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  • Booming inactivity rate, growing target group – how can you help the elderly MOVE?
    Join the debate at the first MOVING Age network conference The expected impact of demographic changes on society has raised the topic of active ageing high on political agendas all over the world. Despite the overwhelmingly positive evidence of the benefits of physical activity, rates of physical inactivity among elderly people remain unacceptably high (up to 70% of the over 55 age group, according to the Eurobarometer 2013 survey). The challenge of promoting physical activity to elderly people is too big for one stakeholder only and even for the sport sector alone! Building constructive partnerships between different stakeholders and sectors is the natural step forward. That is why ISCA created the MOVING Age network. Launched in Rome in October 2014, the MOVING Age network’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices in sport and physical activity for elderly people. The network now has 28 partners.' Now we are pleased to invite you to the first MOVING Age conference in the beautiful city of Gent, Belgium, from 30 April-2 May 2015. The conference will be hosted by a consortium of the Belgian MOVING Age partners and is open to all entities from inside and outside the sport-sector with an interest in promoting physical activity and sport among elderly people. The conference programme will feature workshops covering the following topics: • Strategic approaches to recruiting more inactive elderly people to sport and physical activity programmes. Including theory and best practice examples of triggering changes in behaviour.• Progressing from strategic planning to effective implementation of programmes for elderly people in different settings.• New developments in physical activity programmes for elderly people.• Creating cross-sector networks for physical activity promotion among elderly people.• Developing the competences of instructors delivering physical activity programs for elderly people. The aim of the MOVING Age Conference is to promote communication and interaction among participants, speakers and moderators by using a blend of traditional and innovative methods and techniques. All participants will be asked to share opinions, questions and examples. Your presence will be of great relevance to valorising our proposal to discuss one of the most important topics at present “sport and physical activity for elderly people”. We would be very happy to see you at the MOVING Age Conference and look forward to hearing from you. You can find more practical information below.On behalf of the organising partners,  Herbert Hartmann                 Mogens KirkebyISCA Vice President               ISCA president  For all of the practical details, please read the PDF below.
    Booming inactivity rate, growing target group – how can you help the elderly MOVE?
  • MOVE Quality organisations embark on journey of change
    Next week four organisations involved in ISCA’s ongoing project MOVE Quality will set out on an exciting journey. The end destination? Back at the helm of their physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach target groups with their very own theory of change in the bag. So what is a “theory of change” and how can organisations come up with one for themselves? “Making a theory of change essentially involves drawing a picture of why your project should succeed,” MOVE Quality project manager Hanne Müller explains. “It outlines the pathways that lead towards the change you are trying to achieve in your community or elsewhere. It also describes the relationship between the target groups you are serving, the outcomes you are aiming for and how you expect these outcomes to come about.” In this way, a theory of change can be a powerful tool for gaining more clarity on what you do and why, for measuring the results and impact of your project and for communicating these to your funders and stakeholders. Not surprisingly then, expectations are high among the participating organistions of what a theory of change can offer them. “As an organisation we are always keen to explore new ways of working to increase the effectiveness and impact of what we do,” Lauren Logan, health development officer at South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (SLLC), Scotland, says. SLLC is using the MOVE Quality development process to refine its adult weight management programme, Weigh to Go. “Like many of our partners and colleagues across Europe working in the area of health enhancing physical activity, we regularly find ourselves under pressure to produce more outcomes, often with less financial resources. By going through the theory of change process, we hope to improve our current processes, making them more streamlined and focused, in order to maximise efficiency.” Aside from SLLC, the other three organisations involved in this thematic working area of the MOVE Quality process are Associação CAIS, Portugal, Aston Sports and Community Club, UK, CORSCPM, France, and Association Sport for all Serbia, and during the process they will all work closely with inFocus, a consultancy company specialised in social impact measurement. MOVE Quality focuses on initiatives that are targeting hard-to-reach populations and seeks to improve prioritised aspects of the projects to make them better at reaching and engaging hard to reach populations in sport and physical activity. If you think this kind of organisational development could also be beneficial to your organisation, then look out for the next call for applications for MOVE Quality, which ISCA will publish in June 2015. Find out more about MOVE Quality at the official website here 
    MOVE Quality organisations embark on journey of change
  • EVS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2015-2016
