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  • European Week of Sport leaps into action
    This week, organisations around Europe calling on everyone – regardless of age or background – to get physical! ISCA is backing the Europe-wide #BeActive campaign which promotes sport and exercise for healthier living. Physical inactivity across Europe is getting more prevalent, with a negative impact on people’s quality of life, as well as on the economy. According to the European Commission, the proportion of people who never exercise or play sport is worryingly high at 35%! Girls are more likely to do less exercise or sport than boys. As part of the #BeActive campaign, ISCA and our European Week of Sport (23-30 September) partners in Denmark are organising 300 events in 100 locatons across the country. The events will focus on sport in schools, workplaces, outdoors, and in sports clubs. The launch is happening today at UN City (pictured above), thanks to our collaboration with WHO Europe and the Ollerup Academy for Physical Education. The European Commissioner responsible for Sport, Tibor Navracsics, emphasises the need for bottom-up initatives that promote being active: “The lack of physical activity in our modern lifestyles leads to major health problems and costs our economies billions. We can all be active in different ways - from taking a short walk to running a marathon. I am calling on everyone to join us in the European Week of Sport.” Finland, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, is officially launching the Week on 23 September with an Opening Ceremony in Espoo. ISCA Project Manager Laura-Maria Tiidla is at the launch. Find out more about the European Week of Sport in Denmark 
    European Week of Sport leaps into action
  • From promises to progress on Health for All: ISCA signs NCD Alliance advocacy letter ahead of UN Universal Health Coverage meeting
    Today in New York, the United Nations General Assembly will host a high-level UN meeting called ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’. In lead-up to the meeting, ISCA has signed an open letter to governments, initiated by the NCD Alliance, urging them to focus on the meeting as a step towards action rather than being simply a platform for discussion on potential roads ahead. “The High-Level Meeting on UHC should be a transformative moment for every single country, every person on earth. UHC is the single most powerful tool you have to improve lives, ensure fairness and stability, create opportunities for growth and to reach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will fail if you are not prepared to invest. You must go beyond promises,” the letter states. The high-level meeting is gathering heads of “state, political and health leaders, policy-makers, and universal health coverage champions to advocate for health for all”, as described in a UN press release. Being a “champion” for health advocacy carries a responsibility to drive progress and “deploy tried and tested measures to improve wellbeing and reduce NCD mortality in line with commitments for 2025 and 2030”, according to the NCD Alliance. Bottom-up efforts also make a differenceIn our sector, these actions are not chiefly being carried out by top-level leaders, but by bottom-up initiatives, as demonstrated by yesterday’s Open Streets Day – a new NowWeMOVE campaign initiative supporting the EU’s European Week of Sport and #BeActive message. Open Streets Day began with an open invitation to local physical activity promoters in Europe (including NGOs and cities) to imagine what a local street or city space could look like if it was closed to traffic and opened to activities that get people active. On the day, 116 events were organised in 84 cities in 29 countries on 5 continents (upon expressions of interest from non-European countries to join in) in connection with European Mobility Week, Car-Free Days and the European Week of Sport. These movements all rely on bottom-up support to make them happen, so the challenge for this top-level group will be not to lose sight on the potential power of civil society in putting plans into action. Read the full open letter here and below
    From promises to progress on Health for All: ISCA signs NCD Alliance advocacy letter ahead of UN Universal Health Coverage meeting
  • ISCA calls for European Solidarity Corps volunteers for 2020-2021: Applications open!
