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  • Vote for your Integration of Refugees Through Sport Role Model: Citizens’ Choice Award
    Public voting for the ISCA Awards Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Role Model category is now open! With this category we want to award a person who makes a difference in their communities, schools, sport clubs or workplaces. We received many nominations and our jury members made the difficult decision to select three finalists who stood out the most, and now it's up to you to decide who the 2021 IRTS Role Model will be! Read more about the candidates here:Gerald MballeKhalida Popal*Gibril Deen * Please note that Khalida Popal is in the IRTS Awards jury. As she/her organisation has also been nominated for awards, we made sure that she has not been voting in those categories. The voting form will be open until 31 October 2021 and the winner will be announced at the MOVE Congress in Brussels on 17 November. Vote here
    Vote for your Integration of Refugees Through Sport Role Model: Citizens’ Choice Award
  • CHANGE partners plan final conference to present project results
    On 17 September 2021, the partners in the CHANGE project gathered online to finalise the date and arrangements for the project final conference, sign off the new CHANGE Occupational Standards for Sport for Development, make progress with the Training Handbook, and plan for sustainability of the CHANGE project outputs. The project is well on course to complete in December as planned and publish a range of indispensable products to support skills development and education in sport for development. INTERNATIONAL EVENT ON SKILLS AND EDUCATION IN SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT Save the Date! The partners agreed the date and title for the CHANGE Final Conference, the International Event on Skills and Education in Sport for Development will take place as an online Webinar on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 10.00 CET. A range of speakers will present current issues in skills development and education in the field, with sessions dedicated to presentation of the CHANGE products to support people development in sport for development, including the Occupational Standards and Training Handbook. Save the date and look out for event registration which will open early in October. OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS A global consultation process took place over the summer on the draft Occupational Standards which produced a wide range of valuable feedback and suggestions from sport for development practitioners in 23 countries. There was a high level of agreement from consultees with the draft standards, and during the September meeting, the partners debated some of the key feedback points and suggestions for improvement. The Occupational Standards will now be finalised and published at the end of the project as a valuable resource and guide to good practice for all those working in coordinator and activator roles in sport for development. TRAINING PROGRAMME HANDBOOK Partners involved in the pilot seminars organised in Italy and UK updated the rest of the group on two successful events which gathered positive feedback from sport for development practitioners. An innovative Knowledge and Skills document has been developed which identifies knowledge and skills relevant to each key role and occupational standard in a way that will be helpful to education and training providers. The group discussed these new transversal and work-based knowledge and skills and agreed it will form a valuable resource for those developing training programmes. A suite of Module Outlines with sample learning outcomes have also been produced by project partner, Leeds Beckett University, the group also agreed these will be a valuable part of the Handbook. The potential for a self-evaluation tool linked to the standards, proposed by Women Win, was discussed, and agreed to be an excellent addition to the Handbook. SUSTAINABILITY As the project draws to a close, a key focus will be on sustainability once the final products have been published – the group discussed a range of ideas towards sustainability – watch this space! Find out more at www.change-sport.eu Project partners: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE); International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA); University of Cassino and Southern Lazio; Leeds Beckett University; General Secretariat for Sports; Greece, Italian Sport for All Association (USIP); Sport Union of Slovenia; StreetGames; Women Win. By Ben Gittus, EOSE Director of Standards
    CHANGE partners plan final conference to present project results
  • ISCA joins European and major international sports bodies to launch HealthyLifestyle4All pledge
    Today ISCA is in Bled, Slovenia, to join international and European sports bodies in launching the European Commission’s new HealthyLifestyle4All initiative prior to the official opening of the European Week of Sport 2021. More than 15 leading organisations in the sports movement will co-sign pledges to deliver collaborative actions and monitor their results. The European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport, Mariya Gabriel, officially launched the initiative at a full-day event hosted by the Slovenian Presidency on 23 September from 15:00-18:00. The HealthyLifestyle4All signature ceremony took place from 17:05-17:30 and ISCA has submitted a joint pledge with the Youth Health Community, JOGG and Schuttelaar & Partners to organise a policy building event event at European Parliament to gather stakeholder engagement for the new initiative. The pledge, presented in support of the collaborative theme ‘Teaming up for a holistic approach to food, health, well-being and sport’, proposes that ISCA will: Work with pledge partners Youth Health Community, JOGG and Schuttelaar & Partners to deliver a dedicated HealthyLifestyle4All policy and coalition building event in the European Parliament as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow.Invite a broad section of stakeholders from across sectors to partner and contribute to the event and commit to joining forces for healthy lifestyle policy collaboration in the next two years.Monitor and report on the commitments from the event during 2022 and 2023.Facilitate that MEPs, European Commission DG representatives and key European stakeholders for healthy lifestyle promotion discuss policy opportunities and commit towards collaboration towards these solutions in a two-year time frame.Together with Youth Health Communities, JOGG and Schuttelaar & Partners, launch our own healthy lifestyle commitments. