Wiltshire set to benefit from Get Out Get Active
More UK locations will be part of Get Out Get Active’s (GOGA) success story over the next three years. Thousands more inactive people across 21 locations will benefit from the latest £5million programme funding. Today, Wiltshire & Swindon Sport is delighted to announce South Wiltshire is one the successful locations.
In September 2019, we announced the founding funder, Spirit of 2012, awarded a further £3 million to GOGA across the UK. At the same time, Sport England also invested an additional £1 million into England. Last week London Marathon Charitable Trust revealed their £1 million grant investment.
The ground-breaking programme began in 2016, created to bring disabled and non-disabled people together to be active. It engages the least active communities in fun, inclusive ways. Now it is set to continue until at least 2023.
Creator and lead partner Activity Alliance teamed up with an extensive range of partners to help GOGA reach more people. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise.
GOGA is more than being active. It strengthens community spirit, increases confidence and improves mental health. It increases the demand for, and the accessibility of, activities. These may be provided by local authorities, sports clubs or the voluntary sector. The success is through tapping into people’s real-life motivations to be physically active.
The new funding will enable partners to build on phase one’s success and share learning. Initially there were 18 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who together engaged an incredible 20,000 people. Commencing in April 2020, phase two will have 21 locations.
After a stringent process, Wiltshire was chosen as to be part of phase two. The activities here will include fitness & friendship clubs, seated exercise indoor programmes, tai chi, boccia, volleyball and new age curling activities. We are also very keen to offer activities that participants suggest and will offer to support training to new volunteers engaged across our projects.
Steve Neale, Operations Director from Wiltshire & Swindon Sport said on the announcement:
“We are delighted to be chosen to deliver GOGA in Wiltshire working in collaboration with key local partners. Through this Partnership we will provide an exciting mix of opportunities to support disabled and non-disabled people enjoying being ‘Active Together’. Our inclusive projects will inspire and support new volunteers and coaches and will engage local community organisations to provide new opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.”
Lynn Gibson, Chief Executive from Community First said:
“We are really pleased to be part of this project and to build on a pilot we delivered in 2019 called Lace Up. This developed physical activity and sport activity in local communities using local community buildings and village halls. We hope to build on the learning here to get more people active and more volunteers involved.”
Sally Evans Fitness and Friendship Senior Project Worker Age UK Wiltshire said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to expand our network of Fitness and Friendship clubs and Volunteer Club Leaders in South Wiltshire working alongside our community partners to increase the health and wellbeing of our inactive older residents.”
Mary Reed, Business Development Manager from Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living said:
“Wiltshire CIL are delighted to be part of this project, which aims to increase sports and leisure opportunities that are welcoming to all. This project is another positive step towards making strong communities in Wiltshire where people who find themselves excluded can be included in meaningful ways. This is at the heart of what we do and what #MakeSomeoneWelcome is all about.”
Cllr Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Libraries, said:
“Wiltshire Council is incredibly pleased to partner with WASP and other ‘Active Together’ partners to support the delivery of Get Out Get Active (GOGA) within the county. Ensuring sport and physical activity is accessible for all is a key priority for us, and the GOGA programme will further expand our existing programmes which enable individuals with a disability to participate in sport. This funding will allow us to develop new inclusive projects in targeted areas that provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to be active together and we can’t wait to get started.”
The 2020 -2023 localities are:
England: Amber Valley and Bassetlaw, Blackpool, Bradford, Forest of Dean, Haringey, Liverpool, North and North East Lincolnshire, Nottingham, Sunderland, Wolverhampton and Wiltshire
Northern Ireland: Mid and East Antrim and Mid Ulster
Scotland: Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus – NHS Tayside
Wales: Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys – West Wales Partnership, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport – South Central partnership and Conwy, Flintshire and Denbighshire – North Central partnership
By 2023, GOGA will have:
- Reached over 40,000 individual participants, with at least four in ten remaining active
- Engaged 1,500 volunteers’ support
- Supported 2,500 volunteers and paid staff’s training