Joint GOGA and Spirit PNG logoThe 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.

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

For further information about GOGA please contact the GOGA team or call 01509 227750.

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.

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.

Watch the GOGA film in BSL