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  • New online resource helps sports clubs promote the health benefits of their activities
    Competition is no longer the main priority for the 21st century sports club. Demonstrating the health benefits of their activities is an increasingly valuable way to attract and retain members. The Finnish Olympic Committee’s Erasmus+ supported Sports Club for Health project, in which ISCA is a partner, launched its new interactive online resource for sports clubs at its closing seminar at the European Parliament on 25 April in Brussels. The resource, featured on the project’s website www.scforh.info offers evidence-based guidelines for sports clubs to help them accentuate the health-enhancing potential of their activities. Eerika Laalo-Häikiö from the Finnish Swimming Association says the guidelines helped them focus their strategy on promoting swimming as a sport that is good for your health. “We were going to update our strategy towards 2020 and at the same time the demand for health-enhancing physical activity had gone up tremendously, and also the Ministry of Education had started to lift up the role of sport organisations in health-enhancing physical activity,” she says. “With the Sports Club for Health project we included in our strategy some of the main issues, and one of our core promises is to provide health and wellbeing in our swimming clubs. We started from first increasing awareness... As swimming is very good for your health, our aim is that all of the clubs know what swimming does for your health and how we are already providing health-enhancing activities.” The Sports Club for Health guidelines for integrating a health perspective in clubs and the electronic resource that guides sport associations in taking a more strategic approach along these lines, is underpinned by many good practice examples across seven areas from planning to implementation and promotion (shown in the diagram below). Around 50 participants from the European Parliament, the European Commission’s Sport Unit, international sport federations and other stakeholders attended the project’s closing conference in Brussels. The enthusiastic turnout highlighted the widespread recognition of the sport sector as an important stakeholder in promoting health-enhancing physical activities. Several of the sports-political statements made at the event also emphasised this view. To find out more about the Sports Club for Health project and guidelines, please visit www.scforh.info By Herbert Hartmann and Rachel Payne, ISCA 
    New online resource helps sports clubs promote the health benefits of their activities
  • Get active this MOVE Week 2017
    Whereas Darwin’s rule claims that only the fittest survive, MOVE Week in 2017 supports all kinds of physical activity. Let’s show the world that grassroots-level sport and physical activity is the sustainable way to get people moving. This year, MOVE Week will take place from 29 May to 4 June. Initiated by ISCA, the sixth MOVE Week gathers a broad network of MOVE Agents (event organisers) and National Coordinators (main contact points for MOVE Agents), which include sports clubs, health providers, cities or towns, schools and universities, leisure centres, companies – any organisation or individual who is interested in MOVING PEOPLE! We welcome everyone to think globally and act locally: get inspired by other ideas and implement them in your own community. This way, no one has an excuse but to join the MOVEment. Michal Siewniak from Active East Herts in the UK tells us why he has been part of MOVE Week as a MOVE Agent since 2014: “The MOVE Week creates an environment which helps to break down barriers, tackle social inclusion and improves community relations. The MOVE Week initiative aims to continue the great feeling of community and coming together that sport inspires and helps to create sustainable element to volunteering and sport participation. It also helps to raise the profile of clubs involved, recruits new volunteers and demonstrates the positive impact of sport and physical activity participation on our communities,” he says. With three weeks to go, it’s now time to start planning. If you are unsure what would be the right event that would move people from passively sitting to actively participating, we have some suggestions: 1) Think of your surroundings: there might be a local sport facility, basketball court, or an open field that is made for physical activity and exercising.2) All kinds of MOVEment are good: your event does not have to be overly complicated. Whether they are children and adults – they all want to play.3) Find a suitable time for the target group: if you are organising an event for students, collaborate with the school. It might be possible to plan a school sport day. If you want to gather the whole community, an event on a weekend might be the best solution. Register your event at moveweek.eu and download our free resources to help you get started. European MOVE Agents, please feel free to contact your National Coordinator for more details. 
