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Programme launched to get more people ‘Get Out Get Active’!
Saturday 1 October 2016 marked the start of the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme following January’s successful funding announcement. Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 GOGA localities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners. In the first of its kind on such a scale, GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together.
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the lead GOGA partner, teaming up with an extensive range of organisations to help reach more people, who have the greatest need to get out and get active. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise. The other home nation disability sport organisations are also backing the programme as well as Volunteering Matters, Disability Rights UK, Women and Sport, Sporting Equals and Age UK.
Debbie Lye, Chief Executive for Spirit of 2012 said:
"Get Out Get Active launches after months of careful planning. It’s a very ambitious initiative designed to increase physical and mental wellbeing by supporting physically inactive people around the UK to improve their health”.
Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS said:
"The programme has the potential to change how we encourage, enable and engage more people through active recreation opportunities.”
Statistics continually show disabled people to be the least active population and two thirds of disabled people stated they wanted to take part with non-disabled people in EFDS’s Lifestyle Report 2013. Inclusion will be at the heart of the GOGA programme through activity and volunteering.
For more information on Get Out Get Active, visit www.efds.co.uk/GOGA