    ISCA is looking for three volunteers to join the team in the Copenhagen office for a period of 12 months starting 1 March 2020, with more opportunities available later in the year (September 2020-August 2021). Do you want to live abroad, work in an international environment, and gain experience in the field of international physical activity promotion and youth work? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for self-motivated, passionate and energetic young people to join our team in Copenhagen. Experience something new and exciting, while also broadening your horizons and developing your skills. Apply now and become an European Solidarity Corps Volunteer with the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) in Denmark. It is not just an opportunity for new experiences though, you will be warmly welcomed to a family of sorts – which is full of ISCA spirit! As indicated in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, volunteers should be between 17 and 30 years old, and reside in the country of their sending organisation (from EU Programme countries and Partner countries neighbouring the EU, see the programme guide for more details, from page 80 onwards). Engagement of European VolunteersAll volunteers will have the opportunity to be engaged in a number of projects, campaigns and events. ISCA is coordinating various activities that promote sport and physical activity at both regional and international levels. ISCA also engages many member organisations and other partners in diverse projects that are related to key issues and topics in the sports sector today. You will be specifically part of the pan-European NowWeMOVE campaign organised by ISCA and its partners. Your main task will be to support and implement project activities in connection with member organisations all over Europe. You can find a few examples of our initiatives in the relevant links below:● No Elevators Day● MOVE Week● FlashMOVE● European Fitness Day● NowWeBike● European School Sport Day Find out more about the overall campaign here: http://www.nowwemove.com/ ISCA is also the National Coordinating Body for the European Week of Sport in Denmark, which takes place from 23-30 September each year. Additionally, you will be part of the ISCA team coordinating projects and activities in externally funded projects in cooperation with member organisations and other partners, both on the national and international level. Many of the projects fall under topics that have pressing priority in today’s world, such as; exercise and health, physical activity and education, health-enhancing physical activity, sport and exercise for disadvantaged groups, urban sports facilities, inclusion of refugees through sport, youth training, and active ageing. Find out more about some of these ISCA projects and initiatives below:● Grassroots Sport Diplomacy● Integration of Refugees through Sport● MOVE Transfer Europe-China● MOVE Congress● ActiveVoice● MOVEment Spaces● Women in Sport● Youth On the MOVE● and many other existing or upcoming projects that ISCA is either leading or partnering with (such as European Fitness Badge, Eu-PALS, European Us Girls, European Youth Health Champions, #DopOut, etc…). Read more about ISCA’s recent activities in our 2018 Annual Report Depending on your skill set and interests you will be able to get involved and challenge yourself in various tasks such as:● Physical activity and healthy lifestyle promotion;● Event coordination;● Marketing and communications;● Article writing and editing;● Videography and photography;● Analysis and reporting;● Fundraising and advocacy;● Project management;● E-learning platforms;● Financial management. All applicants should be highly motivated, proactive, and dynamic young people. For this round, knowledge and experience, or interests in:- media / communications / event planning- project management- administration / financewill be especially sought after. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in the position (indicating your motivation and key competences) latest by 31 October 2019, 23:59 CEST to Hilal Erkoca (he@isca-web.org) with the subject line “ESC 2020-2021.” *Important: applications submitted without a CV or cover letter will not be considered due to the volume of applications we typically receive for this call. Please note that we are also looking for volunteers to start at ISCA in September 2020 for a period of 12 months, and your application may be considered for a role at that time. In addition, the applicants should join the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) platform and indicate their “Participant reference number” in the body of the e-mail when applying. You can read more about the ESC initiative here, and join here. This only applies if you are a legal resident in, or have the nationality of one of the European Union Member States, or of the following countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. We will inform all candidates about the outcome of the first phase of the selection process no later than 30 November 2019 and let them know at that time if they will be invited for an interview. In case you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Hilal Erkoca either by email (he@isca-web.org) or by phone on: +45 20 92 86 53 Learn more about ESC Volunteering Activities and ESC Volunteering in ISCA. Seize this amazing opportunity to become a Viking volunteer with ISCA in Denmark!
    ISCA calls for European Solidarity Corps volunteers for 2020-2021: Applications open!
  • Open letter from ISCA to Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel – 3 free ideas!
