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  • The key to change lies in our younger generation: Investing in youth to keep people moving in the future
    “To get the average number of moving people we have today in the world, in the future we will need very skilled, smart and clever young people to be our MOVE Agents. The more you invest in it, the more you get, so come up with a good investment.” ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby Next month in Wroclaw, Poland, the online learning platform produced for ISCA's Youth on the MOVE project will be opened to the public at the project's closing conference. The platform features videos and webinars designed to train the participants in five subject areas: proactivity, sustainable activation, event and project management, sustainable partnerships and human resource management. ISCA’s Youth on the MOVE project co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, aimed to create the missing link between organisations and proactive young people in European and Latin American countries. A combination of online and offline training and, later, practical implementation of youngsters’ project ideas contributed to their personal and professional development. Together with supporting organisations and stakeholders, using sport and physical activity as a tool, they have hopefully ignited a lasting social change in their local communities. Read more about their stories on the NowWeMOVE blog A few weeks ago, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Latin American Youth on the MOVE stakeholders and some of the young participants gathered in international seminar, hosted by SESC Pompeia, titled “The challenge of moving people” where they discussed challenges they face while tacking the physical inactivity problem. On 9-11 February, the European Youth on the MOVE stakeholders and NowWeMOVE campaign national coordinators will gather in Wroclaw, Poland at the Youth on the MOVE dissemination conference. They will explore and contribute to the strategy for the future development the Youth and the MOVE training concept, future campaigns and to create a network of project and event coordinators that can drive forward sustainable events and activities. The conference will also be a great opportunity to exploit the results of Youth on the MOVE on a national level and share good practices using sport and physical activity as an enhancer of active participation among young people. The event will bring together not only the Youth on the MOVE stakeholders, but also another Erasmus+ project for youth, led by ISCA member StreetGames from United Kingdom, named Youth Leaders Across Borders. The project is developing new youth leader training designed to increase the confidence of young people to lead their peers in physical activity and in particular organise youth exchanges abroad. A great opportunity for sharing good practices and inspiring each other with ideas for campaigns and projects that are raising awareness about importance of physical activity and well-being. The event will be hosted by Wrocławskiego Centrum Rozwoju Społecznego and V4Sport, which is also partner of the Youth on the MOVE project. The “Youth on the MOVE” project is financed by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme under Capacity Building in the Field of Youth. It is led by the following four organisations: ISCA – International Sport and Culture Association (Denmark)SESC São Paulo – Social Service of Commerce (Brazil)UBAE - (Spain)V4SPORT – Volunteers 4 Sport (Poland) By Monika Resetar, ISCA
    The key to change lies in our younger generation: Investing in youth to keep people moving in the future
  • ISCA is MOVING People! Read our 2016 Annual Report
    ISCA Annual Report 2016 is out now and you can read it below. 2016 was a year of very high intensity, where we delivered towards our promises to the physical activity sector. Read more and get inspired by our 2016 Annual Report: Advocacy: How ISCA has engaged 10 partners in developing advocacy excellence in raising physical activity higher on the agendaTarget Groups: How ISCA is delivering knowledge and good practice in sport and physical activity for refugeesKnowledge transfer: How ISCA enabled 26 physical activity organisations to scale up their initiatives or transfer them to other countriesEducation: How ISCA delivered a youth education platform across two continentsCampaigns: How ISCA delivered the MOVE Week initiative with almost 10,000 events across the world.Events: How ISCA delivered unique international events such as NowWeBike's journey of Hope, FlashMOVE and European Fitness Day in support of the European #BeActive campaign If you are interested in learning more about ISCA and what we offer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. You will like working with us! Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA Secretary General
    ISCA is MOVING People! Read our 2016 Annual Report
  • European Week of Sport 2017 will kick-off in Estonia: ISCA member to share coordination role
    Estonia has been granted the opportunity to organise the opening event for the European Week of Sport (EWoS) 2017 under the national coordination of ISCA member Sport for All Estonia (Ühendus Sport Kõigile) and the Estonian Olympic Committee. Estonian second biggest city, Tartu, will host the kick-off event for the European Union Week of Sport on 23 September 2017. The event will coincide with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU starting three months earlier in July. The biggest event of the day will be the Tartu Cycling Marathon, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and expects to attract more than 10,000 cyclists. As there are only 100,000 inhabitants in Tartu, this would mean 10% of the city’s population would be involved. Tartu is a well-known university town, so special emphasis will be on university sport with an international conference “University as the Supporter of Athletes’ and Trainers’ Development” taking place as part of the official programme. In 2014, Estonia was one of the most active countries in ISCA’s flagship event of the NowWeMOVE campaign, MOVE Week (pictured), increasing its event tally from 23 to 163 events in just a year. Estonia’s MOVE Agents including Sport for All Estonia have now extended their success in getting citizens across the country moving to the European Week of Sport. The General Secretary of Sport for All Estonia, Peeter Lusmägi, says the country’s hosting role will put these combined efforts into the spotlight. “In 2016 we registered 197,000 visits to European Week of Sport and this year we plan to grow it even more. We are happy and honoured to welcome friends and colleagues all over Europe to our small but sport loving country.” By Laura-Maria Tiidla, ISCA 
