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  • Second European School Sport Day expected to engage 1 million children
    Press release The second European School Sport Day® is set to engage more than 1 million school children from at least 17 countries in inclusive physical activity initiatives this Friday, 30 September. The day is an official European Week of Sport event supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme. Its goal is to promote physical activity and health on international level and involve as many children and young people, schools and organisations as possible. European School Sport Day® is being organised by the Hungarian School Sport Federation in partnership with the International Culture and Sport Association (ISCA), the European Physical Education Association, Youth Sport Trust (United Kingdom), Fundacja V4 Sport (Poland), and BG BE Active Association (Bulgaria). This year, the partners are building on their successful rollout of the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s National School Sport Day model to Bulgaria and Poland in 2015. They tested the day in the two new countries simultaneously with the event in Hungary last year as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign’s annual MOVE Week and the EU’s European Week of Sport. More than 300 schools in Bulgaria and 157 schools in Poland added to the 800 schools registered in Hungary. In 2014, more than 200,000 children took part in the Hungarian edition when the event was expanded nationally to include more children with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds under ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme. All schools in Europe are invited to join in the day and make use of the free European School Sport Day® developed by the partners, who draw on extensive experience in working in school settings and with grassroots sport initiatives. Organisers are encouraged to register their events on the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s webpage http://www.essd.eu/registration/ and can download the toolkit and promotional materials at http://essd.nowwemove.com/  In August this year, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) confirmed a formal registration of the event, granting a 10-year trademark for sport events, sport competitions and tournaments organised under the name of European School Sport Day®. The Hungarian School Sport Federation says this is an important step to ensuring the event’s continued expansion in the coming years. “The consortium of partners, which was initially brought together by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission, proud to achieve this milestone in the journey of developing European School Sport Day® into one of the most relevant school sport event in Europe.” NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager for Europe, Laska Nenova (ISCA) says there has been widespread interest of the event among followers of the campaign. “There has been a great uptake of European School Sport Day® on social media, with hundreds of school staff across Europe sharing our announcements and resources with their colleagues. The partners’ expertise has made the European School Sport Day resources an attractive way to promote the day and we are confident we will see a big increase in participation across Europe this year.” About the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity. Created in 1995, ISCA cooperates with its 217 member organisations, international NGOs, and public and private sector stakeholders. It has 40 million individual members from 80 countries which represent a diverse group of people active within youth, sport and cultural activities. ISCA’s activities support the general HEPA (health enhancing physical activity) policy of the EU. ISCA concentrates on three key areas – activities, education and policy-making. As well as promoting events and educational programmes, ISCA takes a full role in the public debate on sport and culture and strives to influence policies in these areas. http://www.isca-web.org About the NowWeMOVE campaign NowWeMOVE is Europe’s largest bottom-up campaign of its kind promoting sport and physical activity. Launched in 2012 by ISCA, it brings stakeholders in the sport for all from a variety of sectors together to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic across Europe. The cross-sector vision of the campaign is to get “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020.” The overall objectives of the campaign are to raise awareness of the benefits of sport and physical activity among European citizens; promote opportunities to be active in sport and physical activity; and enable sustainable and innovative capacity building for providers of physical activity initiatives through open-source solutions and advocacy. Please visit the NowWeMOVE website for more information – http://nowwemove.com/
    Second European School Sport Day expected to engage 1 million children
  • ISCA supports World Heart Day
    The World Heart Day is on 29 September and ISCA is partnering again with the World Heart Federation to support the day. World Heart Day is the biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease. You can take part by promoting the message or organising a physical activity event or taking part in the 8-week walking challenge. As part of the lead-up to the day, the World Heart Federation released a call yesterday urging governments to act now on cardiovascular health. Download the full press release below.Find out more about World Heart Day  
    ISCA supports World Heart Day
  • 22 countries were part of first European Fitness Day: How did your country shape up?
