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  • Back to the grassroots: Council of Europe’s needed refocus on sport for all
    ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby comments With the adoption of the report “Sport for all: a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion”, the Council of Europe recommends EU’s member states to refocus the priorities of their sports policies towards sport participation and collaboration between public institutions. When the Sport for All charter was adopted back in 1975, the Council of Europe made a clear statement that it would focus on participation and the fundamental right to participate. It was an important position back then. However, with the fast growing commercialisation of sport and emerging problems such as doping, examples of very bad governance and match fixing, the participation agenda has come under pressure. Seen from a grassroots sport perspective, the report’s content and timing are encouraging. We take it as a clear signal that there remains a will to give sport participation – and not just competitive sport – a more prominent place on the Council of Europe member states’ sport agenda, and to make sport for all not only a wish but a reality. The report states:1. Sport is one of the most popular activities in our societies and is by far the most prevalent in the voluntary sector. In addition to the improvement in physical and mental well-being brought about by engaging in physical activity, sport plays an important role for social cohesion by providing opportunities for meetings and exchanges between people of different gender, abilities and nationality or from different cultures, thereby strengthening the culture of “living together”. But the Assembly underlines that sport for all is not a reality for all citizens, as vulnerable groups in particular have many barriers that prevent them from taking part, and it therefore recommends to: .... refocus the priorities of their sports policies to highlight the contribution of sport to achieving the objectives of other policies, including those on health, social cohesion, education, youth, non-discrimination, and the reception and integration of migrants;…. strengthen the collaboration of public institutions working in these areas, especially when they are in contact with young people and vulnerable groups, and increase the synergies between their activities and those of sports organisations so that the various stakeholders play an active role together in combating all forms of discrimination in sport. This is why cross-sector collaboration is needed, to mobilise resources and enhance synergies with related sectors and initiatives. In other words, we need a mainstreaming of grassroots sport and physical activity in other policy agendas. The report’s messages and recommendations are encouraging and we hope that both the Council of Europe member States are listening, and that the Council of Europe’s own sport collaboration within the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) takes stock of the direct recommendation and balances participation initiatives with dominating agendas such as anti-doping and match-fixing. Read the adopted Council of Europe report Sport for all: a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion 
    Back to the grassroots: Council of Europe’s needed refocus on sport for all
  • Copenhagen to host activity and health-enhancing physical environments conference
    The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation will host a one-day conference on activity- and health-enhancing physical environments in communities and urban settings on 1 September. The conference will be in English and feature speakers from Europe and the US. Registration is open and costs €67.50 including lunch and coffee breaks. For more information on the conference and how to register, please download the PDF below.
    Copenhagen to host activity and health-enhancing physical environments conference
  • Save the dates! Get ready for the Journey of Hope, FlashMOVE and European Fitness Day
    We spent the first half of the year avoiding the elevators and moving all around the continent during MOVE Week. And the summer months will find us working to prepare a cross border cycling tour (Journey of Hope), and Europe’s biggest simultaneous flash mob (FlashMOVE) and most active day of year (European Fitness Day). With these three NowWeMOVE events featuring on the official European Week of Sport 2016 programme, there will be plenty of opportunities to find your move this autumn. Journey of Hope: 18 August-17 SeptemberThis year’s NowWeBike event is called “Journey of Hope”, giving Europeans an opportunity to join any stage of the cross-border cycling tour they wish and promote physical activity, active transport and peaceful mobility while they ride. On 18 August, a Turkish team of cyclists will start their 31-day journey from Copenhagen, crossing the border of 7 countries (Denmark, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria) and riding along 9 EuroVelo routes for a total distance of 2,530 km. On 10 September the tour will arrive in Kosice for the opening event of the European Week of Sport (EWoS), and the journey will finish on the last day of EWoS on 17 September