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  • Season's Greetings from the ISCA Team: In 2018 we'll keep advocating for the Human Right to MOVE
    Watch our 2017 Season's Greetings video here. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby looks ahead to 2018.  All year round, ISCA’s members are delivering accessible and affordable recreational sport and physical activities to millions of citizens across the world. Being able to deliver such a large amount of activities on an ongoing basis relies on three elements: A lot of devoted people – many of them working as volunteersWell-governed organisations with high capacities of leadershipStrong advocacy to ensure that individual organisations can keep delivering in the future Human resources – volunteers or paid staff – are very important, and we are all aware that having the right people on board is crucial. Good governance is becoming increasingly important. We see a lot of governance problems among the major international sport organisations that focus on professional sport. Some of these still have a long way to go towards demonstrating good governance. But good governance in the recreational sport and physical activity sector is actually more important than how the international professional sport organisations perform. The simple reason is that the grassroots sport organisations deliver activities to many more people on a daily basis than elite sport. I am of the opinion that our abilities to properly govern and lead the organisations that so many citizens benefit from and depend on is vital to the existence of our sector. AdvocacyThe third crucial element is advocacy. Advocacy is the term that includes the many ways of promoting our sector and convincing relevant stakeholders that our activities and missions are important. For many ISCA members, public political institutions at a municipal or state level are significant targets for this advocacy, but it could also be other stakeholders, such as potential partners or sponsors, that are the key to their growth and prosperity. Climb the agendasKnowing that grassroots sport and recreational physical activity are not at the top of the political agenda, there are two primary ways to deal with advocacy: You can promote your case and own agenda or you can ‘jump onto’ higher ranking agendas. Many organisations do a very good job in promoting their activities. However, in some cases it is needed to utilise other sectors or ‘hot’ political topics to gain more momentum. For example, our ‘Moving People’ sector strongly contributes to public health, education, the environment and employment. Advocacy is about making these connections clear to decision makers. Advocating for the Human Right to Move is about showing that delivering accessible and affordable recreational sport and physical activities to millions of citizens is part of the solution. So why not invest more in this solution!  
    Season's Greetings from the ISCA Team: In 2018 we'll keep advocating for the Human Right to MOVE
  • New ISCA project to feature at EU Sport Diplomacy Seminar
    Photo: Taking sport diplomacy from being a handshake between elite actors to diplomatic actions at the grassroots level (Flickr: Roy Luck, Fairfield Sports Association).  ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg has been invited to present ISCA’s new EU-supported project “Grassroots Sport Diplomacy” as one of three good practices in the European Commission’s Seminar on Sport Diplomacy next Wednesday 6 December. Starting next year, the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project will develop an entirely new concept in a new space within the sport sector – exploring how civil society organisations work across borders and take sport diplomacy from being a handshake between elite actors to diplomatic actions at the grassroots level. This is an ISCA first and a sector first, as Schouenborg explains. “We are working on the only project dedicated to grassroots sport diplomacy,” he says. “If sport diplomacy is going to grow as a concept, we have to invent our own term. Grassroots Sport Diplomacy relies on values that are connected to EU level sport: open and generous exchange, and facilitating learning for others. If ISCA is about civil society working across borders, then Grassroots Sport Diplomacy should fit right into the bigger picture.” Other presenters at the seminar include Tarvi Pürn from the Undersecretary of Sport in Estonia, Bogdan Wenta, Member of the European Parliament, Niels Nygaard, Member of the Executive Committee and European Olympic Committees, Yves le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit, DG Education and Culture, and Monika Puchner, Managing Director of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). On 4-5 December, ISCA will also take part in cluster meetings on “Encouraging participation in Sport and physical activity”. See the full agenda below
    New ISCA project to feature at EU Sport Diplomacy Seminar
  • ISCA opinion on Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby
