Get Out Get active (GOGA) began in 2016 and is a national programme created to bring disabled and non-disabled people together to be active. It looks to engage the least active communities in fun and inclusive ways.
Made possible by founding funder Spirit of 2012 and additional investment from Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust, GOGA continues to be focused on getting some of the UK's least active people moving through fun and inclusive activities.
GOGA is more than just a programme. It has become an approach, a way of making activities a place where disabled and non-disabled people can come together to be active. GOGA has influenced and encouraged organisations across the UK to do things differently when it comes to physical activity.
Since 2016, GOGA has supported over 40,000 disabled and non-disabled people to be active using over 3,000 different activities and interventions. Throughout the programme 35 localities across the UK have tried and tested different activities to encourage those least active in the community to become active.
On Monday 24 October, GOGA launched a campaign to celebrate the success of the GOGA programme so far. They want to show how GOGA can help organisations do things differently to engage inactive disabled and non-disabled people in activity together. #TheGOGAWay campaign will show the programme in all its glory and encourage more people to get involved.
Throughout the campaign GOGA will showcase some of the most creative and innovative ways partners continue to engage participants in physical activity. From delivering equipment to individuals at home, to Superhero workout sessions, and even calling participants for a supportive chat. Whether digital or face-to-face they’ve got it covered.
In Gloucestershire, GOGA has been running with an initial focus in the Forest of Dean for the last two years. – over 150 people in the Forest of Dean have taken part in the GOGA programme which includes activities such as archery, bowls, skittles, throwing games, dominos, darts and seated exercises.
Nathan Thomas, one of the GOGA delivery partners in Gloucestershire said “The project has been a great success and we have managed to support a number of people to become more active, especially those who are living with a disability or long-term health condition.”
Active Gloucestershire are now supporting the roll out of GOGA across the whole of Gloucestershire. Active Gloucestershire are looking to engage with community groups and potential delivery partners across the county who would like to set up or grow more activities as part of the wider Gloucestershire GOGA programme.
Find out more about the programme in the Forest of Dean here.
More information about GOGA in Gloucestershire and how to get involved or register your interest in becoming a delivery partner, will be available at www.wecanmove.net in the coming months.
Take part in GOGA? Join the campaign by sharing your experiences of GOGA and inclusive activity in your area using the hashtag #TheGOGAWay.
Visit the Get Out Get Active website to find out what we have learnt so far.