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  • Application deadline extended for MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer
    This May, ISCA will select 20 initiatives to go through the MOVE Quality process and 5 initiatives to go through the national MOVE Transfer process in 2014/2015. The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday 30 April 2014. You can apply via the online forms at the MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer websites. The full calls for applications can also be found at www.movequality.com and www.move-transfer.com Received applications will be reviewed for a period of 2 weeks. A decision about the selected applicants will be taken on 14 May 2014 and successful applicants will be notified by 16 May 2014. MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer are brand new processes that will be coordinated by ISCA in collaboration with experts from grassroots sport and other related sectors: • MOVE Quality is a 12-month process consisting of a series of development and evaluation phases culminating in a Quality Mark. The capacity building approach of self-assessment, followed by action planning and regular review to monitor the impact of your initiative is the key strength of MOVE Quality. • MOVE Transfer is a process of identifying physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations that have run successfully in one setting and transferring them to a new setting (another organisation, another community). It will also offer certain initiatives the opportunity to expand their scope within their own country (“scaling up” the initiative). What are hard-to-reach populations?“Hard-to-reach populations are those who are difficult to access due to a specific factor that characterises its members. Such factors may include… language age, gender, geographic location, income, ethnicity, education, health and accommodation.” Source: Dunn et al. (2012)* Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information. ISCA Head of Projects, Saska Benedicic Tomat, sbt@isca-web.orgISCA Project Manager, Hanne Muller, hm@isca-web.orgISCA Project Coordinator, Laska Nenova, ln@isca-web.org  *Dunn, K. et al. (2012). The challenge of engaging hard-to-reach populations in regular sport and physical activity. Available online here
    Application deadline extended for MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer
  • NowWeMOVE nominated as Campaign of the Year
    The European Civic Forum has nominated ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign for the Campaign of the Year category of its European Democratic Citizenship Awards. The NowWeMOVE campaign is one of four nominees for the award, which will be presented at the European Parliament’s Open Doors day in Strasbourg, France, on 4 May 2014. The nomination is a testament to the success of MOVE Week 2013 (the NowWeMOVE’s annual flagship event), which featured 1257 events organised across Europe by 600 MOVE Agents, gathering an estimated 12,500 volunteers and 500,000 individual citizens. You can cast your vote for the Campaign of the Year here (the European Civic Forum will not use or keep the email addresses people enter when they submit their votes). Other award categories include NGO of the Year, Personality of the Year and Citizen Media of the Year. The European Civic Forum and European Democratic Citizenship Awards are supported by the EU’s Europe for Citizens programme. Find out more about the awards here GET READY FOR MOVE WEEK 2014! 29 SEPT – 05 OCTMore information is coming soon!Visit the NowWeMOVE campaign website 
    NowWeMOVE nominated as Campaign of the Year
  • Quality at the heart of competition between recreation providers
    By ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg The need and demand for recreational sport and physical activity programs has never been greater. The same goes for the supply side. Offers of recreational sport and physical activity initiatives for citizens are not only coming from the traditional recreational sport sector. Today a huge range of providers from both the profit and the non-profit sectors are offering training programs, classes and events. From the non-profit sector’s point of view, we would claim that there are quite a lot of differences in the objectives and missions of a non-profit organisation offering programs, classes and events to citizens, compared to private businesses or public institutions providing similar services. The non-profit sector’s offers are often provided with idealistic perspectives to contribute to citizens’ wellbeing – at affordable prices and with a “co-creation” ethic in mind. But low cost is not the most important and convincing element for the citizens that engage in physical activity programs today. In a market rich with offers, the quality of the programs is becoming a key factor for the citizens and thereby the providers – regardless of whether the provider is a private for-profit company, a public institution or the idealistic non-profit sector. This calls for securing and validating quality, also among non-profit organisations, as a defining feature of their programmes. Over the last 5-7 years, ISCA has discovered an increasing trend for physical activity promotion initiatives to seek validation and recognition for their activities. This has led to a number of regional and national attempts at awarding various quality labels recognising aspects such as the competence of staff or trainers, internal processes and the delivering organisations themselves. The true potential in validation processes, however, lies in the capacity building that organisations can achieve. The quality of a program should be the result of a quality building process and continuous follow-up and further quality enhancement. This will ensure citizens have access to quality physical activity programs at affordable prices provided by non-profit organisations. This is why ISCA is launching MOVE Quality, which is aiming to identify initiatives for hard-to-reach populations, build the capacity of the organisations delivering them and reward their achievements with a Quality Mark. Interested in finding out more? Read the call for applications to be part of the MOVE Quality process here 