    Photo: European Commission.  Three EU Commissioners took the first step to collaborate on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle with the Tartu Call, which they signed at the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU’s Seminar on Healthy Lifestyles on 22 September. What will be the next steps and who will follow? By signing the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle, the three Commissioners Tibor Navracsics, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Phil Hogan (represented at the event by Commissioner Mario Milouchev) took the first step to support the primary objective of the European Union “to promote peace and well-being of its citizens”. 15 fine actions are outlined by the three Commissioners as their efforts to support the promotion of a healthy lifestyle among the European citizens. In particular, one of the 15 actions has the potential to support the EU’s overall objective if it is unfolded and utilised to the full. Action 7 declares to take actions “Pursuing co-operations among relevant Commission services to coordinate actions to promote healthy lifestyles and related funding”. As simple as it may sound, such cross-sector collaboration has often proven to be a major barrier in physical activity promotion. And action should follow on from the commitments! ISCA would strongly recommend the following actions as a follow-up to the Tartu Call. And as always, we are committed to doing our part as well. This is why after each of the suggestions below we also make our commitment to action to make the Tartu declaration come to life! Ensuring future investment in physical activity and the sport sector via European Structural and Investment FundsEnsuring research in physical activity and sport participation themes within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programmeEnsuring double usage of open land for both production and recreation Ensuring future investment in physical activity and the sport sector via European Structural and Investment FundsInvestment in sport strongly supports the objectives of the European Structural and Investment Funds. The sport sector is a significant sector with a turnover the size of agriculture, fisheries and forestry combined, and at the same time it is a labour intensive sector, as the above report has found. Investment in sport and recreational physical activity will both stimulate economic activity and support the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Therefore, priority to investment in sport and recreational physical activity should be given in future European Structural and Investments funds. ISCA Commitment: To use the recent report on sport in structural funds as a backdrop toa) Lobby for European governments to prioritise sport and recreational physical activity in national priorities for the European Structural and Investment Fundsb) Activate our strong network of member organisations and partners to engage in both current and new projects in support of sport and recreational physical activity Ensuring research in physical activity and sport participation themes through the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programmeResearch and innovation in the promotion of healthy lifestyles are crucial to the quality and impact of the policies and actions in this field. A few studies and research projects on physical activity and sport participation have been supported by the comparatively minor Erasmus+: Sport programme. But topics supporting a healthy lifestyle – including sport and recreational physical activity – should be included and supported by the major European Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 – and beyond. ISCA Commitment: To establish more formal links between the research community and practitioners, including ISCA member organisations, to ensure relevance and maximised uptake of research results. Ensuring double usage of open land for both production and recreationThe nature and the outdoor environment are the European citizens’ preferred settings when it comes to a physically active lifestyle. Access to nature and the open land are therefore important for stimulating a more active lifestyle among European citizens. Almost 50% of the land in the European Union has a primary function for agriculture production and forestry. We acknowledge this primary function of the open land, but note that it is very important to see the open land as a double resource, where food production and recreational activities should co-exist. It is crucial that public access to open land, forests and rivers, lakes and seas, in particular, are ensured in policies and regulations and that measures are taken to stimulate national and local cooperation between agriculture, forestry production organisations and organisations promoting healthy and active lifestyles. ISCA Commitment: To describe and promote the principles for double use of land and share 10 good practices from the field. We find that the Tartu Call is a most welcome initiative from the three Commissioners. If we want to tackle the inactivity crisis in Europe, which an ISCA commissioned report by CEBR showed costs us more than 80 billion euros and 500,000 premature deaths every year, we need to step up. Step up and understand that while there is no quick fix, we should urgently invest much more in what is now proven as a workable solution with high return on investment – the promotion of physical activity for Europe’s citizens. Read more:Three European Commissioners Call for Healthy Lifestyle Initiative"City of good thoughts" inspires a new joint action call for a healthy lifestyle 
    ISCA opinion on Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby
  • ISCA President presents at Play the Game conference: Watch live
