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  • Growing the MOVEment: ISCA General Assembly looks to the future
    Held in Birmingham, UK, on 7 October, the ISCA 2017 General Assembly focused on ‘growing the MOVEment’, noting promising developments among ISCA’s intercontinental network and among major global institutions. Adopting 32 new member organisations and voting for the board that will lead ISCA over the next two years, the ISCA network will step into the future with a strong emphasis on connecting sectors and sharing good practices between countries and continents. With the full support of all member organisations present, Mogens Kirkeby was re-elected as ISCA president. Maria Luiza Souza Dias and Toni Llop will continue as ISCA Vice Presidents. The Executive Committee welcomed one new member with Carlo Balestri, from UISP, joining the board next to Liliana Ortiz, Detlef Mann, Jakub Kalinowski, and Phillipe Machu. To continue ISCA’s work on an intercontinental level, Jayne Greenberg, from the University of Massachusetts, and Maria Luiza Souza Dias, from Sesc São Paulo, will continue as chairpersons for the ISCA North and Latin America regions. New projects in the Asian and African regions will be led by chairs Siu Yin Cheung, from the Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, and Ashraf Mahmoud, the President of the Egyptian Sports Culture Association. Both regions have good potential to develop new sport-for-all activities. As stated in the ISCA Asia report, some recommendations include building a strong network among Asian countries to share good practices, and establish a website or alternative internet communication system between partner countries. Next to the newly selected Committee and Board, the General Assembly adopted 32 new member organisations to ISCA network, thus growing the overall number of ISCA members to 235. As of 2015, the ISCA General Assembly is held only every other year, therefore the ISCA President Report featured highlights from the past two years. Moreover, Kirkeby noted that there is a growing external interest in MOVING People at a global level. This August, a draft Global Action Plan for Physical Activity was published by World Health Organisation and, after receiving feedback from stakeholders worldwide, it is set to be adopted next year. For ISCA, Kirkeby said, it is important to point out two parts of the draft: • WHO’s goal: 100 million more active citizens• A human rights-based approach Kirkeby pointed out that it’s encouraging to see health and sport ministries becoming more and more ready to consider and prioritise physical activity.By Triin Ilves, ISCA The minutes from the ISCA General Assembly 2017 can be downloaded below 
    Growing the MOVEment: ISCA General Assembly looks to the future
  • 32 new member organisations join ISCA
    At the 2017 ISCA General Assembly on 7 October, ISCA members voted to ratify 32 new membership applications from community sport organisations, clubs, associations federations, educational institutions and municipalities on six continents. This brings the total number of ISCA members up to 235 organisations. “There is a constant flow of new incoming member applications,” ISCA president Mogens Kirkeby noted at the assembly. The ISCA network welcomes 12 new member organisations from Europe, 11 from Africa, 6 from Asia, and one from both North and Latin America and one from Oceania. You can read more about the new member organisations here. (Philippe De Witte from EUSportLink pictured above: The ISCA General Assembly is a forum for members to have their say and contribute to the umbrella network's future) From Europe, we welcome1. ZZ TKK – West Pomeranian Association of the Promotion of Physical Activity (Poland)2. DDSA – Danish School Sport Association (Denmark)3. DPES - Deporte para la Educación y la Salud (Spain)4. CONIFA – Confederation of Independent Football Associations (Sweden)5. ITF – International Tipcat Federation (UK)6. US ACLI – Unione Sportiva Acli (Italy)7. AHS OSO – Artevelde University College Ghent – Bachelor of Secondary Education (Belgium)8. OWS Club Primorje - Open Water Swimming Club Primorje (Croatia)9. TUL - Finnish Workers’ Sports Federation TUL (Finland)10. KK Urban Invest - Karate Club Urban Invest (Macedonia)11. IRSIE – The Institute for the Development of Sport and Education (Poland)12. PKE – Parkour Earth (UK) From Africa, we welcome1. ACD SL – Athletes Combined for