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  • ISCA moves in the air and all over the world
    Last year ISCA facilitated 372 flights for its employees, member organisations and stakeholders, counting up to 1285 travel days. “In other words, every day of the year on average, two people take a trip out or return with the aim of MOVING people,” the ISCA secretary general Jacob Schouenborg says. Speaking of travelling, the year of 2014 was dedicated to the MOVE Congress in Rome, the kick-off meeting for MOVE Week National Coordinators and the ACTIVE Network project’s closing conference in Birmingham, advocacy activities in Brussels, and other aspects of the NowWeMOVE campaign, such as MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer. With 180 member organisations from 74 countries representing about 40 million people from 5 continents, ISCA operates within time and space as effectively as possible to fulfil its mission. We hope 2015 will bring even more amazing figures! 
    ISCA moves in the air and all over the world
  • NowWeMOVE National Coordinators share success and inspiration in snowy Sofia
    From 6-8 March 2015, 50 participants from 33 different organisations, including 28 National Coordinators representing 32 European countries, met in snow-covered Sofia in Bulgaria to share ideas and empower each other’s efforts to get more people in their countries physically active. The main topic on the agenda was the NowWeMOVE campaign and, specifically, how to measure the campaign’s impact in 2014 and share these results in effective ways. The three days of interactive discussion were packed with inspirational presentations of good practices from 2014 and workshops on fundraising, creating partnerships, digital marketing, public relations, press relations and other strategic tips delivered by ISCA staff and the new NowWeMOVE PR team, Salve. The coordinators left Bulgaria motivated to implement what they had learned within their respective countries, as Serbia, Montenegro and Srypska’s National Coordinator, Marina Ivanovic, explained: “The atmosphere at the meeting was inspiring. There were many new faces, which was great and refreshing for brainstorming and networking. We gained new knowledge about marketing, and how important PR and media attention are for us to succeed in our common goal. The fundraising workshop was also useful for us to identify the sources and target sponsors.” The weekend also showcased the great Balkan hospitality, as the participants had the chance to visit a traditional Bulgarian restaurant where, besides tasting the delicious food, all guests were entertained with traditional dances from the Balkan region and were even invited to join in! Now that is what we call Finding Your MOVE! Gathering with like-minded advocates for active living prompted the participants to reflect on why they are part of the NowWeMOVE campaign and what the motivating factors are for their organisations to contribute to the promotion of physical activity. MOVE Woman First-time National Coordinator, Damian Witkowski from Poland, shared why he wants to be involved in Europe’s biggest physical activity campaign: “I’m a big fan of sport and I want to show people how much fun they can discover through physical activity. MOVE Week is the best vehicle to do this for two reasons: First, we recruit MOVE Agents, people who organise sport events and have the same passion as us; and the second reason is that people will want to be more active if they can find a physical activity that is suited to them. MOVE Week is an important part of the bigger picture in Europe, so by taking part I can contribute a piece of success to something big.” The meeting was great success and with all the new ideas and things learned the National Coordinators are ready to MOVE their countries and bring us closer to the vision of 100 million more Europeans MOVING! Keep on moving! By Vizma Bramane and Marie Grillet, ISCA 
    NowWeMOVE National Coordinators share success and inspiration in snowy Sofia
  • 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
ISCA moves in the air and all over the world
Last year ISCA facilitated 372 flights for its employees, member organisations and stakeholders, counting up to 1285 travel days. “In other words, every day of the year on average, two people take a trip out or return with the aim of MOVING people,” the ISCA secretary general Jacob Schouenborg says. Speaking of travelling, the year of 2014 was dedicated to the MOVE Congress in Rome, the kick-off meeting for MOVE Week National Coordinators and the ACTIVE Network project’s closing conference in Birmingham, advocacy activities in Brussels, and other aspects of the NowWeMOVE campaign, such as MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer. With 180 member organisations from 74 countries representing about 40 million people from 5 continents, ISCA operates within time and space as effectively as possible to fulfil its mission. We hope 2015 will bring even more amazing figures! 

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NowWeMOVE is a European-wide campaign to promote sport and physical activity. The cross-sector vision of the campaign to get “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020”. MOVE Week is an annual Europe-wide event and an integral part of the NowWeMOVE campaign. This year, MOVE Week will take place from 29 September to 5 October.

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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 Quality Mark.

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