GOGA Access Day welcomes 120 SEN children
More than 120 Special Educational Needs (SEN) children attended a Get Out Get Active (GOGA) Access Day in Swindon at the end of June. The day, organised by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and gave children the opportunity to try out 11 different sports and activities.
Thanks to the success of GOGA in Wiltshire, Swindon Borough Council asked the WASP team to deliver the annual event as part of their work. Every child had the opportunity to try out activities including, adapted cycling, Zumba, and fencing. There was a fantastic buzz throughout the day, one of those that attended said:
Our pupils (and our TAs) have come back full of excitement from a day they have loved. This is such a great opportunity and we really appreciate all your hard work in making it happen.
Also taking place in Foundation Park were wheelchair basketball, mixed ability rugby, Boccia, cricket, croquet, and netball.
A parent of one of the children that attended added:
All of the coaches were amazing at every stop. They made all of the children feel welcomed and involved. It was an amazing experience and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself.
GOGA is a ground-breaking programme that began in 2016. It aims to engage the least active communities in fun, inclusive ways. Conversations are taking place with schools and clubs to make sure there are opportunities for the children that took part in the GOGA Access Day to take part in similar activities on a regular basis.
This story is part of the #TheGOGAWay campaign. Showing how the GOGA approach can help organisations do things differently across the UK.
About Get Out Get Active
Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Activity Alliance is the creator and lead partner. The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012, Sport England and London Marathon Foundation.