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  • ISCA launches learn.isca.org Online learning for grassroots sport and physical activity professionals
    For more than 20 years ISCA has been dedicated to developing a wealth of resources, together with our project partners, for people working in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector. Now we have taken these tools to the next level by taking a leap into online learning. As a frontrunner in this space, we aim to take leadership in showing how these tools can be used effectively in our sector. Our new online learning platform learn.isca.org is a brand new strategic investment for ISCA, as we embark on an important journey to reach out to more organisations in our sector – not only our members, but other individuals and organisations working in grassroots sport and physical activity promotion worldwide. “Let’s learn and move people together!”ISCA Project Coordinator Monika Resetar is coordinating the development of ISCA's learn.isca.org courses and welcomes anyone with an interest in working in the sport and physical activity sector, or gaining professional development in this field, to try out these free resources. “ISCA’s learn.isca.org platform is the next step for our members and partners to gain knowledge from experts in the field, get inspired by best practices in the sector, and connect with likeminded organisations and individuals working in and with grassroots sport or physical activity. The platform offers a sustainable and accessible way to share crucial learnings from various projects ISCA is involved in to empower all the doers in the field. We are starting off with the ActiveVoice and MOVEment Spaces courses that are online and ready for you to explore. More courses are coming in the next months, so keep your eyes and mailboxes open for updates from the ISCA office. We have tried to make the courses as interactive as possible. On each course you will find videos, presentations, booklets, activities and forums that will support your learning process. As we are also learning how to do this with you, we are always happy to get your feedback on the courses and materials. I hope you will enjoy the learning experience and gained knowledge will help you to MOVE PEOPLE in many different ways. Let’s learn and move people together!” You can enrol in the ActiveVoice and MOVEment Spaces courses at https://learn.isca.org/Find out more about ActiveVoice and MOVEment Spaces 
    ISCA launches learn.isca.org Online learning for grassroots sport and physical activity professionals
  • MOVE Congress-inspired vision becomes reality as GAME Malta opens
    A journey that started in 2015 at ISCA’s MOVE Congress in Denmark has now set sail in Malta! ISCA member MOVEMalta joined forces with the internationally renowned Danish NGO GAME after the two organisations’ founders met at the congress at GAME’s headquarters in Copenhagen, and secured an Erasmus+ Collaborative Partnerships grant in 2017 to establish a GAME street sport facility in Malta. This February, GAME Malta was launched at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) campus in Paola, south-west of the capital Valletta. The media, local politicians and a large group of young Maltese Playmakers were there to celebrate the opening. So was MOVEMalta founder and president, Cynthia Debono (pictured above), who had initiated the collaboration with GAME CEO Simon Prahm and his team to create a context-inspired outdoor hub that is in sync with the Mediterranean way of living, albeit being inspired by GAME houses in Denmark. “GAME Malta is inspired by the need to create innovative community spaces that empower social cohesion and wellbeing,” Cynthia says. “The project re-thinks an under-utlised space within a College campus into an innovative and vibrant space promoting a myriad of street culture activities. Young people and students from different social backgrounds and interests are provided with a space where they can be active and socialise in the spirit of creative, fun and inclusivity.” On the MCAST campus, a 45ft recycled shipping container was transformed into a meeting hub branded as GAME BoX, promoting a myriad of street culture activities such as hip hop, breakdance, street soccer and graffiti art. This space has an urban look and feel, inspired by the way of life youths aspire to, with a participatory management model involving young people/students, lecturers and staff. Simon Prahm said the launch of GAME Malta is a testament to the efforts of MOVEMalta’s highly motivated staff. “GAME Malta is becoming a reality,” he said. “Thanks to everyone involved - especially the two cornerstones Cynthia and Charlo. Without your vision, dedication, and hard work this would never have happened. Looking forward to the onward journey!” GAME Malta is hosting an open day this Friday for MCAST students to learn how to plan, prepare and organise a sports event. Find out more on the GAME Malta Facebook page By GAME Malta and ISCA 
    MOVE Congress-inspired vision becomes reality as GAME Malta opens
  • 24 April 2019 is No Elevators Day, when small steps can make a big difference!
    For the 5th consecutive year the last Wednesday in April will become the focal point not only for sophisticated stair takers, but also for regular people around the world who just like to get more physical activity into their day. Read on to find out how you can take part in No Elevators Day! No Elevators Day on 24 April is all about raising awareness about the benefits of an active lifestyle and showing how easy it can be to incorporate physical activity into a busy day by simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. It creates a new understanding in showing the many shapes physical activity can take, and leads to a healthier way of life and improved wellbeing – physically as well as mentally – one step at a time. Last year, No Elevators Day went global and was immediately a huge success, especially in Latin America with thousands of people skipping the elevator to take the stairs. This year we want to continue growing in order to get even more people around the world moving and healthy. To do this we need the support of people from all continents – we need your support! How can you join “No Elevators Day” and help your community to become more active?It is very easy and your involvement can be adjusted to your needs, your community as well as the amount of time and energy you want to put in. Examples of No Elevators Day activities are: A stair running contest between colleagues in an office building or students in a school or university.An awareness campaign by hanging up our free-to-download posters with motivational messages to show the benefits of taking the stairs.Whatever inspires you to get your neighbours or colleagues more aware of the benefits of stair climbing. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination! The date doesn’t suit you or it's hard to find supporters? The great thing about No Elevators Day is that it is an awareness-raising event that aims to promote a healthy habit. So if it inspires you to start climbing, that is the first step. All you need is yourself and a staircase to create change. Whenever you take that first step towards a more active day, you can share it on social media with a fun motivational message for others to follow your good example. Be a No Elevators Day ambassador – and don’t forget the hashtag: #NoElevatorsDay and #TakeTheStairs Once you’ve decided to take part go ahead and register your event here. Also, have a look at our free-to-download resources and make your No Elevators Day activity stand out. For more information check out the official website and join the Facebook event. If you still have questions feel free to contact Dominik at ds@isca-web.org He is coordinating No Elevators Day and is always happy to support your activity!   
