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Sporta is a membership association that represents cultural and leisure trusts and social enterprises throughout the UK.
Sporta is a membership association that represents cultural and leisure trusts and social enterprises throughout the UK.


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We have now released the first in a series of new themed reports called SportaPurple. It has been designed to share the work of its members making it easier for stakeholders to differentiate, navigate and find specific information relating to public health.

To tweet your thoughts on the report #SportaPurple @SportaUK

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Jan Souness of LiveWire Warrington is an innovative example of strong leadership from a woman in a traditionally male-dominated environment.

..... throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sail ….. (1)  
In May 2012, Warrington Borough Council’s leisure, library and lifestyle services transferred from the authority to form a unique Neighbourhood and Wellbeing Community Interest Company, LiveWire Warrington.
What sets LiveWire apart is the innovate way it delivers a distinct blend of integrated services tailored to the specific needs of the neighbourhoods they serve; being one of only two organisations in the country to do so.
LiveWire’s offer is complemented by Culture Warrington, which was founded at the same time; an arts and heritage charity operating over three venues, i.e. Pyramid and Parr Hall and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
There are no share-holders for either organisation and any profit made is reinvested back to improve services and facilities for those who live, work and visit the town.
Since their inception, through a commitment to improve mental, physical and social wellbeing, igniting people’s passion for culture and increasing the town’s vibrancy these organisations have made some outstanding achievements. 
Acknowledging the strength in synergy, strong strategic partnerships have been developed with a range of agencies; particularly those connected with health, sport, equality and providing opportunities for advancement.  These include, amongst others, Public Health, Warrington Town FC, Warrington Wolves, Sport Cheshire, Warrington Disability Partnership and Voluntary Action Warrington.
A snapshot of success stores include:
•        the opening of Orford Park Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub (OJNH), a £32 million pound building which was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II and is the biggest Olympic Legacy project outside of London
•        delivery of an Olympic weekend event, attended by over 1000 people, giving them the opportunity to ‘try an Olympic sport for free’
•        recognition of OJNH as a designated Manchester United ‘Soccer School’ venue
•        one of LiveWire’s Lifestyles Advisors receiving the National Stop Smoking Advisor Award for 2013
•        Culture Warrington acclaimed a runner up for the Live Music Venue in the industry nominated Music Week Award

This has resulted in LiveWire gaining recognition in their first year as Warrington Borough Council Business of the Year and further awarded the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for 2012 for Leisure and Tourism and Culture Warrington receiving commendation as New Business of the Year.
So who is at the helm, embracing the challenges, seeking ways to increase participation, address disadvantage and inequality by directing the integration of a mix of services whilst simultaneously fostering both organisations into profitable, commercially viable and socially responsible businesses?  Jan Souness, a Managing Director who continually displays entrepreneurial spirit with an uncanny knack of ‘making it happen’ and creating a platform to celebrate success – raising the companies’ profile internally and externally,  locally and regionally, through a reputation that is built on trust and respect.
It could be argued that in business it is often men who are assumed to be ‘in the driver’s seat’. However, in a relatively short space of time, what Jan has led the way to accomplish for not one but two separate businesses demonstrates how women are equally capable of infusing success.  It is for this, that she should be recognised, and what better time to do so than International Women’s Day.
Keeping a firm hold on the present Jan also has an unwavering, exceptional vision of the possibilities that lay ahead to expand and progress.  
Her values lie in maintaining healthy and safe working environments for staff set within a comprehensive training and development programme.   This contributes to the fact that her tenacity and energy is infectious, inspiring those around her to believe …..
“It doesn’t matter where you are - you are nowhere compared to where you can go”. (2)
1.  Mark Twain, American author and humorist
2.  Bob Proctor, Life Coach, CEO of LifeSuccess Productions

  #inspiringchange    #womensday2014  
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Inspiring women in sport - London 2012 Paralympics Bronze Medal Winner Lucy Shuker with her coach Natalie Ayton. Natalie is a tennis coach at Tone Leisure and has learnt to coach wheelchair tennis through working with Lucy. Two truly inspirational women in sport - supported and sponsored by Tone Leisure. #womensday   #inspiringchange  #womeninsport
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Fantastic work to involve women in sport and physical activity

Fusion Lifestyle’s ‘Get Active Hounslow’ – Women and Girls Programme

Fusion Lifestyle are working with St Mary’s University College and the Hounslow Community Sport and Physical Activity Network (CSPAN) to support their Get Active Hounslow project which aims to engage girls and women in sport across the Borough.

Our partners have secured almost £250,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to run the project for three years. This funding is to be used to give females in the Borough the opportunity to get involved in a range of different sports.

The first year includes free beginners sessions in running, badminton, cycling, multi-sport events, yoga and dance. We are working with St Marys and the Hounslow CSPAN to run paid-for sessions, such as:

• Women’s running at Osterley Sports and Athletics Centre on Monday nights, that allows women to work their way up to running 5km in a 10 week course;
• ‘Athlefit’ classes are accessible, non-competitive fitness sessions run to music that allow people to get fit and spend quality time with their children.

The programme recognises that it can be difficult for women and girls to try a new sport, but gives them the opportunity to do this in a supportive environment and to sustain their participation in the longer term.
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A great initiative by East Lindsey District Council to engage more women and girls in sport and physical activity.

Future Females (FF) is a development initiative that will encourage girls and women to take part in sport and physical activity. The project funded and devised by the Cultural Team at ELDC looks to eliminate the barriers preventing women and girls taking part in sport and exercise. 

To date we have organised five sports projects aimed at a wide age range of women and girls. Those sports are as follows;
- Netball
- Cricket
- Badminton
- Golf
- Volleyball

Overall throughput for those sports (to date) is over 1000.

This year we have introduced several new sports as well as continuing the original successful ones from 2012 and 2013. With the addition of Tennis and Football we are looking to reach out to more women and girls over the coming year.

Throughout Future Females we have only used coaches who have either been on an ELDC course or have been funded by ELDC to take a coaching qualification except from Golf where we have used a women’s professional.

A key point of the project is to establish an exit route from the activities. We have so far managed to do this with the following;
- Netball, Cricket, Badminton and Golf. 

#IWD2014 #physicalactivity
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