SPORTA UK trusts across the UK celebrated ten years of creating healthier, thriving communities at a glittering 'BAFTAs' of leisure’s charitable industry in Bournemouth on 11th May.
Hosted by BH Live at the historic Pavilion Theatre, BBC sports presenter Garry Richardson introduced charitable trusts large and small to toast a decade of work under the banner of SPORTA UK managing sport, leisure and culture facilities and services across the country.
The awards recognised outstanding work in engaging inactive people, energising communities and developing partnerships with the health and social enterprise sector. Bill Duncan, Chairman of Live Active in Perth & Kinross, was voted “Trustee of the Year” and Steve Whitmore, a Central YMCA (London) volunteer for 25 years, won the ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement’. Jacquie Stringer from Fife Sports and Leisure Trust collected the ‘Successful Work with the Health Sector’ Award for their ‘Active Options 2’ programme of health classes which have so far helped over 800 people in Fife become healthier, in one of the most competitive categories.
SPORTA UK Chairman Peter Gunn, CEO of hosts BH Live, said: "The awards event has been a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise the huge wealth of work put into helping our communities become more active.
"It is a challenging time for charitable providers of local leisure and cultural services, but there is a tremendous enthusiasm among our trusts to learn from each other in order to deliver the best possible services we can for the people of the UK on the budgets we have. And at the heart of that is a desire to help us all become more active and our communities healthier and happier physically and mentally. I'd like to personally congratulate all of the trusts who entered and all whose work was nominated. Winning was just the icing on the cake for some but all the finalists deserve huge respect."
Brian Leonard, SPORTA UK Chief Executive, commented: "The SPORTA network has grown hugely across the UK as more and more councils opt for trusts as a more effective way of managing leisure and culture services.
"What we have seen with the awards - where we had over 100 diverse and innovative entries from the Scottish Highlands to Cornwall - is just how passionate the trust staff are in working with government, the NHS and a whole array of partners to make the UK healthier and more vibrant, and with some incredible innovations and creativity.
"That is what councils are recognising in the potential of trusts and, ten years after we constituted SPORTA UK, we felt it was timely to take a moment to recognise what has been achieved and reward some of that as part of wider efforts to publicise and champion the capacity of the trust model more widely"
Sporta Awards 2016 - Roll of Honour
Engaging Inactive People, Small Trust
Winner: Tandridge Trust (‘Vitamin G’)
Finalists: Inspire Leisure (‘HOOP’) and Teme Leisure (‘Neighbourhood Life’)
Engaging Inactive People, Large Trust sponsored by
Winner: Pendle Leisure Trust (‘Pendle Body Magic’)
Finalists: Active Tameside (‘Be Active, Live Well’) and Fusion Lifestyle (‘Youth Card’ project)
Community Impact, Small Trust sponsored by
Winner: South Suffolk Leisure (‘Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance’)
Finalists: Ashford Leisure Trust (‘Participation to Performance’) and Tandridge Trust (‘Our June’s Wedding’)
Community Impact, Large Trust sponsored by
Winner: Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (‘Well Active’)
Finalists: Life Leisure (“I Wish I’d Tried’) and Link4Life (‘Activ8teme’)
Successful Work with the Health Sector sponsored by
Winner: Fife Sports and Leisure Trust (‘Active Options 2’)
Finalists: Sheffield City Trust (Exercise Referral Scheme) and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure (‘Exercise on Referral’)
Best New Facility sponsored by
Winner: Fusion Lifestyle (New River Sports and Fitness Centre at White Hart Lane)
Finalists: High Life Highland (Thurso Library and Gallery) and Kirklees Active Leisure (Huddersfield Leisure Centre)
Exceptional Social Enterprise Improvement
Winner: South Dorset Community Sports Ltd, Osprey Leisure (Energy Saving Mission)
Finalists: Abbeycroft Leisure (‘Transformational Change in Organisation’) and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (‘ACE’ Membership)
Trustee of the Year sponsored by
Winner: William Duncan (Chairman, Live Active Leisure, Perth & Kinross)
Finalists: Mark Ling (Chairman, Broomhill Pool Trust) and Douglas Iles (Chairman, Unity Leisure)
Outstanding Individual Achievement sponsored by
Winner: Steve Whitmore (Central YMCA)
Finalists: Ann Wilbourn (Mytime Active), Jim Moffatt (North Lanarkshire Leisure) and Gareth Dix (Tempus Leisure).
The panel was comprised of selected independent professionals in the sector, offering an in-depth understanding of trusts whilst maintaining a balanced array of perspectives. They were:
- Professor Ken Fox (Chair), Emeritus Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences at University of Bristol
- Mark Allman, Head of Sport & Active Lifestyles, Leeds City Council / Chair, cCLOA
- Lee Mason, Chief Executive, CSP Network / Non-Executive Director, English Federation for Disability Sport
- Simon Hughes, Head of Recreational Badminton, Badminton England
- Steve Elway, former Chief Executive, Aspire Sport & Cultural Trust