Inclusion - Women In Sport


How we’re working collaboratively with a range of experts in disability sport & activity, to help disabled women and girls enjoy being more active.

Women in Sport is delighted to be supporting the Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme as a national partner.

Get Out Get Active

Launched in October 2016, Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together.

Read more about the GOGA programme here

Funded by Spirit of 2012 all partners are focused on getting some of the UK’s least active people moving more through fun and inclusive activities.

This unique programme aims to reach those with the greatest need, contributing to measurable health and wellbeing benefits for individuals and stronger more cohesive and active societies. It offers genuinely inclusive opportunities for everyone.

What’s Next?

Our priority is to consult with locality leads to initiate SMART Action Plans in each of the 5 localities with a focus on women and girls.

We know that Small Steps can lead to Big Differences!

For more information about Women in Sports involvement in GOGA, to discuss bespoke support for your locality, or if you just need a ‘spark’ to get yourself active!

Contact:  Julie Bunnage, Project Manager – GOGA – Women in Sport.

Email: , Telephone: 07903313481,  Twitter @womeninsport_uk

Why we’re in!

As a national partner, Women in Sport brings 30 years experience of working collaboratively with a range of providers. We will share our research and insights with eighteen GOGA locations across the UK to better understand the needs of women and girls in their local communities.

Working within a consortium, we will be able to combine our expertise with that of our partners, generate new research and importantly activate learning for positive impact, ensuring women who face additional barriers such as disability, financial restraints and cultural barriers, have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity in a way that benefits their health and wellbeing.

Women in Sport will support five localities with a focus on women and girls, to respond to the needs of their communities. In Bradford for example, where West Yorkshire police report that they deal with four cases of domestic abuse every hour, women’s dance is a popular intervention. Project lead Leila of E5 Keighley – a women and girls empowerment project – is keen to start a dance club for women and girls who have experienced domestic violence or child sexual exploitation and provide new opportunities for them to build their confidence and express themselves through creative activities.

Women in Sport has a privileged opportunity to explore innovative ways to engage disabled women and girls in sport and physical activity.  We will use our insights such as – Small Change, Big Difference ( EFDS, British Blind Sport and Women in Sport, 2016) to assess existing physical activity provision and if necessary recommend changes to increase demand and improve accessibility.

We also aim to test the interplay between the ten Talk to Me principles developed by EFDS and the Women in Sport research Understanding Women’s Lives, 2016 which identifies the complex value system that underpins activity choices at different times in women’s and girls lives.

Julie Bunnage, Project Manager GOGA at Women in Sport said,

To truly make a difference, it’s important for me to get a feel for the dynamics of each community and to understand their specific challenges and triumphs. We will gather insights into the motivations and barriers for inactive people in each community including their personal activity journeys and value systems. I’m really looking forward to taking the lead to facilitate a Toolkit for Change that captures ‘what works well’ and will form the basis for targeted work with women and girls.

Our Committment

Over the next three years, Women in Sport will work collaboratively with other expert partners including Sporting Equals, Disability Rights UK, Age UK and Volunteering Matters to support GOGA leads in Bradford, Forth Valley, London, Wrexham and Greater Manchester.

We will apply cutting edge research and share insights to help

  • motivate women and girls to get active and stay active by tapping into their values and the things that matter to them,
  • plan and deliver inclusive activity programmes for disabled and non disabled people to enjoy being active together,
  • support the mentoring programmes for volunteers helping their communities to become happier and more cohesive.

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