    24 April 2019 is No Elevators Day, when small steps can make a big difference!
  • ISCA North America Chair leads new U.S. I CAN DO IT! programme
    ISCA North America Chair Dr Jayne Greenberg is leading a new programme for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to get more youth with disabilities involved in more sport and physical activity. The I Can Do It! programme (ICDI), released through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and supported by the President's Council for Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, is a voluntary school-based physical activity programme designed to provide access, facilitate, and encourage opportunities for K-12 students with disabilities to be physically active for 60 minutes a day. This can be accomplished by accumulating the 60 minutes through physical education, adapted physical education, recess, classroom physical activity breaks, active transport to and from school, and extracurricular activities, including a variety of club and sport activities. ICDI works to achieve its objectives through the programme’s three core tenets: MENTORING: School site personnel (teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists, counsellors, etc.) guide students through physical education, physical activity, and sports opportunities and healthy eating habits.GOAL SETTING: School site personnel work with students on setting weekly, grading period, or semester goals. RECOGNITION: After completing the programme for a minimum of 8 weeks, students earn their PALA+ awards (certificate and patch). It is recommended that in the school setting the programme is conducted all year long with an end of year awards celebration/ceremony. The ICDI Programme is offered in eight week intervals throughout the school year, but the programme can begin at any time. Ideally, the programme is conducted all year long culminating with an end of year awards ceremony/celebration. The programme manual is available to download here. “We know that healthy and fit students are better learners who are more likely to thrive in school and in life,” Dr Greenberg says. “Studies on the health and fitness of children and youth with disabilities show that many do not get enough exercise or have healthy eating habits. For this reason, we are hopeful that every school and every school district across the world will offer the programme to all students with disabilities.” For additional information, or to get started, please contact Dr Jayne Greenberg, Program Manager, at Jayne.Greenberg@hhs.gov
    ISCA North America Chair leads new U.S. I CAN DO IT! programme
  • New step-by-step videos make it easy for instructors to conduct European Fitness Badge tests
    Accurately measuring one’s fitness level may not seem like a simple task, but it is now with a step-by-step video playlist from ISCA member and European Fitness Badge partner the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB). DTB has released a playlist as a part of the EU-supported European Fitness Badge project, featuring 10 how-to videos developed by Artevelde University. The videos demonstrate exercises that can help instructors assess the fitness levels of their participants. Most of the exercises, like “Flamingo” and “Walk back” require some very basic equipment, while others, like “Posture”, can be accompanied simply by a European Fitness Badge picture card for guidance. Each video clearly explains the criteria for passing the tests, making them even easier and more fun to try. The overall purpose of European Fitness Badge is to help sport and fitness trainers increase their group’s engagement in physical activity. The tool is designed to be inclusive and user-friendly, which is why there are three levels: Basic, Advanced and Approved. The tests corresponding to the Basic level are function-oriented and can be used as an introduction for otherwise physically inactive citizens, while Advanced and Approved tiers serve as motivation for more experienced participants. All assessments, when recorded in the European Fitness Badge database, account for gender and age to ensure a fair evaluation. The video playlist is available here, and as an instructor you’re welcome to use it at training sessions to get even more people enjoying their right to move! Learn more about the European Fitness Badge and find out how to implement it in your community. By Marie Oleinik, ISCA 
    New step-by-step videos make it easy for instructors to conduct European Fitness Badge tests
ISCA launches learn.isca.org Online learning for grassroots sport and physical activity professionals
For more than 20 years ISCA has been dedicated to developing a wealth of resources, together with our project partners, for people working in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector. Now we have taken these tools to the next level by taking a leap into online learning. As a frontrunner in this space, we aim to take leadership in showing how these tools can be used effectively in our sector. Our new online learning platform learn.isca.org is a brand new strategic investment for ISCA, as we embark on an important journey to reach out to more organisations in our sector – not only our members, but other individuals and organisations working in grassroots sport and physical activity promotion worldwide. “Let’s learn and move people together!”ISCA Project Coordinator Monika Resetar is coordinating the development of ISCA's learn.isca.org courses and welcomes anyone with an interest in working in the sport and physical activity sector, or gaining professional development in this field, to try out these free resources. “ISCA’s learn.isca.org platform is the next step for our members and partners to gain knowledge from experts in the field, get inspired by best practices in the sector, and connect with likeminded organisations and individuals working in and with grassroots sport or physical activity. The platform offers a sustainable and accessible way to share crucial learnings from various projects ISCA is involved in to empower all the doers in the field. We are starting off with the ActiveVoice and MOVEment Spaces courses that are online and ready for you to explore. More courses are coming in the next months, so keep your eyes and mailboxes open for updates from the ISCA office. We have tried to make the courses as interactive as possible. On each course you will find videos, presentations, booklets, activities and forums that will support your learning process. As we are also learning how to do this with you, we are always happy to get your feedback on the courses and materials. I hope you will enjoy the learning experience and gained knowledge will help you to MOVE PEOPLE in many different ways. Let’s learn and move people together!” You can enrol in the ActiveVoice and MOVEment Spaces courses at https://learn.isca.org/Find out more about ActiveVoice and MOVEment Spaces 

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The 8th European edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week will happen on 27 May-2 June 2019 and MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil) is set to place on 23-30 September 2019. Follow the links to register as a MOVE Agent in your country.

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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 2019. 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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