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sporta is the major organisation representing social enterprises within the cultural and leisure market in the United Kingdom.

Membership is open to non-profit distributing organisations that manage cultural and leisure facilities, open to the general public, on behalf of local authorities.

sporta, founded in 1997, has a membership of 120 leisure trusts and social enterprises, ranging from small trusts representing single leisure centres to larger organisations managing more than 65 sites. Together the members have a combined annual turnover in excess of £625 million, have more than 210 million customers visiting their facilities each year and employ over 26,000 full time employees. Collectively they operate more than 920 individual sites.

“I believe sports and leisure trusts have a significant role to play in helping the government, and particularly DCMS, to achieve many of its objectives in the cultural and sporting sectors.”