    Photo: The European Fitness Day was celebrated in the European Week of Sport’s opening ceremony host city, Kosice This year, ISCA and its European Fitness Day partners ukactive, BG BeActive, German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) and Sports Union of Slovenia set out to scale-up the successful UK National Fitness Day and roll it out across Europe. With fitness centres and clubs in 22 countries and over 180 cities offering European Fitness Day events on 15 September, the early signs are that this first test was a success. Numbers are only one way of measuring success – personal experience is another. If you organised a European Fitness Day event, we invite you to share your thoughts on the very first edition. What was the impact of the event in your country? Please help us measure it by completing our European Fitness Day survey – it only takes 5 minutes and it can pave the way for an even bigger and better European Fitness Day in 2017.Our collaboration with four project partners working in fitness and physical activity promotion, including expert guidance from ukactive based on their experience with National Fitness Day, meant that we could develop a range of customised resources and promotional materials, which made it easy for event organisers to get involved. The take-up of European Fitness Day around Europe – with particularly strong numbers in Germany and Spain – was a testament to this sharing of expertise. Highlights on the day included Eurofitness in Spain combining the best of two worlds – the European Fitness Day and FlashMOVE – by getting fitness groups (including a seniors aquarobics class) to perform the official European Week of Sport flash mob in their workout sessions. Watch their video here Fitness centres in the European Week of Sport opening ceremony’s host city, Kosice, also got into the spirit, organising special workout sessions for the day. The National Fitness Day in the UK, held in conjunction with European Fitness Day, broke its own records with 17,000 events, which showcased the event’s potential to grow across Europe. More fitness centres and clubs in Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia shared their events on social media, and we look forward to reading the results of the survey to find out how other countries celebrated the day. Access the European Fitness Day survey hereFind out more about the most active day in Europe
    22 countries were part of first European Fitness Day: How did your country shape up?
  • Czech Sokol Organisation to host workshop on physical education in November
    On 11-13 November, ISCA member Czech Sokol Organisation will host interactive workshops to inspire people working in physical education to allow more children and their parents to enjoy being physically active in a safe and supporting environment. The PaCH 2016 workshop is supported by ISCA and will explore the following themes, which take inspiration from the American Sokol Organisation, the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games, music and recycling: Main themes of the workshopThe use of untraditional and innovative materials during the exercise of parents and children, preschool children. How to motivate pre-schoolers to use recyclable materials during PE lessons The workshop programme will include theoretical lectures (30 – 45 minutes) and practical lectures (45 – 60 min.) Themes of practical workshopsGames for parents and children, pre-school childrenMusic and movement education Creative ideas from Brazil for Olympic and Paralympic sports with recyclable materials Developing creativity through a thematic team game "at the court of Emperor Charles the IV“  Psychomotor exercises with untraditional tools Themes of theoretical lectures Why recycle?Theoretical aspects of psychomotor exercises"How to Get Your Chid Involved“ - the experience of American Sokol Organization with programs for pre-school children The workshops will be in English and Czech (and translations will be provided) and registration is open until 14 October. Please download the PDF below for more information. 
    Czech Sokol Organisation to host workshop on physical education in November
  • Erasmus+ Sport 2016 grant results in: ISCA awarded project grant and partner in three more successful bids
    Photo: ISCA's new project MOVEment spaces will explore how outdoor settings are used for physical activity (Plovidiv city square pictured) ISCA has been awarded a project grant in the latest round of Erasmus+ Sport funding opportunities, with the results of the small and large Collaborative Partnerships and Not-for-profit European sport events announced this week. The Collaborative Partnerships project, MOVEment Spaces, will be ISCA’s first focusing on the delivery of physical activity programmes in existing urban spaces and facilities.ISCA is also a partner in three projects that were selected from the small and large Collaborative Partnership proposals: StreetGames’ (UK) European Us Girls Project, UISP’s (Italy) #DopOut: Social network and peer education against doping, and the Sport Union of Slovenia’s MOVE Transfer-inspired project to transfer its Healthy Clubs programme to Bulgaria and Malta.MOVEment Spaces will bring together a consortium of 14 partners from 7 countries (Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK), including a group of expert institutions, a group of key European Cities (Barcelona, Birmingham, Paris, Plovdiv and Wroclaw), and grassroots sport promoters to test project-based programmes in urban settings.We will share more information on these projects in the coming months and look forward to exploring the grassroots sport sector from new angles!Find all of the selection results from the Erasmus+ Sport May 2016 call for proposals here 
    Erasmus+ Sport 2016 grant results in: ISCA awarded project grant and partner in three more successful bids
Second European School Sport Day expected to engage 1 million children
