SPARTA is the sport and recreational association of the Department for Transport (including the related Executive Agencies) and of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

SPARTA is a non-profit making organisation whose aim is to promote and encourage social and recreational activities within MHCLG and DfT.  It:

  • Helps to promote staff health and wellbeing;

  • Has an elected management committee (GMC) which has a Permanent Secretary as its President;

  • Is affiliated to the Civil Service Sports Council;

  • Is responsible for promoting sport and recreation through its various affiliated activity clubs/societies in London and affiliated regional branch clubs. In London there are sports clubs/societies covering a wide range of sporting and recreational activities;

  • Has affiliated regional branches around the country;

  • Hosts the annual MHCLG and DfT Sports Day, where staff from all over the country descend on London for a day of competitive sport, designed to give staff the chance to meet different colleagues across the Department(s);

  • Finances competitors representing combined MHCLG/DfT teams in various civil service national championships.

SPARTA has an agreed constitution that has, over the years, been amended to meet keep it current. A copy of the constitution can be viewed using the link below. If you have any queries on the constitution please contact SPARTA@dft.gov.uk

SPARTA Constitution

The General Management Committee - Who We Are


Rod Paterson

Vice Chair

Sue Johnson

General Secretary

Jason Marchant


Paul Jones

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