    Dear Commissioner-designate! Congratulations on your nomination as Commissioner-designate for Innovation and Youth! Based on ISCA’s mandate in grassroots sport, we would respectfully like to offer you three free ideas for your future policies in the field of sport: Make it global! In a world of growing nationalism and protectionism, your initiatives in the field of sport can be a lighthouse of globalism, multilateralism, openness and sharing. Make initiatives, programmes and policies count for more than just the EU27. And trust us, there is a positive political dividend from using sport initiatives instrumentally in foreign relations – see for yourself at ISCA’s Grassroots Sport Diplomacy homepage.Make it big! We were glad to hear that the Commission supports the Parliament’s proposal to triple the Erasmus+ budget. And we believe the programme has an important impact on the sector. Our proposal is that you spend some of that money wisely and initiate a few large flagship programmes, that last 5+ years and can have a bigger impact than many small projects. To get started, you could ask ISCA and other civil society organisations to organise a big hub for European and international mobilities in grassroots sport. Or a systematic approach to sharing of best practices in grassroots sport, like ISCA’s MOVE Transfer.Make it transversal! Sport is admittedly a small policy area compared to others. We don’t advocate for it to grow immensely. Rather would we see that the European Commission leads the way to show how sport and physical activity can be incorporated and valuable in other sectors’ work. The Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle was a good start (including the sectors of health and rural development) – we suggest to also focus on the value for Citizenship, Regional Development, Environment, Employment, Transportation and Economic development! We wish you all the best in your new role and look forward to giving more examples and ideas from the grassroots sport sector! Jacob SchouenborgISCA Secretary General Read more about the European Commissioners-designate and their mission letters from President-elect Ursula von der Leyen here.Pictured above: The new structure of the European Commission 2019-2014 (European Commission)
    Open letter from ISCA to Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel – 3 free ideas!
  • With grassroots sport diplomacy, we can achieve so much with very little: Interview with Silvija Mitevska
    Silvija Mitevska is the President of TAKT (Together Advancing Common Trust), Skopje’s leading NGO for sport development and gender equality in North Macedonia. She is a paragliding pilot, a passionate advocate for women's empowerment through sport, a part of the Global Sports Mentoring Programme and the chairperson of the Working Group on gender equality in North Macedonia. In addition to being a columnist for a national newspaper, she is an award-winning author and has published two fiction books. Silvija will speak in our Grassroots Sport Diplomacy track at the MOVE Congress on 17 October and we caught up with her to find out what she is looking forward to most about the event. What are your expectations for the MOVE Congress 2019? Is there something in particular that you are excited about?Silvija Mitevska: When the invitation came to be a speaker, I felt very honoured. I have been to the MOVE Congress in Rome, and it was one of the best events I attended in my career. The networking is incredible, and the topics covered at the MOVE Congress are interesting and relevant. I would like to learn about new ways to motivate people to be active and do sports, because it can really help them be healthier mentally and physically. One of the speakers is the leader of This Girl Can campaign, which I find really exciting as I love that campaign. In general, the range of speakers is on a high level, it is well-balanced and features a lot of women, which I appreciate. I am also excited to explore the subject of grassroots sports diplomacy, because it is relevant to some recent projects of TAKT. I think MOVE Congress 2019 going to be a very successful event. How did you get involved with TAKT?Silvija Mitevska: I was a paragliding pilot for many years. After I stopped competing, I realised what sport was all about – it was about empowerment, dialogue and inclusion. I had some time to think during a break in my career, and I realised that I could use my experience to establish an organisation for which sport would be a platform to advocate for all these important issues in North Macedonia and the Balkan region. So we got together with a few other female athletes and talked about the idea of establishing TAKT. It came out of our passion and dedication to sport as well as the motivation to do something right. Launched in 2014, TAKT is a very young organisation, but it has been very active. We are well recognised for what we do, not just because TAKT is the only sport NGO in North Macedonia, but also because it is run by women. Which of TAKT’s accomplishments has made you especially proud?Silvija Mitevska: Last year, finally, we held a massive event where we recognised the achievements of female athletes in North Macedonia. We awarded them with sport Oscars. In the past few years we felt like those women were not getting the praise they deserve. Unlike male athletes, they were not invited on a stage, they were not rewarded or given the visibility sufficient to become role models. So we really wanted to organise that event, now we are planning to make it a tradition at the end of each year to celebrate