Development Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone)2. GYSEA – Githunguri Youth Sports and Empowerment Association (Kenya)3. SJJAF - Sport Jiu-Jitsu African Federation (Mauritius)4. BCFA – Borussia Commondale Football Association (South Africa)5. ASV – Association Sport et Vertus (Cameroon)6. Hekima (Tanzania)7. SFU – Sports Foundation Uganda (Uganda)8. A.O.GLOBAL – Aseke Obaro Global Organisation (Nigeria)9. AFFT – Association du Faso de Football de Table (Burkina Faso)10. UAC – United Action for Children (Cameroon)11. ASORC – Association Sportive d’Orientation du Cameroun (Cameroon) From Asia, we welcome1. NCSA – Nepal Climbing Sport Association (Nepal)2. ACSA – Alzahra Cultural and Sport Association (Afghanistan)3. Karsiyaka Municipality (Turkey)4. LIONS – Lanka Lion Sports Club (Sri Lanka)5. ASCI – Association of Sports and Culture (India)6. SSE - Skylink Sports and Education PVT LTD (India) From North America, we welcome1. WSGF – World Student Games Federation Inc. (Canada) From Oceania, we welcome1. PCYC NSW – Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Pty Ltd (Australia) From Latin America, we welcome2. CEFD/ UFES - Centro de Educação Física e Desportos da Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (Brazil) Read the full minutes from ISCA General Assembly 2017 here. 
    32 new member organisations join ISCA
  • Physical activity promoters from six continents made their MOVE at the MOVE Congress 2017
    The MOVE Congress 2017 in Birmingham, UK, from 4-6 October gathered stakeholders in grassroots sport and physical activity from six continents and countries as far and wide as New Zealand, Costa Rica, the US and Brazil. From transforming the Birmingham Council House’s Banqueting Hall into a 5Rhythms “ISCA Disco” at the opening session, to presentations that got the participants thinking and sharing their views, to more dancing with a Bhangra and barn dance workshop at the networking dinner – the 8th MOVE Congress upheld its tradition as one of the most active conferences in the world. It is, after all, our human right to MOVE. So there was no stopping us.
    Physical activity promoters from six continents made their MOVE at the MOVE Congress 2017
  • “Birmingham hasn’t seen an opening of a congress life this before”: MOVE Congress 2017 starts with a celebration of MOVEment
    It’s our human right to move – so what’s stopping us? MOVE Congress 2017 facilitator Sean Blair from ProMeet greeted this year’s delegates when they arrived with a call to move. And before the opening speeches even began, Birmingham Council House’s banqueting hall had transformed into a dance floor led by Neil Pinnock from 5Rhythms and six of his co-dancers. “I don’t think the city has seen an opening of a Congress like this”, Birmingham Councillor Ian Ward said after the conga lines and free flowing dances had murmured to an end. The opening of the eighth MOVE Congress was a fitting start, he said, to an event drawing attention to the benefits of physical activity in a city that is trying to find innovative ways of “getting people to move in ways that suit them”.This year’s MOVE Congress will put the spotlight on initiatives from Birmingham, other parts of the UK and further abroad that are removing barriers that typically stop people from moving: from social, to socio-economic, to distance and cost, as Ward noted. “We are focusing on removing these barriers and making many activities free to residents,” he said.“Talking can only take us so far - there’s nothing like hands-on experience,” he added, referring to the ‘I’m a volunteer’ sessions, in which the Congress delegates will go to visit different community initiatives as part of the conference.In the opening reception, the delegates also had a taste of Bhangra dancing, which they will also have a chance to try themselves part of the MOVE Congress networking event this evening. “The topic of this year’s MOVE Congress is the Human Right to MOVE,” ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby said in his opening speech. “But it is more about us assisting citizens in exercising this human right.” The next two days will explore topics such as MOVEment Spaces, reaching hard-to-reach groups, physical activities in schools and a session led by the Wild Network rethinking physical activity in urban and natural spaces. Find out more about the MOVE Congress here See photos from the event on our ISCA Facebook page (updated daily) Watch video highlights of the opening here Article by Rachel Payne, ISCAPhotos by Georgi Lazarov, Punkt
