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  • Be part of the team tackling the physical inactivity crisis in Europe! Call for MOVE Agents for MOVE Week 2015
    Last year MOVE Week smashed all records, with 5601 events held in 1147 cities across Europe. With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has become the biggest annual week in Europe promoting the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity. MOVE Week is the opportunity for anyone with an interest in getting people active to showcase their activity or event to their community and play an important role in tackling the inactivity crisis. That person, group or organisation is a MOVE Agent. MOVE Agents are the stars of MOVE Week. They make MOVE Week happen. This year the window of opportunity for you to become a MOVE Agent is even bigger. That is because in 2015, MOVE Week will happen in the month of September. No, this doesn’t mean MOVE Week is turning into a MOVE Month – it means that every country can choose when to implement MOVE Week in the timeframe of 7-30 September according to their specific needs. The MOVE Week is financially supported by the European Commission, and this year the MOVE Week will help support the new European Commission initiative called European Week of Sport. To find out more, visit moveweek.eu and contact your National Coordinator for the MOVE Week dates in your country. 
    Be part of the team tackling the physical inactivity crisis in Europe! Call for MOVE Agents for MOVE Week 2015
  • NowWePanna! Inaugural NowWeMOVE European Panna Tour under way
    The very first European Panna Tour kicked off in Denmark last Friday and is now making its way through another eight European countries this week, including Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and its final destination, Hungary, on 2 June. The NowWeMOVE campaign introduced the European Panna Tour to its calendar this year to showcase one of the most exciting new street football activities in city squares across Europe. The aim of the event is to demonstrate an easy and attractive way for young people to get involved in grassroots sport and physical activity, and to give them an opportunity to practice their tricks alongside the experts in workshops and interactive shows. At the same time, the Panna Tour will promote the upcoming MOVE Week. The panna team of experts travelling 3000km around Europe for the Tour is comprised of four semi-professional players from Denmark: Kristoffer Licht, Amine Benmoumou, Suell Osmani (the co-founders of Copenhagen Panna House, a Danish street football community) and Soheil Haghani Moshkeleh. Osmani (pictured above) entertained the crowd and participants in Copenhagen with running commentary and some tricks of his own on Friday. He said after the event that he is embracing the opportunity to spread the word about panna, NowWeMOVE and Copenhagen Panna House: “From Copenhagen Panna House’s side it was a really nice day – we had a lot of kids participating, a lot of fun and we supported the NowWeMOVE campaign. Everybody moved. They were happy to challenge us and show their skills to the audience. We noticed a lot of people coming to the panna pitch because they saw that we were having fun with good music and children in orange NowWeMOVE T-shirts running everywhere with a smile on their face. So we are just looking forward to start the European Panna Tour, to make some panna, because NowWePanna!” Since Friday, the panna players have stopped in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Zagreb (Croatia) and Kumanovo (FYR of Macedonia) and will now visit Thessaloniki (Greece) on 28 May, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) on 29-30 May, Pitesti (Romania) on 31 May and Budapest (Hungary) on 2 June. The “grand finale” in Budapest will feature some of the stars of Hungarian football and women’s European freestyle football champion Kitti Szasz in a showdown with the NowWeMOVE panna team. NowWeMOVE Panna Tour coordinator Nenad Borkovic followed the Tour to Zagreb and saw its positive impact continuing: “I think that European Panna Tour is fulfilling its purpose,” he said. “Changes can be seen on children’s faces: they smile, they are having fun and most of all, they MOVE! All appreciation to Copenhagen Panna House and the local partners – they have shown what moving Europe towards the NowWeMOVE vision can look like. I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for all the efforts they are making!” Follow the action and see more photos from the event on the official European Panna Tour website Check out the video from Copenhagen here The European Panna Tour is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign, supporting the European Week of Sport - #BeActive. It has been organised in collaboration with DGI, the second largest sports organisation in Denmark. Panna, also called nutmeg, is a specific technique of football in which a player rolls or throws the ball between an opponent’s legs or feet. This can be done in order to pass to another player, to shoot on goal, or to carry on and retrieve it. Panna is a street football that is quite often used as a demonstrative initiative as it combines football aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics, fun and entertainment into one show. A game can be won on points according to the number of goals or with a “panna”, which ends the game. Panna is innovative and it is easy for people of all fitness levels and from a variety of communities to join in. By Rachel PaynePhotos and video: Jana Stehliková 
    NowWePanna! Inaugural NowWeMOVE European Panna Tour under way
  • Nine initiatives selected for MOVE Transfer national in 2015/2016