    Get active this MOVE Week 2017
  • Philosophical “father” of ISCA has passed away
    We are sad to inform that Prof Dr Henning Eichberg has passed away (1.12.1942 – 22.4.2017). Henning was often called the “philosophical father of ISCA” and he contributed to the foundation of ISCA from his position as a researcher in people, culture, democracy and Sport for All. Henning joined many of the first meetings in the process of founding ISCA and he was as well represented at the first formal meeting of ISCA Latin America, which took place in Vila la Angostura, Argentina in 1998. Henning was born in Schlesien, East Germany, his family moved to Hamburg in 1950, and he moved to Denmark in 1982. He was extremely productive and published several books and hundreds of articles in journals in 17 different languages. Two books in particular are related to our work, “The People of Democracy” and “Bodily Democracy – Towards a philosophy of Sport for All”. The name International Sport and Culture Association is steeped in Eichberg’s philosophy and alternative idea of sport. A culture of being, culture of movement, “folkelig sport og idræt” (Danish words for popular sport and sport/recreation for all”) and amateurism were terms commonly used in early ISCA documents. Eichberg specialised in the notion of a “third way of sports”. The first was mainstream achievement/elite sports, the second was sport for health, and the third way was mass participation sport as part of popular culture and civic movement. “Sport is not only sport, but social culture. And there is not only one sport, but there exist as many sports as there are cultures and socialities in a given society,” he wrote in 1994. “Popular sport as a third way contributes to cultural identity by association and festivity, by togetherness in grassroots activity and in ‘schools for life’.” With the death of Henning we have lost the ‘ISCA philosopher’ but his playful, democratic and joyful spirit remain. In the spirit of Henning Eichberg, ISCA has made a donation to the "Society for Threatened Peoples". You can read more about Henning Eichberg here and not least the lecture he gave at the first meeting of ISCA Latin America in Argentina in 1998. By Mogens Kirkeby and Rachel Payne, ISCA 
    Philosophical “father” of ISCA has passed away
  • European Fitness Badge a new measurement tool for physical activity trainers
    ISCA is a partner in the Germany Gymnastics Federation’s (DTB) Erasmus+ supported European Fitness Badge project, which has now launched the tool for physical activity trainers. If you are an instructor of any kind of physical training you will want to learn more about the new European Fitness Badge. You can use the badge to improve your knowledge about the fitness status of your group. You can give individualised advice to your clients. You can also increase the engagement of your group members in physical activity. The first level of the badge can also be used to motivate and convince inactive people to adopt a more active lifestyle. The European Fitness Badge is a tool to measure fitness. It has three different levels: Basic, Advanced and Approved. ISCA's Laska Nenova demonstrates one of the basic level exercises in the picture above. Every test is easy to set up according to your own equipment and facilities. It are easy to carry out the tests and they are designed to be fun. The tests have been developed by a professional team from all over Europe. The participant’s ability to move is tested through strength, endurance, coordination and flexibility exercises. The test also focuses on factors such as posture and body composition. The basic test is for inactive or senior citizens and is basically function-oriented, for example climbing the stairs to the third floor, standing on one leg and balancing on one leg. The other two test profiles are performance-oriented, for example how many push-ups can the participant do in 40 seconds or how high can they jump and reach. All test items are evaluated according to age and gender specific references. Whenever the test is executed you can easily enter all the test results into the European Fitness Badge database. All data is of course anonymous and you will receive a special code to access it. Afterwards you can either print or send by email a certificate and a feedback sheet with the outcome of the test. The point is to use this feedback to increase knowledge on how to improve physical health and to motivate and give personal counselling. Since the European Fitness Badge has three levels, it is suitable for everyone. The aim is to encourage behaviour change in the direction of health enhancing exercise and physical activity. The aim of the badge is also to encourage exercise groups, teams and members of sports clubs to maintain their healthy lifestyle. You can read more about the European Fitness Badge on our website, where you can also find support to implement the European Fitness Badge in your country. I wish you the best of luck and please contact the organisation in your country for more details. By the German Gymnastics Federation
    European Fitness Badge a new measurement tool for physical activity trainers
  • Birmingham to host MOVE Congress 2017