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby and Head of Membership and Campaigns Laska Nenova are in Bled for the launch of the HealthyLifestyle4All initiative and the official opening of this year’s European Week of Sport. The HealthyLifestyle4All initiative is supported by: International Sport Bodies and PartnersFédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International School Sport Federation (ISF), International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), World Health Organisation (WHO) European Sport MovementEU Athletes, EuropeActive, European Olympic Committees (EOC), European University Sports Association (EUSA), European Volleyball Confederation (CEV), European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth (ENGSO Youth), Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) More news about the event in Brussels coming soon – so stay tuned! Watch the launch of the event here Photos: Laska Nenova, ISCA
    ISCA joins European and major international sports bodies to launch HealthyLifestyle4All pledge
  • A stone in the sports shoe
    Comment by ISCA, International Dance Organization and Play the Game.  Acknowledging the diversity of the models of European sport is key to combating the decrease in sport participation and in supporting our recovery from the pandemic, including the HealthyLifestyl4All initiative. To recover from the effects of the pandemic on sport and its costly decrease in physical activity among European citizens, and to reach the full potential of the sport sector in Europe, we need to build on inclusive communication and involvement from all stakeholders. Unfortunately, some myths about the term ‘European Model of Sport’ still create a skewed description of the reality, which is exclusive and counterproductive to the goal of engaging all stakeholders in the European sport sector. Persisting misconceptions of the ‘European Model of Sport’ are, so to say, ‘a stone in the sports shoe’ and should be removed to assist freedom of movement! There is a huge aspiration and commitment to realise the full potential of the European sport sector, from the European institutions through European initiatives and policy, which was recently exemplified in the European Parliament draft report on the study ‘EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward’. Additionally, Commissioner Gabriel is launching the HealthyLifestyl4All initiative to encourage everyone to utilise the full potential of cross-sector, health-enhancing initiatives. These initiatives and their success rely on inclusion and commitment from all stakeholders in the sport sector. Therefore, we suggest to remove the exclusive and mistaken wordings from the Draft Council Resolution on the European Model of Sport’. Remove the exclusive reference to ‘one federation per sport’.Cherish and support the freedom of association as a fundamental principle, also of sport. Remove the reference to a ‘pyramidal structure encompassing all levels of sport from grassroots to elite sport’.Acknowledge and recognise the ‘diversity of models and approaches across sports and countries’ and that the vast majority of citizens are active outside the pyramid of competitions. Remove the postulation of ‘financial solidarity between top-level sport and grassroots sport’.Consider that grassroots sport is primarily financed by the participants and the public sector, and note that revenue streams often go in the opposite direction – i.e. from the grassroots to the elite. Characteristics of sport in the European Countries Diversity in the organisation of sport.European sport consists of a variety of settings; self-organised, private for profit and not least not for profit voluntary based sport clubs.The not-for-profit sector is diverse. The majority of countries have diverse organisational structures including single sport federations; national organisations are typically oriented towards grassroots and sport participation; theme and target group oriented organisations, such as school sport associations, company sport associations, senior sport associations, etc. Diversity in financing of sportFunding of grassroots sport, health and participation oriented sport comes primarily from participants/citizens themselves.Several countries give significant public support to grassroots sport, health and participation primarily from municipal level. This public support varies from 0 to +100 euros per capita.State level public support varies in size and whether it targets primarily elite or grassroots sport. It often comes from lottery income. Inequality in participation levelHuge differences between citizens’ participation levels across countries. The Eurobarometer on Sport 2018 shows a variation between countries from 68% to 13% of citizens stating they never exercise or play sport. This comment piece has been presented to the European Parliament in response to its ‘Draft report on EU sports policy: assessment on possible ways forward’ and the ‘Draft Council Resolution on the European Model of Sport’ in advance of the CULT Committee meeting held on 31 August 2021. 
