Blackpool is one of a number of new locations that 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.
In September 2019, Activity Alliance 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. This 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.
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
For more information on GOGA, please visit www.getoutgetactive.co.uk.