in Vienna. FlashMOVE: 10 SeptemberThe official opening event of the European Week of Sport will be happening across the whole continent at the same time. How? The fourth edition of the FlashMOVE will take place on 10 September at 11:00 C.E.T, where thousands of volunteers will take to city squares and other public spaces to do a surprise dance that will be sure to move to all passers-by. This year the FlashMOVE music and choreography will be led by ISCA and its members the Sports Union of Slovenia (dance) and Sport Malta (music). European Fitness Day: 15 SeptemberEuropean Fitness Day will make 15 September the most active day of the year. Inspired by the UK’s National Fitness Day, organised by ukactive since 2014, ISCA’s partners, including ukactive, the German Gymnastics Federation, Sports Union of Slovenia, BG Be Active and Eurofitness, will invite their members, partners, physical activity stakeholders and the public to engage in the “most active day in Europe”. Fitness centres, sports and health clubs will organise activities such as open doors and try-it sessions of dancing, martial arts, spinning, and much more. All of these events are co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme and promote the #BeActive message. Look out for the official event websites, to be launched in early July. Stay tuned and don’t let our trees’ leaves be the only thing moving this autumn.By Maria Lourdes Gonzalez, ISCA 
    Save the dates! Get ready for the Journey of Hope, FlashMOVE and European Fitness Day
  • MOVE Week 2016 defies the odds with 2000 events
    The first spring edition of the European MOVE Week saw 2000 events taking place across the continent. Despite the challenge of moving the NowWeMOVE campaign’s biggest event of the year from September/October to May, and having little preparation time after last year’s MOVE Week, our National Coordinators and MOVE Agents succeeded in gathering support and eager participants in their communities. ISCA youth officer and data manager Eleana Velentza shares some highlights from our National Coordinators. In Bulgaria 166 MOVE Agents organised 267 events in 95 cities, with contributions from municipalities, including Plovdiv, Pomorie, Chepelare and Montana. The MOVE Agents were assisted by 300 volunteers and moved more than 34,000 participants during the week. MOVEWeekend featured as a flagship event for the second year in a row in five Bulgarian cities. With positive engagement from local citizens, MOVEWeekend is tipped to become a regular event on the NowWeMOVE calendar. Croatia’s MOVE Agents succeeded in organising, with numerous partners from different sectors, 103 events involving almost 6500 citizens from various backgrounds and ages. Through the initiative “Physical Activity as the Cure” and the conference “Physical Inactivity – Public Health Priority of Today”, 2000 patients received counselling from health professionals on the importance of physical activity for health enhancement, prevention and rehabilitation of a number of chronic non-communicable diseases. Croatia’s National Coordinator Renata Kutnjak Kiš, from the Institute of Public Health of MeÄ‘imurje County, said that the health professionals involved included doctors, nurses, health care workers and expert associates. In Iceland 150 MOVE Agents managed to organise 450 registered events, which places Iceland at the top of registered European countries for MOVE Week. Swim-off competitions among municipalities, and the SideKickHealth and WAPP app (walking app with one hike each day) were features of the Icelandic MOVE Week, which in the end engaged more than 40,000 participants – over one tenth of the population. Malta kicked off MOVE Week with a multi-sport Beach Fitness Festival, and throughout the week moved more than 2000 participants and engaged 40 volunteers in 12 events across the country. In Spain around 2000 participants joined MOVE Week and approximately 600 people attended the flagship event Walkim Barcelona, turning the city into the capital of Nordic walking. Participants in 17 counties in Romania put on their orange t-shirts and took part in numerous events such as tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, hiking, chess, street ball, handball, cycling, gymnastics, bike races and other sports and recreational activities for both adults and children. The Czech Republic and Hungary attracted over 6000 adults, children, elderly people and volunteers to new physical activities where they learned about the importance of regular exercise. All data for MOVE Week 2016 were collected from the official website, National Coordinator reports and MOVE Agent and participant surveys. The data collection is still in progress and the final results are expected to take shape in the coming weeks. The MOVE Agent and MOVE Week participant surveys are still open. Have your say and help us develop MOVE Week in the future. For information on MOVE Week in your country, please visit http://www.moveweek.eu/ 
    MOVE Week 2016 defies the odds with 2000 events
  • PASS project’s new review maps physical activity in Europe