    ISCA has selected nine grassroots sport initiatives for hard-to-reach target groups that will be up-scaled or transferred to different communities within the same European country in 2015/2016. These initiatives have been identified as having run successfully in their current location and demonstrated the potential to expand their scope. Organisations from Hungary, Malta, Slovenia, Romania, Italy, the UK, Belgium and Greece will be part of this upcoming round of the NowWeMOVE campaign’s MOVE Transfer national process, which is supported by Coca-Cola Europe. The 10-month process of up-scaling or transferring their initiatives will start in mid-June. The initiatives selected for the 2015/2016 round of MOVE Transfer (including their target group, country and the organisations that will up-scale or transfer them) are: Fair Play Football Roadshow, Oltalom Sport Association, Hungary: Roma youth who are facing discrimination and racismTE.IS Program, Hungarian School Sport Federation, Hungary: Underprivileged students from the Hungarian convergence regions (aged 10-18)Club TE (Think Extreme), MOVE, Malta: Young people (aged 12-16) from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and refugeesSocial inclusion in/through sport, Sports Union of Slovenia (SUS): Children with physical disabilitiesBE Special, Association Sport for All Suceava, Romania: Special Olympics athletesMountain for all (La montagna per tutti), UISP - Comitato Trento, Italy: Blind peopleActive Tuesdays, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, Scotland: SeniorsEvery Step Counts (Elke stap telt), OKRA-SPORT, Belgium: SeniorsT-Ball, Greenways Social Cooperative Enterpsrise, Greece: Women and girls, Seniors ISCA will also announce its next call for organisations to go through MOVE Transfer’s sister initiative, MOVE Quality, in June, so stay tuned to find out how your organisation can take part. Visit the MOVE Transfer website to find out more about MOVE Transfer national
    Nine initiatives selected for MOVE Transfer national in 2015/2016
  • ACTIVE Network partnership inspires Romanian mayor to invest in community leisure facilities
    ISCA’s ACTIVE Network project brought the Romanian Sport for All Association together with Falticeni municipality to collaborate on new ways to help local citizens in the municipality become more active. Their partnership is continuing as part of the ongoing network developed through the project. And now it has led to a new investment in leisure facilities that will allow citizens to enjoy their favourite physical activities all-year-round. Romanian Sport for All Federation’s Mihai Androhovici writes how the ACTIVE Network project inspired a pro-active mayor to improve infrastructure for physical activity in Falticeni Municipality. Falticeni is a former communist industrial town. At that time, many of the chemical businesses closed down and people were shifted to other jobs. Its current mayor, Mr. Catalin Coman, elected in 2012, is a professor of physical education and sport. Because the town is located near large lakes and is the gateway to the Bukovina region, Mayor Coman thought that investing in leisure would be good way to give his town a boost. He was at the ACTIVE Network project kick-off meeting in Copenhagen and also attended the MOVE Congress in Barcelona in 2013. Everywhere he went, he saw investments in local community infrastructure and in recreational buildings for citizens. Taking good examples from others home with him, he proposed to the town council to apply for EU funding through the Region Programme. What is the Region Programme? It is an institution that manages funds for regional development. In Romania it is situated in the North-East Region. This management unit of EU resources allocates money to assist with the sustainable development of local communities: administration, rehabilitation historical and cultural monuments, investments in infrastructure, environment, education, culture and sports, etc. Not all of the local councillors agreed with such an investment because the amount of co-financing must come from the local budget. They felt that it would be better to start the investment project the following year. The project was voted and approved. It has now begun and is expected to be ready by the end of this year. For the municipality this is a great responsibility in terms of financial capacity and logistics to manage the EU’s resources. It is an opportunity for development and specialisation in this field. For the community it is good news because it will create direct and indirect jobs. For the citizens of the town it will be even better because it will increase their interest in being active in summer and in winter – all seasons in fact. The leisure complex will have indoor and outdoor pools. The municipality will offer free courses for children to learn how to swim. The recreational area will also have a bike path so it will attract the citizens, especially, children to move. In addition, it will support small businesses who sell and repair bicycles. Mayor Catalin Coman’s investments are mostly related to education and health. He renovates schools but also spaces for physical education classes and sports. He also created a special program to funding private sports clubs. Personally, I am glad that the involvement of Falticeni municipality in the ACTIVE Network Project has led to the development of such ideas. I believe that through this project we have contributed with “a small drop to fill the community’s cup of ideas”. Read more about the Region Programme here Find out more about ACTIVE Network here
    ACTIVE Network partnership inspires Romanian mayor to invest in community leisure facilities
  • Jean Camy: ISCA and its members can keep voluntary sector's original vision alive
