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  • Bike for Europe Action Guide shares tips for organising a bike tour side event
    Today we proudly present our Bike for Europe Action Guide! It includes everything you need to know about the Bike for Europe tour, taking place from 1-23 September, how to organise a side event and how to promote it on social media. The guide is designed to provide brief but essential information about many aspect of Bike for Europe. It aims at sport institutions, local sport clubs and individuals to get engaged with this pan-European cycling tour either on or off its route through 11 different European countries with its ultimate destination in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of Bike for Europe is to bring Europe and its citizens closer together, promote social inclusion through sport and physical activity and to encourage people to use the bicycle as a sustainable means of transportation. These are also the reasons why we came up with the Bike for Europe Kilometre Donation Challenge. The idea is to bring Europe and its citizens working together to show their support for a more united Europe through cycling. This selfless campaign has set itself the goal of collecting 1,000,000 cycling kilometres to support the Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour and the message of a healthy lifestyle, cycling and solidarity among Europeans. If all of us come together and collect 1,000,000 cycling kilometres, 100 bicycles will be donated to selected NGOs specialised in working with refugees. The concept is simple: Europeans get on their bikes, ride for their well-being, donate their cycled kilometres and contribute to empowering people through cycling and sport. Donate your kilometres here
    Bike for Europe Action Guide shares tips for organising a bike tour side event
  • Integration of Refugees through Sport: Are you ready to #PlayTogether?
    It’s World Refugee Day and we are thrilled to share with you our first Integration of Refugees through Sport videos and resources for grassroots sport organisations to use when working on activities with refugees and other initiatives that focus on social inclusion. The Integration of Refugees though Sport projects led by ISCA and supported by Nordplus Adult and the Erasmus+ programme brought together experts from the Nordic countries, the UK, Italy and Germany to map and explore ways of integrating refugees into European societies through sport and physical activity. We also asked refugees in Denmark about their own experiences and advice for clubs, authorities and other refugees about how to reach out and take a more inclusive approach. We captured their candid and compelling responses here and in this new peer-to-peer video. The message that has recurred throughout the development of these Integration of Refugees through Sport resources is that sport and simple physical movements can be used as a momentary relief for refugees and can open doors to new social contacts and different cultures. And that sport and physical activity are also simply about people wanting to #PlayTogether. So as we share these new resources we also share them with an invitation to clubs, local authorities, refugees and local citizens to #PlayTogether.
    Integration of Refugees through Sport: Are you ready to #PlayTogether?
  • MOVE Transfer expansion of Healthy Clubs a launching pad for new quality mark
    ISCA’s MOVE Transfer initiative has seen another local grassroots sport initiative being transferred to other countries, led by ISCA member the Sports Union of Slovenia, which aimed to share its good practice “Healthy Clubs” abroad starting with Bulgaria and Malta. At the completion of this latest MOVE Transfer in initiative, the partners found a process to certify Healthy Clubs with a Quality Mark, and tested the feasibility and effectiveness of transferring the idea to other countries. At the closing meeting in Copenhagen this month, project partners Sport Malta and BG Be Active presented their experiences of transferring the idea to their local communities. Due to the different structures of the organisations, as well as the different demographics, cultures and needs of their countries, the idea transferred from Slovenia was implemented in slightly different ways by the two organisations. However, there were signs of success in both despite these differences, and seven clubs in each country managed to achieve a Quality Mark, with more on the way towards it. In Bulgaria, BG Be Active developed a handbook with specific exercises to ease people into the process of getting moving and healthier, this guide has a step-by-step process on each exercise showing how to do them correctly. These handbooks were distributed to clubs to help show them how to involve more people in low-impact exercise, and steer some focus away from “elite” sport, which in Bulgaria is generally more focused on. In Malta, Sport Malta had a different type of implementation strategy, partially due to them being a national organisation with government affiliation, which gave them more scope to implement direct change. Coaches from clubs were given training to help implement the type of programme required to give clubs the Quality Mark, and the scheme was backed by the government to try and get more people in Malta – once one of the least active countries in Europe – moving.Continuing to share good practicesThe intention for MOVE Transfer when ISCA started the initiative in 2014 was to keep expanding the concept both nationally and internationally, and partners such as the Sports Union of Slovenia, BG Be Active and Sport Malta have been key to making this happen. They now plan to involve four more countries in this practice of transferring good examples and move the concept of the Quality Mark forward. It was also discussed that while there was an understanding that in different countries the Quality Mark would have slightly different types of implementation, the standards for achieving it should be universal, and require clubs to have a good, stable structure, good training methods, and provision for people at the entry-level. At the closing meeting the partners had the opportunity to visit Idrætsfabrikken, a multi-purpose sports club in Copenhagen that runs mainly on the help of volunteers, and tries to include people from all walks of society in getting healthy doing an activity that they enjoy. Everyone who attended learned new things from a well-established club on how the system in Denmark works. Maybe some of the ideas can even be implemented in the attendees' native countries! The final day of the meeting closed with another visit, this time to a DGI (Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations) run project at a health centre in the Northern Suburbs of Copenhagen. In this project they had teamed up with the local municipality and local sports clubs to provide appropriate activities for elderly people and those who had come out of hospital rehabilitation. Thanks to all the partners and watch this space going forward for more information and progress on MOVE Transfer! By Alexander Appleyard-Keeling, ISCA
