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  • 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, This Girl Can and Be Active. 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
  • Colombian city celebrates No Elevators Day 2017
    No Elevators Day stretched beyond Europe for the first time this year to Latin America, with the city of Palmira, in the Cauca Valley in Colombia jumping on board. The organisation of the event was carried out by the Secretary for International Development and the Secretary of Human Resource Management, in collaboration with the ARL advisor, and was supported by the bank COMFENALCO. The Municipal Administration promoted the event through its institutional mail services, on the billboards of the secretaries, and distributed flyers to raise awareness within the public officers in order to promote healthier lifestyles. To mark the occasion, the Archbishop of Palmira valley (pictured) went to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Palmira to support No Elevators Day. A big crowd came to see him, and everyone was very excited. During his speech, he explained the event, and encouraged and motivated people to take the stairs instead of the elevator for a healthier and happier lifestyle for all citizens. The Municipal Administration of the city of Palmira invited all the employees to use the stairs. They work in an 8-floor building, and on each floor they prepared different physical activities where they invited people to be aware of the importance of being active. The online magazine specialising in women in sport in Latin America, Sported, also dedicated a full article to the No Elevators Day.By Judith Solanas Sanchez and Liliana Ortiz De La Cruz, ISCA
    Colombian city celebrates No Elevators Day 2017
  • Burn calories, not electricity: Organisations across Europe support third No Elevators Day
    “Burn calories, not electricity!” was one of the many tweets that together with the #NoElevatorsDay hashtag made it to the Danish trending topic list on 26 April. The internet was buzzing and so were the hallways and corridors. People climbed the stairs all over Europe to celebrate the 2017 edition of No Elevators Day. Almost 500 original posts were made by over 250 No Elevators Day supporters, and a Thunderclap social media campaign dedicated to the day reached more than 100,000 people alone. Even though the day was mostly celebrated in Europe, the news travelled fast and the campaign reached almost every continent. In Denmark, ISCA’s No Elevators Day ambassadors visited the Danish Health Authority. Their six-storey building is an excellent example built for stair-climbing. We met some amazing people who know how to stay active throughout the day: in addition to boycotting the elevators, some of them boycott the chairs and others take as many as 36,000 steps in one day. True champions! In other European countries, No Elevators Day was actively celebrated in Spain, Great Britain, Turkey, Estonia, Italy, Latvia and many other countries. Besides the official #NoElevatorsDay and #NowWeTakeTheStairs hashtags, people adapted and translated the initiative to their native languages, thus we also celebrated “Liftivaba päev” (in Estonia), “Merdiven kullaniyoruz” (in Turkey), “Да на стълбите, не на асансьорите” (in Bulgaria). In Bulgaria there were more than 100 press mentions, including coverage on the country's four major TV channels. Organisations across Europe, such as Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, the European Food Information Council, KPMG, Perceptica Analytics, the KUBO Group, Step Jockey and BNP Paribas, also got involved and Tweeted on the day (see some of the highlights below). See the social media stream here: http://no-elevators-day.nowwemove.com/no-elevators-day/By Triin Ilves, ISCA  
    Burn calories, not electricity: Organisations across Europe support third No Elevators Day
  • MOVE Week 2017: One month to go!
    The spring molecules in the air are rejoicing, because MOVE Week is only one month away. What will be your signature MOVE for 2017? From 29 May-4 June, we encourage everyone to showcase their activity or event to their community. It's easy to be part of the week and we are calling for event organisers (MOVE Agents) to register on the official website moveweek.eu MOVE Agents can download our free resources from the website and use them to organise and promote their events. NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager Laska Nenova says the fifth anniversary of MOVE Week is a great cause to celebrate the efforts of MOVE Agents in mobilising millions of people internationally.“This year we are celebrating five years of MOVE Week as the flagship event of the NowWeMOVE campaign. With more than 14,000 events, MOVE Week has activated over 3.4 million participants all over the world, so this is a great impact which is a testament to the motivation of MOVE Agents in and beyond Europe to move people,” she says. "Our partners are delivering some exciting activities this year and we are expecting a lot of engagement from Italy, Malta (coinciding with the Presidency of the Council of the EU) and Bulgaria in particular." The ISCA team hopes that MOVE Week will encourage even more people to change their physical exercise habits and become more active just in time for summer and vacation season to arrive. Registering your event is easy: just go to the MOVE Week webpage moveweek.eu and let us know about your plans. If you are short on ideas, feel free to browse some of the diverse events that are already planned for this year. If you haven’t registered yourself as a MOVE Agent yet, the opportunity is here and now. MOVE Week, which is the largest in its scale bottom-up grassroots sport initiative in Europe, went global in 2015, as 5 countries in Latin America joined in for the first time. For more information on NowWeMOVE campaign in 2017, please, visit http://www.nowwemove.com/For more information on MOVE Week, please visit http://www.moveweek.eu/For contacts and further inquiries: info@isca-web.orgLaska Nenova, NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager - Europe: +359 888 524 158 By Triin Ilves, ISCA 
    MOVE Week 2017: One month to go!
