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Learn about Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Funded by Spirit of 2012, all partners are focused on getting some of the UK's least active people moving more through fun and inclusive activities.

The programme runs for over three years (2016-2019) and within 18 localities across the UK. We have teamed up with an extensive range of partners to help us reach more people, who have the greatest need to get out and get active. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise.

Get Out Get Active programme description in BSL and subtitles

We want to make getting active appealing, accessible, fun and inclusive for people of all ages and abilities. Spirit of 2012 is funding GOGA in response to overwhelming evidence that inactive people need encouragement and support to take those first steps

Debbie Lye Chief Executive Spirit of 2012
Debbie testimonial

Working together, we aim to increase the number of people who are able to access and enjoy local opportunities. This could be through local authority or independent provision, sports clubs or perhaps volunteering. We want to motivate people by tapping into their values and the things that matter most to them. This includes building friendships, maintaining health, having fun and progressing in life.

Partners will be guided by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Talk to Me ten principles. These principles result from research with disabled people, which explored what helps to make activities more appealing and accessible. If used effectively, the principles apply to a wide range of inactive audiences - not just disabled people.  

We want to support more people to lead active and healthier lifestyles. By doing this, we can actively help to build stronger and more unified communities. The £4.5million investment means we can also proactively share results on a wider scale, so others can benefit from and use our learning. 

Through GOGA we will:

  • Reach 16,500 individual participants, at least 40% of whom will remain active
  • Deliver over 30,000 sessions through 550 different activities
  • Recruit, train and involve over 2,000 volunteers
  • Improve confidence and competence through 500 training sessions

Spirit of 2012 is an independent trust, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. They fund projects that empower people to get out, be involved and feel better. They fund partners that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action. Visit the Spirit of 2012 Trust website.

Older people being active

Where are the GOGA locations and who is involved?

GOGA locations:

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: English Federation of Disability Sport, 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

English local partners: Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure, City of Stoke on Trent, Greater Sport, Kent County Council, Kent Sport, Lincolnshire Sport, London Sport and Nottingham City Council.

Joint GOGA and Spirit PNG logo

To find out more about this programme please contact the GOGA team / call 01509 227750 or download the GOGA Project Brief

Disabled and non disabled person in sumo suits celebrating end of activity

It is a powerful proposition to get so many more people out and active and we are proud to be leading on such a major investment. The programme has the potential to change how we encourage, enable and engage more people through active recreation

Barry Horne Chief Executive English Federation of Disability Sport
Barry horne ceo efds testimonial