Get Healthy, Get Active

Learn more about our initial investments into tackling inactivity from 2012-2016

In 2012 we commissioned a review into if – and how – sport can engage inactive people. The report recommended that while there was some evidence available, there was a need for further research and more robust monitoring and evaluation – so we relaunched our Get Healthy Get Active (GHGA) fund.

We have invested £13.8m to date into 33 independently-evaluated pilot projects designed to reach inactive people and change their behaviour.

The projects test everything from the role of healthcare professionals and volunteers to how we might include physical activity in healthcare pathways and change attitudes to physical activity.


In March 2013 we announced our initial Lottery investment into 14 projects to tackle inactivity through round one of our Get Healthy Get Active funding.

You can find out more about the individual projects here.

In May 2015 we announced further Lottery investment into a further 16 projects through round two of our Get Healthy Get Active funding.

Further information about the individual projects from round two can be found here.

Working with MIND 

Building on our work with Macmillan Cancer Support during round one of Get Healthy Get Active, we also developed some specific projects with several health charities. These are designed to use physical activity to help those who use their services.

In autumn 2014, we announced £1.5 million of investment into a national project with MIND that will use sport to improve the lives of 75,000 people experiencing mental health problems.

The ambitious project, which runs in eight areas across England, has been designed in collaboration with people living with mental health problems and offers peer support groups, taster sessions and events to help people make sport part of their everyday lives.

The Get Set to Go programme is a national awareness campaign and web-based service for people taking part in its sport programme. It’s part of the charity’s peer support network Elefriends, and allows those that are experiencing mental health problems to give and receive support from others.

Working with the British Lung Foundation

In 2015 we announced £500,000 Lottery investment into the British Lung Foundation to run a programme providing new sporting opportunities, lifestyle advice and motivational support for people living with a lung condition.

People who take part in the Keep Active, Keep Well programme will be helped to manage their condition and live healthier lives.

Our learning to date

These projects have provided a wealth of insight into how we can work with a broad range of partners to tackle inactivity in future.

Our Tackling Inactivity: Key learnings from our Get Healthy Get Active pilots report provides an overview of the impact to date from the GHGA projects from April 2013 to August 2015. It also provides the foundations that has allowed us to develop the Design Principles for developing services and projects to tackle inactivity.

An Executive Summary of the report also provides a high level overview of our key impact and learning to date.

Case studies

You can find out more about the individual projects, their impact to date and their key learning here.