  • Reporting is the perfect time to reflect and decide what’s next for your Erasmus+ project: ISCA project coordinator shares her insights from Youth on the MOVE
    ISCA’s Youth on the MOVE project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, has officially come to an end. But even though we’re submitting the project’s final report, we’re closing what seems only the first chapter of the Youth on the MOVE story. As Erasmus+ project coordinators, we know that sustainability is an important part of securing project funding – and it’s also something we want to see: the results we create having a “life after” the project period. Reporting doesn’t only give us a chance to administratively close the project, but it also gives us an opportunity to look back on the last two years of the project and reflect upon our work, the contribution of young change-makers and their supporting organisations, lessons learned, experiences gained and moments shared. It also gives us input for improvement and motivation to continue working with young volunteers and change-makers in the future. Overall, we, the team that worked hard on the project, are happy with the Youth on the MOVE project’s results. With the project, we tried to build on and enhance the European experience of youth engagement and youth volunteering. We built capacity in the partner organisation SESC and extended to other Latin American countries, while at the same time enhanced quality of the youth work of also European Project partners (V4Sport from Poland, UBAE from Spain) and further 15 organisations/stakeholders in 17 different EU countries. An international Training and Volunteering Platform was developed for non-formal learning opportunities for youth (18-30) in the field of grassroots sports. Young people’s competencies were strengthened through delivering community-based grassroots sport initiatives and offers. Throughout the online and offline training young participants on both sides were finding a solution/idea/project for a problem in their local or national community. They received theoretical and also practical knowledge on how to do it and after then it was up to them and their supporting organisation to implement their idea, which gave them unique opportunity to test it in real life. The project outcomes were successfully disseminated and exploited to a targeted European and Latin American audience with two conferences and the feedback was very positive. From the project partners’ side, we examined the strengths and weaknesses of the process and reviewed the training module and curriculum. As some changes and updates are needed, we will continue working on it and looking into the next steps and opportunities to make it better and sustainable. The dissemination and exploitation of the project’s results continues in the further projects and activities that the project partners initiate. Cross-continental lessonsThe realities in Europe and Latin America are different when it comes to opportunities for young people. While being part of various short or long term youth exchange programmes, being able to travel abroad and meet people from other countries and cultures is relatively easy and affordable in Europe, there are not so many opportunities in Latin America. Despite unique realities and challenges on both continents, the main challenge of getting more people physically active is international and appears everywhere. Youth on the MOVE partners are convinced that the fastest way to find solutions and to improve physical activity lies within international cooperation and projects such as Youth on the MOVE. The solutions are to be found within an open and systematic exchange of knowledge and practical experiences from across the world. Participants of Youth on the MOVE training from Europe and Latin America have realised their ideas in the framework of MOVE Week and/or European Week of Sport in Europe and #SemanaMUÉVELA in Latin America. We do hope that their passion and motivation will continue and spread out, so that together we can really reach the goal of “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020”. ISCA team would like to say BIG THANK you to all project partners and staff involved in the project; young change-makers from Europe and Latin America and their supporting organisations; youth trainers involved in online and offline training; all “special helpers” who translated content, proofread materials, made videos, recorded podcasts, designed materials, took pictures, revised platform, made presentations, managed finances and made all the meetings and conferences happen. If you would like to know more about the Youth on the MOVE project, please visit the project’s website. If you’d like to hear more about our youth activities, and how you can get involved, please contact Monika Resetar at mr@isca-web.org By Monika Resetar, ISCA project cooordinator
    Reporting is the perfect time to reflect and decide what’s next for your Erasmus+ project: ISCA project coordinator shares her insights from Youth on the MOVE
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, This Girl Can and Be Active. 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

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The 6th edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week will take place from 29 May-4 June 2017). Stay tuned for the dates for MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil).

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The MOVE Congress 2017 will be held in Birmingham, UK, from 4-6 October. Registration will open soon. What is the MOVE Congress? See the highlights from the 2015 edition.

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Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self Assessment Tool: an interactive online tool providing a range of information and templates across three themes of governance and four principles. Start your self-assessment now!

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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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MOVE&Learn

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

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