the success of North Macedonian women in sports.You are very passionate about women’s involvement in professional sport. What are the biggest barriers for their participation and how can we overcome them?Silvija Mitevska: In the Balkan countries, one of the barriers is the patriarchal society. A lot of girls are raised by certain standards and stereotypes that discourage them from participating in sports. Generally, it is a male-dominated industry. The opportunities for female and male athletes are not equal - women simply don't have the same support and sponsorship as their male colleagues. They don't have a convenient schedule for trainings, they don’t have access to the facilities, rarely do they get adequate recognition from the media. Young girls don't even have enough role models. Everybody knows about male athletes, but when girls don't know about successful female athletes, they can’t identify with them and be inspired. Unfortunately, the drop-out rates in sports among girls are twice as high as those among boys. There should be special strategies and action plans to fix this. That is why TAKT is working on two levels. On the grassroots level we educate girls on how sport can shape their character and their life. We expose them to role models and success stories. On a higher level we work with sport governing bodies to raise awareness about the aforementioned issues. We try to introduce quotas and policies that would give girls better access to sport, and women to leadership positions. It is not easy to be the only NGO in North Macedonia advocating for these issues, but we believe in our cause. So far, the government has been open to our suggestions, so things are moving in a positive direction but I would love to see the change more rapidly. We shouldn't wait so much for the gender gap to close. How do you see grassroots sport actions becoming a niche of diplomacy?Silvija Mitevska: I find the subject of grassroots sport diplomacy very interesting. It is a new type of diplomacy, so when I first heard about it a couple years ago, I immediately felt attracted to it. Grassroots sport diplomacy is all about value-based communication and exchange across borders. Fortunately, with ISCA we can build bridges and partnerships through North Macedonia and Kosovo, and it has been working perfectly. I think that when you don’t involve the state, and instead do sport activities on a grassroots level, it is bound to be successful and have a great impact. Sometimes we don’t speak the same language but we still trust each other and build strong connections when speaking the language of sport. The soft power we can share and explore through grassroots sport diplomacy is just amazing, and I believe that it is only going to develop more. As an ambassador of grassroots sport diplomacy in the Balkan region, what could you recommend for future activities in Balkan countries? What are the challenges and solutions?Silvija Mitevska: Well, I believe in the bright future of grassroots sport diplomacy in Balkan countries. We may have some misunderstandings and not-so-friendly relationships with the surrounding countries, but through grassroots sport diplomacy we can establish a people-to-people dialogue away from the governments. I believe that there should be a strategy on that issue in North Macedonia, because when it comes to grassroots sport diplomacy, we can achieve so much with very little. We see great potential in this niche, and TAKT will keep on exploring it. Learn more about Grassroots Sport Diplomacy at the official website and learn how to become a Grassroots sport Diplomat at the MOVE Congress 2019. Tickets are available here.
    With grassroots sport diplomacy, we can achieve so much with very little: Interview with Silvija Mitevska
European Week of Sport leaps into action
This week, organisations around Europe calling on everyone – regardless of age or background – to get physical! ISCA is backing the Europe-wide #BeActive campaign which promotes sport and exercise for healthier living. Physical inactivity across Europe is getting more prevalent, with a negative impact on people’s quality of life, as well as on the economy. According to the European Commission, the proportion of people who never exercise or play sport is worryingly high at 35%! Girls are more likely to do less exercise or sport than boys. As part of the #BeActive campaign, ISCA and our European Week of Sport (23-30 September) partners in Denmark are organising 300 events in 100 locatons across the country. The events will focus on sport in schools, workplaces, outdoors, and in sports clubs. The launch is happening today at UN City (pictured above), thanks to our collaboration with WHO Europe and the Ollerup Academy for Physical Education. The European Commissioner responsible for Sport, Tibor Navracsics, emphasises the need for bottom-up initatives that promote being active: “The lack of physical activity in our modern lifestyles leads to major health problems and costs our economies billions. We can all be active in different ways - from taking a short walk to running a marathon. I am calling on everyone to join us in the European Week of Sport.” Finland, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, is officially launching the Week on 23 September with an Opening Ceremony in Espoo. ISCA Project Manager Laura-Maria Tiidla is at the launch. Find out more about the European Week of Sport in Denmark 

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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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