    ISCA CALLS FOR APPLICANTS TO BECOME A EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER IN ISCA 2015-2016! This is your opportunity to experience something new, broaden your horizons, discover a different culture and gain experience in the field of international youth, sport and culture. Seize the opportunity to become an EVS volunteer with ISCA in Denmark! The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is looking for 2 volunteers to join the team in the office for a period of 12 months starting 1 September 2015. There are three working areas we currently offer to our volunteers:1)      ISCA projects. ISCA engages member organisations and other partners in projects within the present priority topics. You will be part of a team organising events and activities in externally funded projects with topics such as physical activity and health, physical Activity and education, health-enhancing physical activity, sport and physical activity for disadvantaged groups, youth training and active ageing.See for instance: http://www.isca-web.org/english/aboutisca/ournetworks0/movingage,http://www.isca-web.org/english/otherinitiatives/movequality, http://www.isca-web.org/english/otherinitiatives/movetransfer 2)      ISCA MOVE Congress. ISCA has organised the MOVE Congress annually since 2009. You will be part of a team that coordinates this major event, giving input to the planning, communications, recruitment and logistics.See for instance: www.movecongress.com and www.move2013.info.3)      NowWeMove campaign and MOVE Week. You will be part of this pan-European campaign organised by ISCA and its partners, in particular with a view to marketing, event organisation, country-specific promotion, etc. See more at www.nowwemove.com and www.moveweek.eu.You will therefore be able to challenge yourself in tasks such as:Event organisationCommunication and marketingAnalysis and reportingFundraisingProject managementPhysical activity promotion… You can read more about ISCA here: www.isca-web.org The applicants should be self-motivated, enthusiastic and energetic young people between 20 and 30 years old.If you are interested in this opportunity please send your CV and letter of interest (indicating your motivation and key competences) latest 29 March to Merle Schops at ms@isca-web.org. Add at the subject of your e-mail "EVS 2015-2016".We will communicate with all candidates before 24 April and let you know if you are invited for an interview.In case you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Merle Schops at e-mail: ms@isca-web.org, tel.: 0045 20 92 86 53 Find out more about this opportunity on our website:  http://isca-web.org/english/youth/evseuropeanvoluntaryservice/evsiniscahttp://www.isca-web.org/english/youth/evseuropeanvoluntaryservice/evsstoriesFor general information on EVS:  http://ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/mobility/european-voluntary-service_en.htm
    EVS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2015-2016
  • 20th anniversary special feature: Three long-standing members tell how their journey with ISCA began
    We announced earlier this month that ISCA is celebrating 20 years of Moving People and working together with grassroots sport organisations around the world that have the same ambition. So what better opportunity to take a closer look at some of the organisations, people and developments in the physical activity that have been part of ISCA’s journey so far? This month we take a step back in time with three of our longest standing members, Nemunas (Lithuanian Sport and Culture Association), Czech Sokol Organization and the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) to find out how their own journeys with ISCA began. Photo above: (L-R) Kestutis Levickis (Nemunas), Vladimir Dostal (Czech Sokol Organization) and Herbert Hartmann (DTB) Nemunas (Lithuanian Sport and Culture Association)There from before the beginning – how is that possible?Kestutis Levickis, the Chairman of Nemunas (Lithuanian Sport and Culture Association), was there when ISCA held its foundation meeting on 10 February 1995. In fact, he was part of ISCA before ISCA was even born. How is that so? It all started with his involvement with Danish sport for all association DGI, which put the ISCA’s establishment into motion: “In 1992, DGI and Nemunas had their first meeting in Vilnius, after that in Copenhagen,” he explains. “That was where we made our acquaintance with Holger Vestergaard, from DGI international. In 1993 Holger came to Vilnius and he talked about a future international grassroots sport organisation, which became what we now know as ISCA. We met again with others in Denmark in 1994 to talk about ISCA’s vision and objectives. So in 1995, I took part in the first ISCA General Assembly representing Lithuania. I am an ISCA signatory and Nemunas became an ISCA member this way.” When Nemunas joined ISCA it was a relatively young organisation and next year it will celebrate its 25th anniversary. So it goes without saying that Nemunas has shared much of its history with ISCA, including collaborating on several ISCA projects, hosting three ISCA executive committee meetings in Vilnius and organising three open sport and culture festivals together. “In 1996 we even changed the Nemunas name and we are now officially called Lithuanian Sport andCulture Association ‘Nemunas’,” Levickis says.  Czech (Czechoslovak) Sokol OrganizationISCA membership builds on long-awaited return to sport for all movementThe Czech Sokol Organization was established on almost the same day as ISCA – 133 years earlier. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012 and has expanded from the Czech Republic to Western Europe, the US and Australia through Sokol affiliated organisations. Its long history in the grassroots sport sector suffered an abrupt interruption in 1948, when the communist regime banned its activities: “The Czech Sokol Organization was re-established in 1990 after more than 40 years of being forbidden by the communist regime,” says Vladimir Dostal, Czech Sokol Organisation Head of International Affairs. “We quickly restarted our rich array of sport and cultural activities and what helped us carry on were the Sokol organizations throughout the world that had kept Sokol’s ideas and programs going over those years.” Just five years after its return to the sector, the Czech Sokol Organization became a founding member of ISCA. This was a perfect opportunity for the organisation to regain lost ground in Europe, Dostal explains. “What we missed when we joined ISCA was contacts to other European organisations and sport for all movements with whom we could cooperate and share our knowledge, skills and experience. Therefore we welcomed the establishment of a worldwide organisation like ISCA, which offered us membership and, at the same time, participation in various interesting projects and programs where we could both learn a lot and share our know-how with others.” The organisation is now thriving with over 180,000 members and offers over 80 different types of sports plus cultural activities such as theatre and art. Like Nemunas, it has also hosted a number of ISCA meetings, seminars and workshops and has embraced ISCA’s projects as away to expand its work even further. “ISCA’s projects have often offered us something new and strengthened our capacity in areas such as sports management, education of sport leaders, health oriented projects, youth sport and sport for seniors,” Dostal says. One of these projects is ISCA’s MOVE Transfer initiative, which will see DTB’s Active Age programme being implemented in the Czech Republic via Czech Sokol Organization later in 2015.  