26 November 2014
A national trade body for the sports and play industries is moving its head office to a new location within Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
The Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA) has been based at Stoneleigh Park since 1994 and is relocating to more modern office space on the estate from where it can better serve its members.
The FSPA will transfer into its new home within the Rural Innovation Centre on Monday, December 1.
The FSPA is a not-for-profit organisation representing and promoting the interests of 15 trade associations and around 500 member companies within the UK sports and play sectors.
It promotes the benefits of physical activity, including health, leadership, productivity and innovation, and runs workshops and think tanks for its members, which have recently been hosted by Nike and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
FSPA managing director Jane Montgomery said the move to within a stone’s throw of its home of 20 years meant that all eight staff would remain as part of the team.
The new location is ideal from the perspective of both our staff and our members.
We have a light and attractive new office appointed to a high standard and set within the professional environment of the Rural Innovation Centre, with access to in-house conference facilities and ultra-fast broadband.
As a national federation serving members throughout the UK, the location of our head office is important. Being central and so accessible to major motorway networks was a big factor in us staying within Stoneleigh Park.
Formed in 1919, the FSPA is regarded as the voice of the nation’s sports and play sectors, and is actively involved in lobbying and liaising with the government and in Europe on issues affecting its members.
From its new base, a main objective for next year will be working towards retaining its UK Trade and Investment ‘Trade Challenge Partner’ status, which will enable it to continue to represent small and medium companies at international exhibitions.
The Rural Innovation Centre is part of the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network (RGN), funded by DEFRA and led by Warwickshire County Council on behalf of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The building, opened in September 2013, was refurbished by LaSalle Investment Management as part of its on-going revitalisation of Stoneleigh Park.
Liz Burkinshaw, manager of the Rural Innovation Centre, said:
Stoneleigh Park has been home to the FSPA for 20 years and so its move into the Rural Innovation Centre marks an exciting new chapter in its history.
We are delighted to be able to provide the FSPA with the right environment to accommodate its needs going forward in serving the sports and play industries within the UK.