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About the Awards

The 2017 Sporta Awards ceremony offers the chance to champion and showcase the outstanding achievements of Sporta trusts throughout the last year. Building on the positive engagement generated through the first event in 2016, and hosted by acclaimed BBC Sports presenter Andrew Cotter, this year’s ceremony will further promote the unique and distinctive nature of leisure and culture trusts, and the broad capabilities of the charitable social enterprise model.

Categories and Finalists

The Sporta Awards will identify and promote the distinctiveness and diversity of the achievements of leisure and cultural trusts in the fields of sport, physical activity, culture and health.

 Split over 'Trust Awards' and 'Individual Awards', the 12 categories are:



Award name Supported by

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

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

Engaging Inactive People (small trust)

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

Successful Partnerships (large trust)                    gladstone

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

Successful Partnerships (small trust)                     logowater tm highdef EN

  • 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 Activity
  • Pendle Leisure Trust – Goodlife Community Allotment
  • Sport Aberdeen – Looked After Children

Workforce Development Award                             cimspa logo

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

Community Impact through Combined                     bigwave logo NEW

Culture and Leisure Award 

  • Falkirk Community Trust
  • Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles
  • Tandridge Trust
  • Vision Redbridge

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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



Outstanding Individual Achievement                    psaspire png           

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

Volunteer of the Year                                             Endsleigh Logo RGB Colour

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


The Awards are again being judged by an independent panel of leading individuals from across the sport, activity, health and culture sectors. Shortlisting will take place throughout March, and the panel will meet in April to discuss shortlisted entries and decide the winners for each category. Winning applications will be announced on the night.

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.


Attendance at the Awards

Sporta would be delighted if you were able to attend the Awards ceremony, held in the Ballroom at Sheffield City Hall on Wendesday the 17th May. If you are wishing to book a ticket or table for the event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a booking form. Tickets are priced at £48.00 per person.

Further information about the scheme can be found in the AWARDS ENTRY GUIDE

Thank you for your support for the 2017 Sporta Awards.

Upcoming Events:

Sporta Annual General Meeting
17 May 2017 10:00AM - 17 May 2017 04:00PM
Sporta Awards 2017
17 May 2017 07:00PM - 17 May 2017 11:00PM
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