    This week, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby will speak in four sessions at the biennial Play the Game conference in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Besides covering the governance challenges in sport, Play the Game has a focus on the cultural and participation aspects of sport. Kirkeby is presenting at the following sessions and videos of most sessions are available live and on-demand on YouTube: Reform in sport: An inside job or an outside intervention? (Chair)10 years after the White Paper: What has the EU achieved in sport?Kazan Action Plan: Real action or words on paper?Who owns the future? The battle over new trends in sport "I am looking forward to three days of many unbelievable stories about organisations who challenge our values of good governance in sport, stories from whistle blowers and investigative journalists, as well as good presentations from our field of grassroots sport," he says. See the full programme here 
    ISCA President presents at Play the Game conference: Watch live
  • Save the dates: No Elevators Day and MOVE Week 2018
    The time to start planning your next No Elevators Day or MOVE Week event is now. The official dates for the NowWeMOVE campaign’s biggest events in the first half of 2018 are set: No Elevators Day will take place on 25 April and MOVE Week from 28 May-3 June. No Elevators Day encourages everyone to take the stairs instead of the elevator for their health and wellbeing. It is aimed at busy office workers, but anyone can take the chance to seal off an elevator or escalator in their community as a fun way to get their peers active. No Elevators Day will go global in 2018 – stay tuned for more information. MOVE Week was established in 2012, so 2018 will be the 7th edition. Thousands of events take place simultaneously across Europe in a week-long festival of sport and physical activity. They can include open door or “try-it” events at local clubs, walking events, fun runs, bike tours, street sport events, school sports events, company activities, activities organised for hard-to-reach groups – the possibilities are only limited to our imaginations! Anyone can register as a MOVE Agent: sport clubs, schools, individuals, municipalities, companies – anyone with an interest in promoting physical activity in their communities.Find out how you can get involved in No Elevators Day Download all the resources you need to organise your own MOVE Week event
    Save the dates: No Elevators Day and MOVE Week 2018
Season's Greetings from the ISCA Team: In 2018 we'll keep advocating for the Human Right to MOVE
Watch our 2017 Season's Greetings video here. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby looks ahead to 2018.  All year round, ISCA’s members are delivering accessible and affordable recreational sport and physical activities to millions of citizens across the world. Being able to deliver such a large amount of activities on an ongoing basis relies on three elements: A lot of devoted people – many of them working as volunteersWell-governed organisations with high capacities of leadershipStrong advocacy to ensure that individual organisations can keep delivering in the future Human resources – volunteers or paid staff – are very important, and we are all aware that having the right people on board is crucial. Good governance is becoming increasingly important. We see a lot of governance problems among the major international sport organisations that focus on professional sport. Some of these still have a long way to go towards demonstrating good governance. But good governance in the recreational sport and physical activity sector is actually more important than how the international professional sport organisations perform. The simple reason is that the grassroots sport organisations deliver activities to many more people on a daily basis than elite sport. I am of the opinion that our abilities to properly govern and lead the organisations that so many citizens benefit from and depend on is vital to the existence of our sector. AdvocacyThe third crucial element is advocacy. Advocacy is the term that includes the many ways of promoting our sector and convincing relevant stakeholders that our activities and missions are important. For many ISCA members, public political institutions at a municipal or state level are significant targets for this advocacy, but it could also be other stakeholders, such as potential partners or sponsors, that are the key to their growth and prosperity. Climb the agendasKnowing that grassroots sport and recreational physical activity are not at the top of the political agenda, there are two primary ways to deal with advocacy: You can promote your case and own agenda or you can ‘jump onto’ higher ranking agendas. Many organisations do a very good job in promoting their activities. However, in some cases it is needed to utilise other sectors or ‘hot’ political topics to gain more momentum. For example, our ‘Moving People’ sector strongly contributes to public health, education, the environment and employment. Advocacy is about making these connections clear to decision makers. Advocating for the Human Right to Move is about showing that delivering accessible and affordable recreational sport and physical activities to millions of citizens is part of the solution. So why not invest more in this solution!  

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The 6th European edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week was on 29 May-4 June 2017. Stay tuned for the dates for 2018. and MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil) took place from 23-30 September 2017.

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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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