    “Birmingham hasn’t seen an opening of a congress life this before”: MOVE Congress 2017 starts with a celebration of MOVEment
  • Copenhagen Runners High took local runners to new heights for European Week of Sport
    On Saturday 30 September, ISCA member DGI organised a good example of a small scale event during the European Week of Sport, the Copenhagen Runners High. The event was an urban trail run in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, which took a place in a very unusual location and challenged the runners in a different way from most running events. The Copenhagen Runners High race was special because the runners had to climb up 136 steps to the top of Luders rooftop square. The race consisted of 5 laps of a 1.2km route in a very urban location. The Luders building consists of a parking hall and a rooftop complete with a workout area. Children, adults and seniors can all use the facilities for free. The event is a good example of how urban spaces can be used for being physically active, and that it is not necessary go to a sports facility in order to be physically active. Despite the strong wind, the sun was shining and the event attracted over 150 runners. The ISCA team was present and encouraged people to try out some European Fitness Badge exercises. Overall the event was a big success and is part of a series of similar trail runs in locations around Copenhagen. Find out more about the European Week of Sport in Denmark (coordinated by ISCA) Find out more about Copenhagen Runners High By Kreetta Lapinniemi, ISCA 
    Copenhagen Runners High took local runners to new heights for European Week of Sport
Growing the MOVEment: ISCA General Assembly looks to the future
Held in Birmingham, UK, on 7 October, the ISCA 2017 General Assembly focused on ‘growing the MOVEment’, noting promising developments among ISCA’s intercontinental network and among major global institutions. Adopting 32 new member organisations and voting for the board that will lead ISCA over the next two years, the ISCA network will step into the future with a strong emphasis on connecting sectors and sharing good practices between countries and continents. With the full support of all member organisations present, Mogens Kirkeby was re-elected as ISCA president. Maria Luiza Souza Dias and Toni Llop will continue as ISCA Vice Presidents. The Executive Committee welcomed one new member with Carlo Balestri, from UISP, joining the board next to Liliana Ortiz, Detlef Mann, Jakub Kalinowski, and Phillipe Machu. To continue ISCA’s work on an intercontinental level, Jayne Greenberg, from the University of Massachusetts, and Maria Luiza Souza Dias, from Sesc São Paulo, will continue as chairpersons for the ISCA North and Latin America regions. New projects in the Asian and African regions will be led by chairs Siu Yin Cheung, from the Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, and Ashraf Mahmoud, the President of the Egyptian Sports Culture Association. Both regions have good potential to develop new sport-for-all activities. As stated in the ISCA Asia report, some recommendations include building a strong network among Asian countries to share good practices, and establish a website or alternative internet communication system between partner countries. Next to the newly selected Committee and Board, the General Assembly adopted 32 new member organisations to ISCA network, thus growing the overall number of ISCA members to 235. As of 2015, the ISCA General Assembly is held only every other year, therefore the ISCA President Report featured highlights from the past two years. Moreover, Kirkeby noted that there is a growing external interest in MOVING People at a global level. This August, a draft Global Action Plan for Physical Activity was published by World Health Organisation and, after receiving feedback from stakeholders worldwide, it is set to be adopted next year. For ISCA, Kirkeby said, it is important to point out two parts of the draft: • WHO’s goal: 100 million more active citizens• A human rights-based approach Kirkeby pointed out that it’s encouraging to see health and sport ministries becoming more and more ready to consider and prioritise physical activity.By Triin Ilves, ISCA The minutes from the ISCA General Assembly 2017 can be downloaded below 

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