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More people to ‘Get Out Get Active’ as programme goes live in the city  

GOGA is a three-year project developed to get some of the UK's least active people moving more.

GOGA will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities and supporting disabled and non-disabled people that don’t necessarily have regular access to sport and fitness activities. They are encouraged to enjoy being active together, improving not only their health, but happiness and mental wellbeing.

Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 GOGA localities in the UK and Northern Ireland as well as numerous national partners. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the lead GOGA partner.

Nottingham has chosen six priority activities, of which four are Nottingham City Council’s core or supported sports

  • swimming
  • cycling
  • basketball
  • tennis

They will also include activities as part of Coca-Cola ParkLives and the English Federation of Disability Sport’s Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI). 

There are three areas of Nottingham where GOGA activity will take place:

  • Area 1 - North: Bilborough, Aspley and Bulwell
  • Area 2 - Central: St Ann’s and Dales
  • Area 3 – South: Clifton North and South

Activity and training will be delivered by local partners including Ridewise, Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (CVS), YMCA, The FA, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Hoods Basketball Club, England Netball, Table Tennis England, Active Ace, Bilborough FC, and the Tennis Foundation.

There will be partner sessions to discuss how best to reach those people the scheme aims to target.

Inclusive Swimming

Swim inclusive is for swimmers with a disability, life limiting illness or condition.
This activity is suitable for all ages. Sessions are currently underway at the following pools:


(*) Pool helpers will be at these sessions to meet and greet, show you around the facility and answer any questions.

Extra information:

  • Nottingham City council operates a ‘Carer goes free’ scheme.
  • We have refreshments machines and accessible facilities at our leisure centres.
    Bring swimwear, towel and £1 for a locker (refundable). You might also
    consider flip flops, leggings, toiletries, a robe/dressing gown, t-shirt.


  • Active Nottingham Member - £4.30
  • Non member - £5.30
  • Concessions - £2.15

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the health suite (Jacuzzi and sauna) after swimming.

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Aims of the scheme

In total, the project aims to deliver:

  • 16,500 particpants
  • 30,000 sessions
  • 550 activities
  • 2,000 volunteers
  • 500 training sessions

GOGA facts

  • Spirit of 2012 is funding the £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 GOGA localities in England (including Nottingham), Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners.
  • Spirit of 2012, a funding charity, established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund, awarded the programme to the UK-wide consortium. Spirit funds partners across the UK that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action. 
  • The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the lead GOGA partner, teaming up with an extensive range of organisations 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.
  • All home nation disability sport organisations are backing the programme as well as Volunteering Matters, Disability Rights UK, Women and Sport, Sporting Equals and Age UK. Additional partners include national governing bodies of sport and national charities. One hundred people involved in GOGA met in Manchester for the first group conference to start the programme’s journey.

Why do we need this project?

  • Almost one fifth of the UK’s population is disabled and should have every opportunity to be as active as non-disabled people, yet they are half as likely to be as active as non-disabled people. Physical activity can make a fundamental difference to everyone’s quality of life, increase independence and benefit the economy.
  • Physical inactivity has unsustainable health, economic and social impacts on individuals, families, communities and local services in England, including one in six deaths (equal to smoking) and an annual cost to society of £7.4 billion.
  • Seven in ten disabled people want to be more active, representing a huge and ‘untapped’ market. Six in ten (64 per cent) disabled people would prefer to take part in sport and physical activity with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people. (Source: EFDS lifestyle report 2013)

More information

For more information on Get Out and Get Active, visit www.getoutgetactive.co.uk

Follow the conversation on social media #GetOutGetActive

For further information, please contact:

Get Out and Get Active, goga@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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