Scottish Disability Sport announced Tayside is one the successful locations.
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, including Scottish Disability Sport, 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, Tayside was chosen as to be part of phase two. Scottish Disability Sport and NHS Tayside will work in partnership to increase the numbers of physically active disabled and non-disabled people participating in activities together, across NHS Tayside.
Gavin Macleod, CEO of Scottish Disability Sport, said on the announcement, “Scottish Disability Sport would like to thank Spirit of 2012 and the London Marathon Charitable Trust most sincerely for investing in the phase 2 GOGA programme in Tayside. This investment will allow us to build on the success of the first phase GOGA localities in Fife, Forth Valley and Grampian and develop an innovative approach to linking health services and physical activity opportunities to the benefit of the least active across the region.”
Ashleigh Henderson, Senior Health Promotion Officer with NHS Tayside added, “This is a very exciting time for Tayside with the newly formed partnership between Scottish Disability Sport, Spirit of 2012, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and NHS Tayside, driving forward the GOGA Programme. Being physically active has huge benefits for everyone, and being active together, can make a significant difference to our overall health and wellbeing outcomes. GOGA will be a fantastic addition to the physical activity work going on across Tayside at present and I look forward to supporting this important and inspiring programme”.
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 staffs’ training