GOGA in action
GOGA in action is also known as the 'phase 1' part of GOGA, which ran from 2016 to 2020. Through the GOGA approach localities successfully engaged the very least active in truly inclusive activities in a variety of ways. Over the period of 2016 to 2020 GOGA successfully engaged:
- Over 30,000 disabled and non-disabled participants.
- Recruited 2,800 volunteers
- Supported 2,000 volunteers and paid staff to reach the very least active
- Delivered over 2,400 activities and a multitude of events across the UK.
Who was involved in GOGA in action and what does this mean?
The following localities and National Partners are involed in GOGA in action:
- England: Bradford, Greater Manchester, Rochdale, Wigan, Margate, East Lindsey, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Nottingham, Stoke-on- Trent
- Northern Ireland: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Derry City and Strabane
- Scotland: Fife, Grampians (covering Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council), Forth Valley (covering Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling council areas)
- Wales: Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wrexham
- GOGA Consortium partners: Activity Alliance (formally EFDS) Disability Sport Wales, Scottish Disability Sport, Disability Sport N.I and Volunteering Matters
- National Delivery Partners: Sporting Equals, Disability Rights UK, Women in Sport, StreetGames, Parkrun, England Athletics, Youth Sport Trust, Amateur Swimming Association, Age UK, Play England
Through GOGA in action we continuously engage and connect with our GOGA phase 1 partners. We ask partners to continue to champion the core principles of the GOGA programme supporting the very least active disabled and non-disabled people to be active together, sharing further delivery, impact and insight to inform the practice of others.
All GOGA localities continue to run a number of activities aswell as embeding the GOGA legacy to support and influence new projects and programmes.
Ultimately, the success is credit to the partners, who embrace what is defined in the report as the ‘GOGA approach’. This leads to everyone attracting and retaining the very least active participants.
GOGA impact and learning:
Collaboration and sharing of knowledge has been massively important to the GOGA project. Through our 18 GOGA in action leads, and our expert partners, we have learnt:
- You can’t tackle inactivity in isolation: Through the programme we’ve worked with trusted community businesses, many of which haven’t previously had a role in promoting physical activity. These include housing associations, the Royal British Legion and takeaways!
- Creating inclusive environments is key: An environment that is welcoming, supportive and encouraging is beneficial towards engaging disabled people. But in making activity more appealing and attractive it is also beneficial to those that haven’t traditionally thought of exercise being for them.
- Identifying key community influencers is extremely powerful: Understanding who the key influencers are within communities is important. Establishing local relatable champions and peer support is extremely powerful in reaching the least active.
Take a look at our GOGA impact summary highlighting the journey of GOGA over the four years (2016- 2020) and how GOGA Northern Ireland have continued the leagacy of GOGA