    The Physical Activity Serving Society (PASS) project, led by Sport and Citizenship and six partners, including ISCA, has now released the results of its review of physical activity research in Europe. Building on reports such as Designed to Move and ISCA and Cebr’s ‘The Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe’, the PASS project’s narrative review ‘The State of Physical Activity in Europe’ and supporting infographics are now available. The review was conducted by the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) within the framework of the Erasmus+ Sport programme. It reveals that physical activity levels are declining around Europe, with over a third of women being inactive and regular physical activity decreasing with age (from 64% of children being active regularly or some of the time to 31% of citizens aged from 40-54). The Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity’s striking finding that inactivity is costing Europe 80 billion euro per year is featured in its review of economic impact, along with particularly conditions, such as depression and obesity, that are linked to physical inactivity. The 36-month PASS project aims to offer alternative political and strategic actions relating to physical activity for 10,000 cross-sector stakeholders at the European level. The narrative review is part of the first of the three steps the project will take, and will be followed by raising awareness among decision-makers and mobilising political authorities and high profile figures in sport and physical activity to tackle the physical inactivity crisis. Download the narrative review The State of Physical Activity in Europe and use its findings to advocate for physical activity initiatives in your community. 
    PASS project’s new review maps physical activity in Europe
Back to the grassroots: Council of Europe’s needed refocus on sport for all
ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby comments With the adoption of the report “Sport for all: a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion”, the Council of Europe recommends EU’s member states to refocus the priorities of their sports policies towards sport participation and collaboration between public institutions. When the Sport for All charter was adopted back in 1975, the Council of Europe made a clear statement that it would focus on participation and the fundamental right to participate. It was an important position back then. However, with the fast growing commercialisation of sport and emerging problems such as doping, examples of very bad governance and match fixing, the participation agenda has come under pressure. Seen from a grassroots sport perspective, the report’s content and timing are encouraging. We take it as a clear signal that there remains a will to give sport participation – and not just competitive sport – a more prominent place on the Council of Europe member states’ sport agenda, and to make sport for all not only a wish but a reality. The report states:1. Sport is one of the most popular activities in our societies and is by far the most prevalent in the voluntary sector. In addition to the improvement in physical and mental well-being brought about by engaging in physical activity, sport plays an important role for social cohesion by providing opportunities for meetings and exchanges between people of different gender, abilities and nationality or from different cultures, thereby strengthening the culture of “living together”. But the Assembly underlines that sport for all is not a reality for all citizens, as vulnerable groups in particular have many barriers that prevent them from taking part, and it therefore recommends to: .... refocus the priorities of their sports policies to highlight the contribution of sport to achieving the objectives of other policies, including those on health, social cohesion, education, youth, non-discrimination, and the reception and integration of migrants;…. strengthen the collaboration of public institutions working in these areas, especially when they are in contact with young people and vulnerable groups, and increase the synergies between their activities and those of sports organisations so that the various stakeholders play an active role together in combating all forms of discrimination in sport. This is why cross-sector collaboration is needed, to mobilise resources and enhance synergies with related sectors and initiatives. In other words, we need a mainstreaming of grassroots sport and physical activity in other policy agendas. The report’s messages and recommendations are encouraging and we hope that both the Council of Europe member States are listening, and that the Council of Europe’s own sport collaboration within the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) takes stock of the direct recommendation and balances participation initiatives with dominating agendas such as anti-doping and match-fixing. Read the adopted Council of Europe report Sport for all: a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion 

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The 5th edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week took place in the spring in Europe for the first time this year (23-29 May 2016). MOVE Week in Latin America will be in November (19-27 November in Brazil, Semana Move Brasil).

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

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