German Gymnastics Federation (DTB)Putting health and fitness on the agenda – both nationally and internationallyISCA Vice President Herbert Hartmann was the Vice President of the German Gymnastics Federation when ISCA began. Joining an international umbrella organisation for grassroots sport like ISCA was not a priority for DTB back then, but Hartmann was insistent that it could help the large organisation follow its ambition to grow in the field of health and fitness: “In the late ’90s we got an invitation to join ISCA, but at that moment the German Gymnastics Federation decided not to join because it was more natural for it to be part of the International Gymnastics Federation,” Hartmann explains. “But from my point of view, the International Gymnastics Federation not really pursuing the activities we put in focus. For instance, we offered target group-related activities for children and elderly people, and at that time we were also very active in the field of health and fitness. The International Gymnastics Federation was not so interested in these topics. So that was the reason I could convince my board to join ISCA and I think it was in 2000 that we joined.” ISCA and DTB have worked extensively on projects led by each organisation, including DTB’s EU preparatory actions-supported Active Age project and ISCA’s DG SANCO-supported MOVE Project. Aside from DTB’s involvement in MOVE Transfer, the organisations’ current collaboration is on DTB’s new Erasmus+ project, the European Fitness Badge. DTB has not only used its ISCA membership to gain international inspiration and expand its own activities, it has also helped shape ISCA’s work in health enhancing physical activity and active ageing. ISCA’s new MOVING Age network is a testament to the organisations’ dynamic collaboration in these fields.  Start your own journey with ISCAISCA is its members, its members are ISCA. Each of these organisations has shown that being part of ISCA has helped push them forward in their own work in the grassroots sport sector. Their valuable input in hosting ISCA events, contributing to ISCA projects and bringing new perspectives on grassroots sport to our international network also shows how much ISCA has benefited from their active membership. Join us and become part of the next 20 years of our journey. Click here to find out how  
    20th anniversary special feature: Three long-standing members tell how their journey with ISCA began
  • Registration open for winter sport for all festival in Serbia
    ISCA member Association Sport for All Serbia is ready to host its 23rd Ski Fest on the Kopaonik mountain range in central Serbia on 18-22 March 2015. The programme features competitions for age groups ranging from students to veterans, training courses, entertainment and free skiing. The event will also take other sports, such as volleyball and mini football into the snow, with all participants invited to join in the fun. The Ski Fest packages cost €168 or €190 depending on the hotel preferred and participants can register at Association Sport for All Serbia’s website or by contacting the association directly. The event is supported by the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports and Sports Federation of Serbia. See the full programme, pricing and accommodation details in the PDF below or check out Association Sport for All Serbia’s website (in Serbian) for more information on the event.  
    Registration open for winter sport for all festival in Serbia
Booming inactivity rate, growing target group – how can you help the elderly MOVE?
Join the debate at the first MOVING Age network conference The expected impact of demographic changes on society has raised the topic of active ageing high on political agendas all over the world. Despite the overwhelmingly positive evidence of the benefits of physical activity, rates of physical inactivity among elderly people remain unacceptably high (up to 70% of the over 55 age group, according to the Eurobarometer 2013 survey). The challenge of promoting physical activity to elderly people is too big for one stakeholder only and even for the sport sector alone! Building constructive partnerships between different stakeholders and sectors is the natural step forward. That is why ISCA created the MOVING Age network. Launched in Rome in October 2014, the MOVING Age network’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices in sport and physical activity for elderly people. The network now has 28 partners.' Now we are pleased to invite you to the first MOVING Age conference in the beautiful city of Gent, Belgium, from 30 April-2 May 2015. The conference will be hosted by a consortium of the Belgian MOVING Age partners and is open to all entities from inside and outside the sport-sector with an interest in promoting physical activity and sport among elderly people. The conference programme will feature workshops covering the following topics: • Strategic approaches to recruiting more inactive elderly people to sport and physical activity programmes. Including theory and best practice examples of triggering changes in behaviour.• Progressing from strategic planning to effective implementation of programmes for elderly people in different settings.• New developments in physical activity programmes for elderly people.• Creating cross-sector networks for physical activity promotion among elderly people.• Developing the competences of instructors delivering physical activity programs for elderly people. The aim of the MOVING Age Conference is to promote communication and interaction among participants, speakers and moderators by using a blend of traditional and innovative methods and techniques. All participants will be asked to share opinions, questions and examples. Your presence will be of great relevance to valorising our proposal to discuss one of the most important topics at present “sport and physical activity for elderly people”. We would be very happy to see you at the MOVING Age Conference and look forward to hearing from you. You can find more practical information below.On behalf of the organising partners,  Herbert Hartmann                 Mogens KirkebyISCA Vice President               ISCA president  For all of the practical details, please read the PDF below.

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