GetOutGetActive spirit of 2012

Today marks the launch of Get Out Get Active, a £4.5 million initiative, funded by Spirit of 2012, to encouraged disabled and non-disabled people to take part in group sport, fitness classes, volunteering and social action.

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) aims to get some of the least active people moving more, and will focus on fun and inclusive activities delivered over three years. GOGA will promote sport, fitness and volunteering opportunities in 18 localities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the lead GOGA partner, and will work alongside Volunteering Matters, Disability Rights UK, Women and Sport, Sporting Equals, Age UK and other sport-related organisations.

Statistics continually show disabled people to be the least active population, and two-thirds of disabled people said they wanted to take part with non-disabled people in EFDS’s Lifestyle Report 2013. Inclusion will be at the heart of the programme through activity and volunteering.

Working together, the partners 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 volunteering. Providers 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.

Oonagh Aitken, Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters, said:

“We’re delighted to be part of the Get Out Get Active consortium. Almost one fifth of people in the UK are living with a disability, and we know that physical activity, volunteering and social action offer immense benefits in terms of health and quality of life. We’re looking forward to encouraging more people to get involved in their local community through sport and volunteering.”