    A stone in the sports shoe
  • Registration is now OPEN for the MOVE Congress 2021!
    Hungry to return to a real, live conference? Eager to see your colleagues and friends from grassroots sport and physical activity organisations in different countries? The MOVE Congress is opening its doors in Brussels on 17 November 2021, ready to Reconnect, Rebuild, and Restart our sector moving into 2022. Registration is now OPEN and early bird seats are limited! The 10th edition of the MOVE Congress will be held from 17-19 November 2021 in Brussels, Belgium, and organised by ISCA in close cooperation with Visit Brussels and the venue Tour&Taxis. This year we are focusing on motivating and equipping our members, project partners and broader network of physical activity promoters to restart their activities and adapt to the challenges brought about by the pandemic and its impact on the sport sector. We want to create a space for you to:Reconnect with experts and peers from your field – including your target groups! Rebuild your confidence, strategies and political muscles to promote physical activity Restart your activities in fresh and inclusive ways Preliminary programme highlightsSoon we will announce the first confirmed speakers for the event and this year’s programme will feature the following themes and highlights: A dynamic opening and awards show rewarding initiatives and role models in Integration of Refugees Through Sport. Find out more about the ISCA AwardsAn interactive networking space in the innovative Tour&Taxis venue. Read more about the venueA Plenary session featuring political movers and shakers from the heart of Europe and beyond.Reconnect: Integration of Refugees Through Sport workshop run by refugees who started their own movements in humanitarian work and sport for development in Europe.Rebuild: Sport Diplomacy workshop featuring international experts who are re-establishing diplomatic relations across borders through sport.Restart: Placemaking workshop where we grasp the opportunity and trend presented by the pandemic to reimagine our outdoor spaces as places for exercise.Mastering partnerships after Covid-19: Masterclass featuring high profile international NGOs who are reaching out to the sport and physical activity sector.Rebuilding mental health through physical activity: Masterclass led by Youth Sport Trust International looking at one of the most striking outcomes of the pandemic and how our sector can help.Mastering a new era of physical activity promotion: Masterclass and solution factory – bring your own challenges and we will tackle them together using design thinking and start-up creativity! Limited seats!Seats will be limited due to gathering restrictions at the venue, so book early to secure your spot! The MOVE Congress 2021 organisers will take care to ensure a safe event following all national guidelines in Belgium. Please check the travel entry requirements for your country and we will also update participants regularly. You can read our Covid-19 and cancellation policies here. We can’t wait to see you at the MOVE Congress and welcome you back to the future of sport and physical activity! Visit the MOVE Congress website
    Registration is now OPEN for the MOVE Congress 2021!
Vote for your Integration of Refugees Through Sport Role Model: Citizens’ Choice Award
Public voting for the ISCA Awards Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Role Model category is now open! With this category we want to award a person who makes a difference in their communities, schools, sport clubs or workplaces. We received many nominations and our jury members made the difficult decision to select three finalists who stood out the most, and now it's up to you to decide who the 2021 IRTS Role Model will be! Read more about the candidates here:Gerald MballeKhalida Popal*Gibril Deen * Please note that Khalida Popal is in the IRTS Awards jury. As she/her organisation has also been nominated for awards, we made sure that she has not been voting in those categories. The voting form will be open until 31 October 2021 and the winner will be announced at the MOVE Congress in Brussels on 17 November. Vote here

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