    European Week of Sport 2017 will kick-off in Estonia: ISCA member to share coordination role
  • The challenge of moving people is international
    The Move Brasil International Seminar The challenge of moving people, held in Sao Paulo in Brasil from 7–9 December was a great success that gathered more than 200 participants from 13 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Ireland, Malta, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Uruguay and USA) to discuss the status of sport and physical activity in Latin America. The venue itself, SESC Pompeia, offered a great example and inspiration of how an old factory building can be turned into a facility for citizens to meet and play by offering various sports, cultural, creative and other free time activities. The conference held two round table discussions, six interactive workshops and shared six case experiences. Together with the seminar, the dissemination meeting of ISCA’s Youth on the MOVE project took place. Young participants from Europe (Malta and Ireland) and Latin America (Brazil, Colombia, Peru) had chance to finally meet each other, share experiences of making/executing their own projects, discuss challenges they faced and think together about the future steps of moving people in their local communities. The representatives of the organisations from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay met to discuss the future of the programme as there is a need and great wish to continue with it in coming years. Charlene Attard from Malta presented her two projects she initiated with help of Youth on the MOVE and meeting with peers doing same things as she is doing, inspired her even more. “Youth on the MOVE means new opportunities to grow. The programme helped me to prepare myself when it comes to decision making and organisational development. It was a very fruitful experience where I learned how theory can change into practice. When meeting other European and Latin American youth, I got ideas and modified them to the situation in my country. All theoretical aspects we learned during the five months of the online training came in very useful when starting creating my project. Thanks to ISCA and the Youth on the MOVE team for this great opportunity. It was an honour for me to present my project and my country in Brazil at the seminar. Thanks for giving to us, youth, the knowledge to be used in all aspects of life and to help us to grow.” The realities in Europe and Latin America are different when it comes to opportunities for young people. While being part of various short or long term youth exchange programmes, being able to travel abroad and meet people from other countries and cultures is relatively easy and affordable in Europe, there are not so many opportunities in Latin America. For Ana De Sa from Brazil and most of the Latin American participants, being part of the project and travelling to São Paulo was a dream come true. “Promoting sport has always been important in my life and I feel honoured to be part of Youth on the MOVE. It was incredible experience. A unique opportunity to meet people, understand their cultures and with the knowledge of the full group helped us to make our dreams come true. Thank you all!” Despite unique realities and challenges on both continents, according to ISCA’s President Mogens Kirkeby the main challenge of getting more people physically active is international and appears everywhere. So how can we all tackle that? “In ISCA we are convinced that the fastest way to find solutions and to improve physical activity lies within international cooperation and projects such as Youth on the MOVE. The solutions are to be found within an open and systematic exchange of knowledge and practical experiences from across the world.” The key to success lies in cooperation between participants like Ana and Charlene and sport organisations which can help enthusiastic youngsters to realise their ideas and make an impact. It starts with small project or initiative in local community or group of friends, classmates, peers and easily grows bigger nationally or, like MOVE Week or Semana MOVE, internationally. And everyone can contribute, even YOU. How? Well, if you’re already an active person, start with small steps, like activating inactive around you. Invite family members or senior neighbours for a walk, gather friends and organise a sport activity outside. For more inspiration check out the NowWeMOVE blog By Monika Resetar, ISCA
    The challenge of moving people is international
  • MOVE Week in Latin America grows to 11 countries and record 7674 events
    Cover photo: Sesc Campinas.  Semana Muévela, the Latin American edition of MOVE Week, has set records in its fourth year expanding from five to 11 countries and from 5429 to 7674 events. ISCA member Sesc São Paulo and ISCA’s Latin American staff strived to build on the successful roll-out of Semana Muévela from Brazil (where the week is called Semana MOVE Brasil) to Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay in 2015 and secured support from organisations in Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Venezuela to take part in the week from 19-27 November 2016. Almost 550 cities hosted Semana Muévela or Semana MOVE Brasil events, which included cycling events like Bike to Work, with “Bike Angels” riding through São Paulo to share active transport tips with the public, and a night ride, outdoor yoga sessions, gymnastics and trampoline, team sports, running for the elderly and a less conventional running race through muddy terrain. The preliminary numbers are still likely to grow as reports continue to come in from the event organisers. Most events were registered on the new Semana Muévela website http://semanamuevela.com/ , and events reported but not registered will be added to the total. Sesc started the MOVE Brasil campaign in 2013, inspired by ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign and in response to the biggest elite sport moments in Brazil’s history contrasting with decreasing participation in recreational sport and physical activity. In 2013, ISCA Vice President and Latin America Chair Maria Luiza Souza Dias described MOVE Brasil as “a campaign committed to joining efforts, calling for and adding new partners to increase the amount of sport and physical activities practitioners in the country over four years”. Now her organisation Sesc is reaping the rewards of its combined efforts with ISCA to make a difference to the sport and physical activity landscape in Latin America. The seminar “The challenge of moving people in Latin America” presented these efforts as well as the training of new MOVE Agents (called Movedores, or event organisers, in Brazil) through the Youth on the MOVE. Read more about the seminar here. Photos below: Ruy Barboa Jr; Sesc  