    We are pleased to announce that the UK city of Birmingham will host the 8th MOVE Congress from 4-6 October 2017. One of the world’s only conferences dedicated to recreational sport and physical activity, the MOVE Congress is a highlight of the MOVE calendar and registration will open in mid-May. This year’s MOVE Congress celebrates the “Human Right to MOVE”, as this will be the central theme of the conference, featuring sessions tackling topics such as new ways of imagining active outdoors spaces, integration of refugees through sport and outside-the-box approaches to physical activity in schools. The last MOVE Congress was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2015 at the street sport facility GAME. This year, our partners Birmingham City Council, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, StreetGames and Wild Network are bringing the event to the UK for the first time. Birmingham is a city that is leaping forward in physical activity promotion, proving it has successful strategies to reach some of the hardest to reach members of the community through innovative physical activity initiatives such as Active Parks, Big Birmingham Bikes, Active Streets, and other forms of free physical activity, both inside and outdoors. Karen Creavin, the Head of Birmingham Wellbeing Services at Birmingham City Council, says the MOVE Congress complements the work her city is doing to help hard-to-reach citizens become more active. "We are very excited to work with colleagues from ISCA to host this inspiring congress. Here in Birmingham we are working hard to combat the impact of inequalities and work with some of our most deprived communities to get people active and connected. To be able to host a congress on such an inspiring issue ‘The Human Right to Move’ and to be able to showcase some of the work we are doing here in the city, these are both great opportunities and we know the city will rise to the occasion," she says. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby says the value of the MOVE Congress is about bringing stakeholders from around the world around the same cause. “The MOVE Congress was developed to create an international platform that provides knowledge, inspiration and networks to stakeholders influencing and supporting increased participation in grassroots sport and recreational physical activity. It is the aim of the MOVE Congress to be an open space for sharing successes and challenges to foster innovative and successful future actions promoting a physically active lifestyle. The MOVE Congress is all about Moving People!” The International Sport and Culture Association’s General Assembly will follow the MOVE Congress on Saturday 7 October. We will re-launch the MOVE Congress website in mid-May and invite international stakeholders in physical activity to be part of the most active forum for professionals and volunteers in our field. By Rachel Payne, ISCA
    Birmingham to host MOVE Congress 2017
New online resource helps sports clubs promote the health benefits of their activities
Competition is no longer the main priority for the 21st century sports club. Demonstrating the health benefits of their activities is an increasingly valuable way to attract and retain members. The Finnish Olympic Committee’s Erasmus+ supported Sports Club for Health project, in which ISCA is a partner, launched its new interactive online resource for sports clubs at its closing seminar at the European Parliament on 25 April in Brussels. The resource, featured on the project’s website www.scforh.info offers evidence-based guidelines for sports clubs to help them accentuate the health-enhancing potential of their activities. Eerika Laalo-Häikiö from the Finnish Swimming Association says the guidelines helped them focus their strategy on promoting swimming as a sport that is good for your health. “We were going to update our strategy towards 2020 and at the same time the demand for health-enhancing physical activity had gone up tremendously, and also the Ministry of Education had started to lift up the role of sport organisations in health-enhancing physical activity,” she says. “With the Sports Club for Health project we included in our strategy some of the main issues, and one of our core promises is to provide health and wellbeing in our swimming clubs. We started from first increasing awareness... As swimming is very good for your health, our aim is that all of the clubs know what swimming does for your health and how we are already providing health-enhancing activities.” The Sports Club for Health guidelines for integrating a health perspective in clubs and the electronic resource that guides sport associations in taking a more strategic approach along these lines, is underpinned by many good practice examples across seven areas from planning to implementation and promotion (shown in the diagram below). Around 50 participants from the European Parliament, the European Commission’s Sport Unit, international sport federations and other stakeholders attended the project’s closing conference in Brussels. The enthusiastic turnout highlighted the widespread recognition of the sport sector as an important stakeholder in promoting health-enhancing physical activities. Several of the sports-political statements made at the event also emphasised this view. To find out more about the Sports Club for Health project and guidelines, please visit www.scforh.info By Herbert Hartmann and Rachel Payne, ISCA 

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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.

 

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