    Quality at the heart of competition between recreation providers
  • New ISCA member brings school sport back in Sierra Leone
    Last decade the Government of Sierra Leone banned school sport activities because they were often marred by violence and sometimes death. In 2010, new ISCA member Sport for Development and Peace Sierra Leone (SDP SL) decided to step in and find a solution to this barrier to sport and physical activity for young people. By 2011 the government’s ban was lifted. Tima Brewah tells ISCA how SDP SL helped turn this situation around. When SDP SL decided to take action to overturn the Sierra Leone government’s ban on school sport, we first organised seminars to train peace ambassadors in each academic institution in the country. We also did school-to-school peace outreach sessions teaching students and distributing flyers about peace and how sport promotes friendship. After a year working on this first step, we were confident that we could ask the government to lift its ban on school sport. We explained about the activities we had done and argued that they showed how school sport could be carried out peacefully. In 2011, the ban was lifted and the first Inter-Secondary School competition was held – athletics (track and field), soccer, basketball and volleyball were the chosen sporting disciplines. We were fortunate to get support from the Australian Sport Commission and Sport for Change, an organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. The government officials monitored the week-long activities closely and they were impressed by the fact that our mentoring worked and there were no reports of violence between the students. This was considered a huge success. We are proud as a group to have been able to achieve this result, and the changes in attitude among students in our country and the way they embrace sports has been phenomenal. The SDP SL Chairman, Chief Michael Shamsu Mustapha has since received an award from the Africa International Sports Convention (CISA) for his outstanding leadership and creativity. This also led to the Government of Sierra Leone appointing him as Sierra Leone Sport Ambassador and representative to UNOSDP International Working Group in 2012. About Sport for Development and Peace Sierra Leone (SDP SL)SDP SL is an initiative connected to the Sierra Leone Ministry of Youth and Sports which focuses on implementing Sport for Development and Peace policy recommendations in the national government’s development strategies. SDP SL organises sport programs for orphanages, poor communities, and communities marred with violence and drugs. 
    New ISCA member brings school sport back in Sierra Leone
  • New Eurobarometer a “wake-up call”: ISCA Europe Chairman Filippo Fossati
    The European Commission has now released its Special Eurobarometer on Sport and Physical Activity survey results for 2013, revealing little change in sport physical activity participation since 2009 and up to a 20% increase of citizens who are never active in their leisure time in Europe’s least active countries. “The growing gap between the most and least physically active citizens is a wake-up call to all relevant sectors and it shows us that we need to keep our full focus on participation – also in the Erasmus+ programme,” ISCA Europe Chairman Filippo Fossati says. “We need to establish a broad, inclusive appeal and approach. We must include, promote and support activities from walking and transport cycling to recreational sport and physical activity and we need all relevant sectors to take ownership of this challenge. ISCA is happy to have established the NowWeMove campaign and MOVE Week to address this very issue.” See the latest Eurobarometer results here   
    New Eurobarometer a “wake-up call”: ISCA Europe Chairman Filippo Fossati
Application deadline extended for MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer
This May, ISCA will select 20 initiatives to go through the MOVE Quality process and 5 initiatives to go through the national MOVE Transfer process in 2014/2015. The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday 30 April 2014. You can apply via the online forms at the MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer websites. The full calls for applications can also be found at www.movequality.com and www.move-transfer.com Received applications will be reviewed for a period of 2 weeks. A decision about the selected applicants will be taken on 14 May 2014 and successful applicants will be notified by 16 May 2014. MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer are brand new processes that will be coordinated by ISCA in collaboration with experts from grassroots sport and other related sectors: • MOVE Quality is a 12-month process consisting of a series of development and evaluation phases culminating in a Quality Mark. The capacity building approach of self-assessment, followed by action planning and regular review to monitor the impact of your initiative is the key strength of MOVE Quality. • MOVE Transfer is a process of identifying physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations that have run successfully in one setting and transferring them to a new setting (another organisation, another community). It will also offer certain initiatives the opportunity to expand their scope within their own country (“scaling up” the initiative). What are hard-to-reach populations?“Hard-to-reach populations are those who are difficult to access due to a specific factor that characterises its members. Such factors may include… language age, gender, geographic location, income, ethnicity, education, health and accommodation.” Source: Dunn et al. (2012)* Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information. ISCA Head of Projects, Saska Benedicic Tomat, sbt@isca-web.orgISCA Project Manager, Hanne Muller, hm@isca-web.orgISCA Project Coordinator, Laska Nenova, ln@isca-web.org  *Dunn, K. et al. (2012). The challenge of engaging hard-to-reach populations in regular sport and physical activity. Available online here

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