Press release The second European School Sport Day® is set to engage more than 1 million school children from at least 17 countries in inclusive physical activity initiatives this Friday, 30 September. The day is an official European Week of Sport event supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme. Its goal is to promote physical activity and health on international level and involve as many children and young people, schools and organisations as possible. European School Sport Day® is being organised by the Hungarian School Sport Federation in partnership with the International Culture and Sport Association (ISCA), the European Physical Education Association, Youth Sport Trust (United Kingdom), Fundacja V4 Sport (Poland), and BG BE Active Association (Bulgaria). This year, the partners are building on their successful rollout of the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s National School Sport Day model to Bulgaria and Poland in 2015. They tested the day in the two new countries simultaneously with the event in Hungary last year as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign’s annual MOVE Week and the EU’s European Week of Sport. More than 300 schools in Bulgaria and 157 schools in Poland added to the 800 schools registered in Hungary. In 2014, more than 200,000 children took part in the Hungarian edition when the event was expanded nationally to include more children with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds under ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme. All schools in Europe are invited to join in the day and make use of the free European School Sport Day® developed by the partners, who draw on extensive experience in working in school settings and with grassroots sport initiatives. Organisers are encouraged to register their events on the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s webpage http://www.essd.eu/registration/ and can download the toolkit and promotional materials at http://essd.nowwemove.com/  In August this year, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) confirmed a formal registration of the event, granting a 10-year trademark for sport events, sport competitions and tournaments organised under the name of European School Sport Day®. The Hungarian School Sport Federation says this is an important step to ensuring the event’s continued expansion in the coming years. “The consortium of partners, which was initially brought together by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission, proud to achieve this milestone in the journey of developing European School Sport Day® into one of the most relevant school sport event in Europe.” NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager for Europe, Laska Nenova (ISCA) says there has been widespread interest of the event among followers of the campaign. “There has been a great uptake of European School Sport Day® on social media, with hundreds of school staff across Europe sharing our announcements and resources with their colleagues. The partners’ expertise has made the European School Sport Day resources an attractive way to promote the day and we are confident we will see a big increase in participation across Europe this year.” About the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity. Created in 1995, ISCA cooperates with its 217 member organisations, international NGOs, and public and private sector stakeholders. It has 40 million individual members from 80 countries which represent a diverse group of people active within youth, sport and cultural activities. ISCA’s activities support the general HEPA (health enhancing physical activity) policy of the EU. ISCA concentrates on three key areas – activities, education and policy-making. As well as promoting events and educational programmes, ISCA takes a full role in the public debate on sport and culture and strives to influence policies in these areas. http://www.isca-web.org About the NowWeMOVE campaign NowWeMOVE is Europe’s largest bottom-up campaign of its kind promoting sport and physical activity. Launched in 2012 by ISCA, it brings stakeholders in the sport for all from a variety of sectors together to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic across Europe. The cross-sector vision of the campaign is to get “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020.” The overall objectives of the campaign are to raise awareness of the benefits of sport and physical activity among European citizens; promote opportunities to be active in sport and physical activity; and enable sustainable and innovative capacity building for providers of physical activity initiatives through open-source solutions and advocacy. Please visit the NowWeMOVE website for more information – http://nowwemove.com/

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The 5th edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week took place in the spring in Europe for the first time this year (23-29 May 2016). MOVE Week in Latin America will be in November (19-27 November in Brazil, Semana Move Brasil).

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The MOVE Congress will not be held in 2016. Stay tuned for the dates and location of the MOVE Congress 2017. What is the MOVE Congress? See the highlights from the 2015 edition.

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MOVE Quality aims to identify initiatives which inspire more people to be physically active, build the capacity of the organisations delivering them and reward their achievements with a certificate.

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ISCA has created MOVE Transfer as a process of identifying physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations that have run successfully in one setting and transferring them to a new setting (new organisation, new community).

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Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self Assessment Tool: an interactive online tool providing a range of information and templates across three themes of governance and four principles. Start your self-assessment now!

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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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