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  • How to organise your own European Mile event
    Our European Mile How-To Toolkit is hot off the digital press and ready to guide you in delivering your own walking, running or rolling event. The Toolkit provides a 10-step practical plan on how to organise a European Mile event of any size and shape celebrating the joy of movement. The 10-step toolkit provides organisers with information detailing simple steps, inspiration and resources to organise any type of European Mile event. The practical guide can be adapted to the organiser’s needs and opportunities that may present themselves in the local community. A fun run or walk, an event including roller skating, kids’ scooters, wheelchairs, handcycles or stair climbing – the possibilities reach far and wide. The European Mile is about completing, not competing, and enjoying moving again with friends, family, colleagues, or exploring the great outdoors. The toolkit will help you to decide on the concept, size and location of your event – the most important first steps towards developing and implementing activities that will take place on the day of the event. It includes suggestions on how to identify and cooperate with partners, stakeholders and supporters, as this is an integral part of carrying out a successful event. Additionally, you will be guided through the free digital resources, promotion and communication advice and many other real life examples that are compiled in the European Mile toolkit for everyone wishing to make use of best practices around Europe. You can find both the online and PDF format of the toolkit. Happy organising! Remember to keep in mind how you can organise a safe and flexible event that complies with local regulations and research the Covid-19 restrictions in your local setting that apply to organising gatherings. Find out more about the European MileIf you are not interested in organising an event, but would like to participate, please have a look at our FAQ section for participants.If you would like to find a European Mile national coordinator in your country, click here.If you have any other questions, please fill in the contact form at the end of this page. By Nerijus Tabokas, ISCA
    How to organise your own European Mile event
  • Webinar recap: ‘Active Stairs Design for No Elevators Day’
    Our Active Stairs Design for No Elevators Day Webinar is now available to watch on-demand! With the speakers from ISCA/NowWeMOVE campaign, Placemaking Europe, Center of Active Design and Attivo Designs, the webinar covered topics such as integration of active design into everyday life, the link between placemaking and physical activity and practical tips to activate the stairs. Read more below for a recap of the webinar, which united placemakers, architects, designers and MOVE Agents in a general call to action for the NowWeMOVE campaign. Aimed as a kick-off for the joint movement of the International Sport and Culture Association and Placemaking Europe to promote physical activity through creative active urban space ideas, the webinar included presentations from four speakers coming from different parts of the world, each having unique expertise in making the public spaces available for active lifestyles. Sara Karerat from the Center for Active Design, USA, was the first to deliver a presentation about the organisation and the certification system Fitwell operating under CfAD. As the CfAD deals with transformation of design and development practices to support health and optimal quality of life, Sara shared important insights into how implementation of certain design elements can have the power to make healthy choices easier and incorporate physical activity into daily life. Lorenzo Mele from Attivo Designs, Canada, continued logically from Sara’s presentation. Attivo Designs engages in the creative re-imagination and animation of our built world to influence healthy behaviours, and Active Stairs design is one of their key projects. Lorenzo talked about how stairs can be activated through introduction of certain design elements, namely wayfinding and encouragement, stairwell animation and stair climbing programs. Placemaking Europe was represented in the webinar by Anna Bradley (STIPO). In her presentation, Anna explained the concepts behind placemaking, how physical activity and placemaking interrelate – namely, support and promote each other – and shared information about the projects implemented by Placemaking Europe. She also delivered findings about how placemaking and movement bring meaning to public space, highlighting once again the importance of placemakers and MOVE Agents in playing an active role in boosting people’s physical activity levels. After a Q&A session with the speakers, Anna hosted an interactive part of the webinar where the participants could brainstorm on such questions as how to motivate people to use stairs more often, how to work better across sectors and what are links between urban designers and grassroots sport sector. Designers and architects can play an active role in boosting people’s physical activity levels by intentionally designing public spaces, streets and staircases that entice and encourage people to exercise. Join the global call for stairs placemaking! If you’re wondering how you can take part in No Elevators Day in 2021, check out our how-to guide here.
    Webinar recap: ‘Active Stairs Design for No Elevators Day’
  • MOVE Transfer Europe China Project Final Conference: The way forward in collaboration and intercultural dialogue
    After 16 months of a learning experience for 54 leaders from 41 different organisations and 19 different countries – which brought them together both in person and online to collaborate on three areas of physical activity promotion – we are approaching the last two months of the MOVE Transfer Europe-China project. The final project meeting and conference will be held in four different "bubbles" (Europe, Beijing, Nanjing and Hong Kong /Macau), with three methodologies (online, offline and hybrid), from 19 to 21 April 2021. The final conference will be held in connection with the World Leisure Congress on 15-21 April, where the project partners will hold 13 presentations, which were accepted as part of the programme. The MOVE Transfer Europe – China project was initiated two years ago to develop individual competencies and organisational networks that will drive sport participation and mutual relations forward between China and Europe. So far, we organised 33 online meetings and 5 webinars in 3 different groups (Outdoor Activities, Active Ageing, and Active Schools). The three-day meetings will also us to experience a different version of the hybrid format that has entered our lives throughout last year. While the partners in Beijing and Nanjing will meet physically, and will also implement different study tours; other partners in Europe, Hong Kong, and Macau will meet in two hybrid workshops for 3 hours every day. In addition to this, we will share presentations and have smaller group discussions on 5 different topics: Magic Formula for Active Communities(After Covid-19) Re-STARTGrassroots Sport Diplomacy and Intercultural DialogueThe way forward - Proposals from MT Europe-China project partnersInternational dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme and international cooperation policies In the Magic Formula session, we will try to reach solutions that will benefit every organisation involved, focusing on outdoor activities, active ageing and active schools, through breakout room discussions. Right after, we will hear examples from Poland, Hong