    With the EuroVolNet project, ISCA took a big step into the field of volunteering in grassroots sport. It was such a big step that it was a featured track at the SPORTVISION2012 conference, which gathered the EU’s political decision makers and European institutions during the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Jean Camy, Emeritus Professor at the University of Lyon, France, shared his expertise in the culture of volunteering through the EuroVolNet project and has continued to be a part of ISCA’s network of academic advisors ever since. He recalls how he first crossed paths with ISCA and glances at the future of volunteering in non-profit organisations. As a sociologist, my interests in education, sport, popular culture, social links, and voluntary movements and their development of our European societies, spontaneously led me to cross paths with ISCA… My first encounter with ISCA was in February 2011 in Cassino (Italy). I had been asked to contribute to ISCA’s SANTE project with a presentation on “Identifying the requirements for the qualification of effective professionals and volunteers in the coaching; health and fitness; physical education and sport management strands of the industry”. It was there that I discovered a very friendly world of people strongly dedicated to the development of sport and physical activity as part of human culture. When I was invited to contribute to another project, EuroVolNet, in September 2012, I happily jumped into that new adventure. In that project I saw the power of a group of people who were willing to go further and improve the management of their voluntary associations in pursuit of both effectiveness and better democracy. My following experiences with ISCA, either in projects (such as MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer) or at the MOVE Congresses, have been as stimulating as the first ones. I must also say that I have always been impressed by the staff of the organisation. This is not only because of their friendliness and desire to make things easier, but because of their presence at the heart of the preparation of seminars and events, their clever and rigorous management of these meetings, and their capacity to keep participants mobilised all the way until their reach their expected achievements. To say it directly, what a tremendous balance! On the other side of its brilliant achievements, what are the challenges we can imagine for ISCA and its ever more numerous members in the coming years? Volunteering or, more broadly, involvement given freely to a cause, activity or another human being, remains the basis of life in our societies, even if dominant ideologies try to persuade us that this is not the case. Can we continue to promote a community culture based on the free engagement of its individual members? That is the first challenge most non-profit, and often volunteer associations, are facing. The second is that our citizens’ time for personal engagement is limited. That is why we have to learn from each other’s knowledge and experience so we can develop the efficiency of our organisations and keep them involved. But, and that is the third challenge, the humanistic vision and mission promoted by most voluntary or non-profit associations is now being threatened by new rules and procedures that have been developed in the context of business. It is therefore necessary to reinvent a “management” specific to voluntary associations so they avoid becoming too business-like. I think ISCA presents a great opportunity for sport for all associations to meet these challenges and keep moving forward. By working together and maintaining their positive approach and desire to improve, they will ensure that the original visions of the voluntary sector are kept alive… 
    Jean Camy: ISCA and its members can keep voluntary sector's original vision alive
Be part of the team tackling the physical inactivity crisis in Europe! Call for MOVE Agents for MOVE Week 2015
Last year MOVE Week smashed all records, with 5601 events held in 1147 cities across Europe. With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has become the biggest annual week in Europe promoting the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity. MOVE Week is the opportunity for anyone with an interest in getting people active to showcase their activity or event to their community and play an important role in tackling the inactivity crisis. That person, group or organisation is a MOVE Agent. MOVE Agents are the stars of MOVE Week. They make MOVE Week happen. This year the window of opportunity for you to become a MOVE Agent is even bigger. That is because in 2015, MOVE Week will happen in the month of September. No, this doesn’t mean MOVE Week is turning into a MOVE Month – it means that every country can choose when to implement MOVE Week in the timeframe of 7-30 September according to their specific needs. The MOVE Week is financially supported by the European Commission, and this year the MOVE Week will help support the new European Commission initiative called European Week of Sport. To find out more, visit moveweek.eu and contact your National Coordinator for the MOVE Week dates in your country. 

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NowWeMOVE is a European-wide campaign to promote sport and physical activity. The cross-sector vision of the campaign to get “100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020”. MOVE Week is an annual Europe-wide event and an integral part of the NowWeMOVE campaign. This year, MOVE Week will take place from 29 September to 5 October.

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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 Quality Mark.

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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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