    MOVE Transfer expansion of Healthy Clubs a launching pad for new quality mark
  • Top results for ISCA and ActiveVoice partners' #GAPPA social media campaign
    Picture: Top tweet! This post was one of the top 10 retweeted posts on #GAPPA according to a ScotPublicHealth report.  Last month we invited our project partners, members and extended network in physical activity promotion to join us in creating some social media buzz about the WHO’s new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA) prior to its adoption and launch. And together we succeeded in making an impact. A ScotPublicHealth report on the tweets and retweets of posts tagged #GAPPA puts ISCA at the top of the list of Twitter engagement and our ActiveVoice partners UISP and Healthy Stadia in the top 10 of content related categories.An ISCA tweet on the launch of the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity in Lisbon was listed as one of the top retweeted posts using the #GAPPA hashtag. These results of our advocacy efforts together with our members and partners highlight the potential of the grassroots sport and physical activity organisations to be heard globally when it comes to getting into the conversation and influencing policy in sectors such as health. Find out more about our ActiveVoice projectRead the latest from our coverage of #GAPPA
    Top results for ISCA and ActiveVoice partners' #GAPPA social media campaign
  • New #DopOut video presents anti-doping messages from peer-to-peer
    How can we combat doping in sport? By sharing clear and direct messages, conceived by young people and addressed to other young people. This is the purpose of the new #DopOut video that was presented to Italian school students on Wednesday 6 June in Rome at the Sport School of Coni (Italian Olympic Committee). "#DopOut – Social network and peer education against doping” is the Erasmus+ project co-funded by the European Union and coordinated by ISCA member Uisp, along with Coni Servizi, involving seven European partners, including ISCA, in a communication campaign to make youngsters aware of the risks related to the use of doping and the abuse of drugs. The young people are directly involved in the project too, by creating and conveying positive messages about healthy lifestyles and nutrition. The campaign uses “peer education”, a methodology in which youngsters have to create the communication and influence their peers. The project first selected storyboards presented by several European high schools. The proposal of ISS Istituto Statale Superiore “Mario Rutelli” of Palermo has been chosen to represent the project and, thanks to the participation of Visualside – Media Communication Studio of Rovereto (TN), the 40-second video has been created. The short video clip will be shared on social networks and simultaneously launched by seven European partners of the project, from Austria to Greece, from Denmark to Romania, from Slovenia to Turkey, with the hashtag #DopOut. The main character of the video is a young athlete engaged in a running race. During the competition, when he stands in front of the Olympic flame (fair play icon), he realises that by using doping he has betrayed the spectators, his fans and the other competitors, so he throws away the doping into the Olympic flame. The video, although short, is rich in symbolic references concerning the sporting environment and values.See the new video hereStory adapted from the official press release from Uisp
    New #DopOut video presents anti-doping messages from peer-to-peer
Bike for Europe Action Guide shares tips for organising a bike tour side event
Today we proudly present our Bike for Europe Action Guide! It includes everything you need to know about the Bike for Europe tour, taking place from 1-23 September, how to organise a side event and how to promote it on social media. The guide is designed to provide brief but essential information about many aspect of Bike for Europe. It aims at sport institutions, local sport clubs and individuals to get engaged with this pan-European cycling tour either on or off its route through 11 different European countries with its ultimate destination in Vienna, Austria. The purpose of Bike for Europe is to bring Europe and its citizens closer together, promote social inclusion through sport and physical activity and to encourage people to use the bicycle as a sustainable means of transportation. These are also the reasons why we came up with the Bike for Europe Kilometre Donation Challenge. The idea is to bring Europe and its citizens working together to show their support for a more united Europe through cycling. This selfless campaign has set itself the goal of collecting 1,000,000 cycling kilometres to support the Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour and the message of a healthy lifestyle, cycling and solidarity among Europeans. If all of us come together and collect 1,000,000 cycling kilometres, 100 bicycles will be donated to selected NGOs specialised in working with refugees. The concept is simple: Europeans get on their bikes, ride for their well-being, donate their cycled kilometres and contribute to empowering people through cycling and sport. Donate your kilometres here

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The 7th European edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week will take place on 28 May-3 June 2018. Stay tuned for the dates of MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil).

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New ISCA website coming soon! Our mascot is working very hard on a brand new ISCA website and we look forward to revealing it to you later in 2018. Meanwhile, we will still keep you updated here with the latest news from ISCA and our partners.

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OTHER ISCA ACTIVITIES

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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