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More UK locations to benefit from Get Out Get Active

by | Feb 12, 2020 | News

Community First is excited to be involved in a supporting a new Get Out Get Active project in Wiltshire led by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP). The project will bring sport and physical activity to inactive people via local community halls and buildings. Stay tuned to find out more:


More UK locations 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. Today, Wiltshire & Swindon Sport is delighted to announce South Wiltshire is one the successful locations.

In September 2019, we 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. Last 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.

After a stringent process, Wiltshire was chosen as to be part of phase two. The activities here will include fitness & friendship clubs, seated exercise indoor programmes, tai chi, boccia, volleyball and new age curling activities. We are also very keen to offer activities that participants suggest and will offer to support training to new volunteers engaged across our projects.

Steve Neale, Operations Director from Wiltshire & Swindon Sport said on the announcement:

“We are delighted to be chosen to deliver GOGA in Wiltshire working in collaboration with key local partners. Through this Partnership we will provide an exciting mix of opportunities to support disabled and non-disabled people enjoying being ‘Active Together’. Our inclusive projects will inspire and support new volunteers and coaches and will engage local community organisations to provide new opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.”

Lynn Gibson, Chief Executive from Community First said:

“We are really pleased to be part of this project and to build on a pilot we delivered in 2019 called Lace Up. This developed physical activity and sport activity in local communities using local community buildings and village halls. We hope to build on the learning here to get more people active and more volunteers involved.”

Sally Evans Fitness and Friendship Senior Project Worker Age UK Wiltshire said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to expand our network of Fitness and Friendship clubs and Volunteer Club Leaders in South Wiltshire working alongside our community partners to increase the health and wellbeing of our inactive older residents.” 

Mary Reed, Business Development Manager from Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living said:

“Wiltshire CIL are delighted to be part of this project, which aims to increase sports and leisure opportunities that are welcoming to all. This project is another positive step towards making strong communities in Wiltshire where people who find themselves excluded can be included in meaningful ways. This is at the heart of what we do and what #MakeSomeoneWelcome is all about.”

Cllr Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Libraries, said:

“Wiltshire Council is incredibly pleased to partner with WASP and other ‘Active Together’ partners to support the delivery of Get Out Get Active (GOGA) within the county. Ensuring sport and physical activity is accessible for all is a key priority for us, and the GOGA programme will further expand our existing programmes which enable individuals with a disability to participate in sport. This funding will allow us to develop new inclusive projects in targeted areas that provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to be active together and we can’t wait to get started.”

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

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Phase one (2016-2019) involved 18 localities

  • England: Bradford, Manchester – Greater Manchester, Rochdale – Greater Manchester, Wigan – Greater Manchester, Margate – Kent, East Lindsey – Lincolnshire, Lambeth – London, Wandsworth – London, Nottingham and Stoke-on- Trent
  • Northern Ireland: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Derry City and Strabane
  • Scotland: Fife, Grampians and Forth Valley
  • Wales: Pembrokeshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wrexham

About Wiltshire & Swindon Sport

Wiltshire & Swindon Sport is one of 43 Active Partnerships across England working collaboratively with local partners to enable an active nation using the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives. 

Our role is to ensure we have in depth understanding of the needs of our local community, brokering cross sector partnerships, managing and delivering projects, offer funding support and maximising impact across the county. In particular, we work with inactive people and underrepresented groups who will benefit most from an active lifestyle. We are very excited to be working with the Activity Alliance and delivering GOGA in Wiltshire.

About Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance is the operating name for the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). We bring members, organisations and disabled people together to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. The national charity looks to a better future where everyone can enjoy the opportunities available. Established in September 1998, Activity Alliance has a vision that disabled people are active for life. Charity Registration Number: 1075180. Visit the privacy policy here.

About Spirit of 2012

Spirit of 2012 is the London 2012 legacy fund. Spirit builds sustainable social legacies from the inspiration of events, investing to improve how people feel about themselves, other people, and their communities.

The National Lottery Community Fund founded Spirit in 2013 with a £47million endowment to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and community that inspired people across the UK during the London 2012 Games. For more information visit

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport. It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active – like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes. Visit

About London Marathon Charitable Trust

Since 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £88 million to 1,430+ organisations in London, Surrey and other areas. The Trust’s vision is a society in which everyone is physically active, contributing to their health and wellbeing. It works towards this by enabling people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background, and by challenging inequality of access to physical activity. For more information visit

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