings: 6th February - Manchester, 8th May - Edinburgh. Times and venues tbc.
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.