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.
Next Sporta GM - February 2017
Please take note of the date and venue for Sporta's next General Meeting which will take place on Wednesday 8th February at the Royal Overseas League in London.
As requested at the GM in Birmingham, Sporta will be seeking a headline speaker for the meeting. We will also be organising a meeting of one of the Business Development Groups - details tbc. Further details and an agenda will follow.
Sporta Health Conference and GM, Birmingham, September 2016
Members, guests and friends of Sporta gathered this week in Birmingham for the Sporta Health Conference.
Held at Leisure Industry Week, the educational event featured presentations from Public Health
England into the challenges being faced in terms of obesity and inactivity, insight from The
Richmond Group and Britain Thinks about engaging older adults with long term conditions, and the
ASA about their successful dementia friendly swimming programme. There were also a number of
examples from Sporta trusts who shared learning on a wide range of innovative programmes and
initiatives delivering health services.
The following day saw attendees assemble for the September General Meeting. Again, members
heard from a number of fellow trusts around the theme of managing challenging issues and
situations. Kirklees Active, Magna Vitae and Northampton Leisure Trust all shared their lessons and
insight from dealing with difficult circumstances in their centres, and how they have made suitable
adaptations to overcome these. The meeting also featured feedback and reflections from three
members of trust staff (Live Borders, Falkirk Community Trust, and Your Leisure) who were
supported by the association to attend the ukactive Future Leaders Programme in Barcelona. In the
closed session, members had the chance to discuss priorities, challenges and priorities for the
Sporta would like to thank all trusts, sponsors and speakers who attended and contributed to the
conference and General Meeting. The next General Meeting is planned to take place in February in
Minutes and slides from all presentations are available in the members area of the website.
Next Sporta GM - September 2016
Sporta's next General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st September at the NEC, Birmingham. Booking forms for the meeting and a draft agenda have been circulated to members. Further details will follow.