Prestigious award for activities for older people in rural areas

Released on January 23, 2018

Oxfordshire Sports awards winners

Congratulations to all involved in the GO Active Gold programme from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils who have won the Sports Development Project award at the prestigious Oxfordshire Sports Awards.

The announcement of the award took place at a ceremony at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford on Friday night (19/1).

GO Active Gold is a three-year Sport-England funded project, which aims to encourage people in rural areas, aged 60 and over, to live more active lifestyles.

They do this by setting up physical activity sessions, such as tai chi, table tennis, pilates, yoga and Zumba, in local village halls. They also organise outdoor activities such as Nordic  walking and walking football. These activities cater for all abilities.

To see how you can join in then please go to the GO Active Gold website

The councils have received funding from Sport England for the project, which has had a great response from its target audience -  around 2,500 people have joined up so far and new members are signing up every week.

Councillor Lynn Lloyd, cabinet member for leisure for South Oxfordshire District Council, who attended the awards, said: “I am absolutely delighted for everyone who has worked so hard to make this project such a success.

“People from over 50 villages across the South and Vale have benefited from the project since its introduction two years ago. By coming along to the sports events people are not only keeping fit but they are also meeting people in their villages, making a stronger community spirit.

Councillor Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for leisure for Vale of White Horse District Council said: “I am so pleased for the coordinators and participants that GO Active Gold has been recognised for the great idea that it is.

“By taking the sports activities to the villages and targeting older people then it makes it as easy as possible for people to get to these groups, stay healthy and meet others. In doing so the project also helps reduce loneliness and social isolation which can be a part of being older in a rural locations.”

For more details on how you can join in please see