    MOVE Week in Latin America grows to 11 countries and record 7674 events
The key to change lies in our younger generation: Investing in youth to keep people moving in the future
“To get the average number of moving people we have today in the world, in the future we will need very skilled, smart and clever young people to be our MOVE Agents. The more you invest in it, the more you get, so come up with a good investment.” ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby Next month in Wroclaw, Poland, the online learning platform produced for ISCA's Youth on the MOVE project will be opened to the public at the project's closing conference. The platform features videos and webinars designed to train the participants in five subject areas: proactivity, sustainable activation, event and project management, sustainable partnerships and human resource management. ISCA’s Youth on the MOVE project co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, aimed to create the missing link between organisations and proactive young people in European and Latin American countries. A combination of online and offline training and, later, practical implementation of youngsters’ project ideas contributed to their personal and professional development. Together with supporting organisations and stakeholders, using sport and physical activity as a tool, they have hopefully ignited a lasting social change in their local communities. Read more about their stories on the NowWeMOVE blog A few weeks ago, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Latin American Youth on the MOVE stakeholders and some of the young participants gathered in international seminar, hosted by SESC Pompeia, titled “The challenge of moving people” where they discussed challenges they face while tacking the physical inactivity problem. On 9-11 February, the European Youth on the MOVE stakeholders and NowWeMOVE campaign national coordinators will gather in Wroclaw, Poland at the Youth on the MOVE dissemination conference. They will explore and contribute to the strategy for the future development the Youth and the MOVE training concept, future campaigns and to create a network of project and event coordinators that can drive forward sustainable events and activities. The conference will also be a great opportunity to exploit the results of Youth on the MOVE on a national level and share good practices using sport and physical activity as an enhancer of active participation among young people. The event will bring together not only the Youth on the MOVE stakeholders, but also another Erasmus+ project for youth, led by ISCA member StreetGames from United Kingdom, named Youth Leaders Across Borders. The project is developing new youth leader training designed to increase the confidence of young people to lead their peers in physical activity and in particular organise youth exchanges abroad. A great opportunity for sharing good practices and inspiring each other with ideas for campaigns and projects that are raising awareness about importance of physical activity and well-being. The event will be hosted by Wrocławskiego Centrum Rozwoju Społecznego and V4Sport, which is also partner of the Youth on the MOVE project. The “Youth on the MOVE” project is financed by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme under Capacity Building in the Field of Youth. It is led by the following four organisations: ISCA – International Sport and Culture Association (Denmark)SESC São Paulo – Social Service of Commerce (Brazil)UBAE - (Spain)V4SPORT – Volunteers 4 Sport (Poland) By Monika Resetar, ISCA

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The 6th edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week will take place from 29 May-4 June 2017). Stay tuned for the dates for MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil).

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The MOVE Congress will not be held in 2016. Stay tuned for the dates and location of the MOVE Congress 2017. What is the MOVE Congress? See the highlights from the 2015 edition.

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MOVE Quality aims to identify initiatives which inspire more people to be physically active, build the capacity of the organisations delivering them and reward their achievements with a certificate.

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ISCA has created MOVE Transfer as a process of identifying physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations that have run successfully in one setting and transferring them to a new setting (new organisation, new community).

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Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self Assessment Tool: an interactive online tool providing a range of information and templates across three themes of governance and four principles. Start your self-assessment now!

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OTHER ISCA ACTIVITIES

Inactivity Time Bomb

In 2015, ISCA commissioned a study called the 'Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe', showing that half a million Europeans die every year as a result of being physically inactive. The most common causes of death are from those diseases linked to being physically inactive, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes and colorectal and breast cancer. One in four adults across Europe is currently physically inactive – as are four out of five adolescents.

 

Download the full report and infographics at the official microsite http://inactivity-time-bomb.nowwemove.com/

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MOVE&Learn

Training on-line tool for non-formal Education through Sport and physical activities with young people.

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