Kong, Germany and Beijing at the (After Covid-19) Re-START workshop. We will learn about the situation of sports clubs and schools after the pandemic in different part of the world. On the third working day of the final meeting, we will discuss the topic of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy and intercultural dialogue. We will have two presenters: Prof. Thierry Zintz, Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Sports Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain, and EOSE President, Belgium, and Prof. Yiyi Jiang, Doctoral supervisor at School of Sport Leisure and Tourism, Beijing Sport University, China. Although this is a final project meeting, the cooperation and exchange between Europe and China will not come to an end. We consider this final meeting as a next step of the relationship between Europe and China – a step towards building and maintaining a network of more than 50 sport organisations and institutions, that share the same vision: “To build a world of physically active citizens in vibrant civil societies”. In this direction, we will listen to the proposals of our three working groups for a future collaboration. In the final session, we will have three guests from the European Commission to present the International dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme and international cooperation policies. Adrian Veale, Policy officer responsible for Asia, from International Cooperation Unit, DG EAC will be focusing on the overall international dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme, as well as DG EAC international cooperation policies. Floor Van Houdt, Head of the Sport Unit, will give us an insight on Erasmus+ Sport actions and, as our final guest, Naïs Rigollet from DG EAC Sport Unit will present the activities of the Sport Unit in terms of international cooperation. Read more about the MOVE Transfer Europe-China Project and keep updated on the recent activities! By Hilal Erkoca, ISCA
    MOVE Transfer Europe China Project Final Conference: The way forward in collaboration and intercultural dialogue
  • 5 reasons why you should celebrate No Elevators Day this April
    On 28 April we’re celebrating the 7th No Elevators Day – a day encouraging people all around the world to use the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. We invite you to #UseTheStairs to climb towards a healthier lifestyle and share your climbs and workouts on social media to be part of our growing active community of MOVE Agents. Small changes in your daily routine, like choosing to go to work by bicycle or walking instead of taking a car or public transport – or like taking the stairs instead of an elevator – can make big differences. #UseTheStairsSwitching from elevators to stairs makes physical activity something you don’t have to plan or prepare for. It is as easy as it gets to give yourself a small dose of physical activity during your day. You can also #UseTheStairs in a creative way to transform them into a home, office or open air gym. Five reasons to join inYou will find new ways of using the stairsAdd physical activity to your daily routineCreate a healthy habit for yourself and inspire others to follow your leadInstead of burning electricity, you will burn caloriesBy participating you will join a global celebration of movement for health and wellbeing! How to participateStart thinking of stairs as a useful tool to help you #FindYourMove and to #BeActive. If you would like to organise an event and promote the idea in your environment, check out our No Elevators Day resources.If you organise an event, register your event and join our social media community: Facebook, Twitter and InstagramShare the invitation with everybody around you and share your ideas on how to #UseTheStairs on social media.Document the event with pictures and video.Share them with the community by using the hashtags #UseTheStairs and #NoElevatorsDay. Visit the official No Elevators Day website for more inspiration By Jana Milosevic, ISCA 
    5 reasons why you should celebrate No Elevators Day this April
  • New video: What is Physical Literacy?
     Physical Literacy, like other literacies, is a key component of people's lifelong learning journeys through physical education, physical activity and sport. That's why we're excited to present to you an animated representation of the Physical Literacy concept based on the outcomes of the Physical Literacy for Life Erasmus+ project. The Physical Literacy for Life project brings together partners from the education, sport and health sectors, and includes the International Sport and Culture Association, Denmark (lead), European Physical Education Association (EUPEA, Switzerland), International Physical Literacy Association (UK), Macquarie University (Australia), Human Kinetics Faculty of the University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Strasbourg (France), Steno Health Promotion Research (Denmark), BG Be Active (Bulgaria), DGI (Denmark), Sports Union of Slovenia, and UBAE (Spain). The project highlights the importance of everyone engaging in physical activity during the life course. If you want to know more about physical literacy, feel free to browse our updates and resources - we will be adding more to this website as the project progresses, so stay tuned! Related story: Definition and infographic: What is Physical Literacy? 
    New video: What is Physical Literacy?
How to organise your own European Mile event
Our European Mile How-To Toolkit is hot off the digital press and ready to guide you in delivering your own walking, running or rolling event. The Toolkit provides a 10-step practical plan on how to organise a European Mile event of any size and shape celebrating the joy of movement. The 10-step toolkit provides organisers with information detailing simple steps, inspiration and resources to organise any type of European Mile event. The practical guide can be adapted to the organiser’s needs and opportunities that may present themselves in the local community. A fun run or walk, an event including roller skating, kids’ scooters, wheelchairs, handcycles or stair climbing – the possibilities reach far and wide. The European Mile is about completing, not competing, and enjoying moving again with friends, family, colleagues, or exploring the great outdoors. The toolkit will help you to decide on the concept, size and location of your event – the most important first steps towards developing and implementing activities that will take place on the day of the event. It includes suggestions on how to identify and cooperate with partners, stakeholders and supporters, as this is an integral part of carrying out a successful event. Additionally, you will be guided through the free digital resources, promotion and communication advice and many other real life examples that are compiled in the European Mile toolkit for everyone wishing to make use of best practices around Europe. You can find both the online and PDF format of the toolkit. Happy organising! Remember to keep in mind how you can organise a safe and flexible event that complies with local regulations and research the Covid-19 restrictions in your local setting that apply to organising gatherings. Find out more about the European MileIf you are not interested in organising an event, but would like to participate, please have a look at our FAQ section for participants.If you would like to find a European Mile national coordinator in your country, click here.If you have any other questions, please fill in the contact form at the end of this page. By Nerijus Tabokas, ISCA

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