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  • MOVEment Spaces webinar now available on-demand
    The very first ISCA webinar on MOVEment Spaces was streamed on Monday live from Nordhavn in Copenhagen, a new development where architects, city planners and grassroots sport associations including ISCA member DGI have collaborated on opening up existing spaces for physical activity and delivering activities, such as Copenhagen Runners High, so the public can use them. The live seminar featured Jakob Juhl Pedersen (Director of DGI Copenhagen), Rikke Faaborg Jarmer (Development Director of By&Havn at the City of Copenhagen) and Jakob Færch (Development Consultant at the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities/LOA Fonden). Their discussion, led by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg, focuses on the collaboration between grassroots sport associations, city planners and architects. It also highlighted a particular initiative in Nordhavn that has created an open recreational facility on the top of a building close to the harbour, called Konditaget Lüders. Jakob Færch mentioned that the initiative was “the first recreational facility in this area and it’s a combination of a problem originating when we have less space in the big cities, where we are developing fast, what can we do to create new examples and new ways to incorporate the architecture with the physical recreation facilities.” Watch the full webinar to learn more perspectives from three frontrunners in this increasingly important space. 
    MOVEment Spaces webinar now available on-demand
  • Seven pilot actions selected for support through Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project
    ISCA and the partners of the EU-supported Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project have selected seven selected pilot actions to start a 10-month experimentation of a small scale Grassroots Sport Diplomacy activity. Each of the selected organisations’ initiatives will receive €5000 in support to implement their activities, as well as support from the project partners in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating their activities. Six of the initiatives were selected by the project partners, and the seventh was selected through an open call for applications. The selected initiatives are: Vivicittà Lebanon, by UISP, ItalyTraining physical activity leaders in multicultural environments, by UBAE, SpainMulheres em Campo | Mujeres en campo | Women on the field, by SESC, BrazilBuilding relations between Hungary and Colombia through grassroots sport, by Hungarian National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation (NSULF), HungaryWe Welcome Young Refugees, by Royal Europa ‘90 Kraainem Football Club, BelgiumBuild Bridges through Sport, by TAKT, Macedonia (selected through open call)Removing Barriers to Sport: harnessing best practice to ensure youth sport is inclusive, accessible and fun, by Youth Sport Trust, UK Preparation for the pilot actions starts as soon as next week, and we will present updates on the actions as they progress both here and on the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy webpage, to be launched soon.Pictured above: The Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project is carving a new niche in sport diplomacy, taking it from being a handshake between elite actors to diplomatic actions at the grassroots level. What is Grassroots Sport Diplomacy?  
    Seven pilot actions selected for support through Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project
  • Don't miss the MOVEment Spaces live seminar from Copenhagen: 29 October 2018, 14:00-15:00 CET
    What are the key ingredients you need to transform urban spaces into active spaces? Tune into our live stream at 14:00 CET on Monday 29 October for exclusive insights from Copenhagen into how local authorities and the grassroots sport movement can collaborate to take advantage of urban public spaces as new arenas for physical activity. Learn from Danish frontrunners DGI, the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (LOA Fonden) as we focus on best practice, mutual benefits and also challenges in working on urban space projects. Introducing our live seminar speakers:Jakob Juhl Pedersen, Director, DGI CopenhagenRikke Jarmer Faaborg, Development Director, By&Havn, City of CopenhagenJakob Færch, Development Consultant, Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities  Register to participate Find out more 
    Don't miss the MOVEment Spaces live seminar from Copenhagen: 29 October 2018, 14:00-15:00 CET
  • “Our initiative started with a dream and now it’s getting the recognition it deserves”: MOVEment Spaces Award winners celebrate successful partnerships
    Four exemplary partnerships who have transformed “green”, “black” and “blue” urban spaces into active spaces will travel to Paris next month to receive their ISCA Awards for MOVEment Spaces at the Moving People – Moving Europe seminar on 23 November. The lucky winners were revealed last week from the 12 shortlisted candidates. It was a difficult task for our ISCA Awards 2018 expert jury to narrow down the 35 eligible candidates for this year’s MOVEment Spaces awards, as there are so many successful examples of NGOs, grassroots sport organisations and local authorities who are Moving People by utilising the spaces around them. The initiatives that ultimately stood out to the experts were Fitness-Locations from DTB in Germany (green space), Looking for a Place to Dream from GAME Lebanon (black space), and Bathing Zones from the City of Copenhagen, Culture and Leisure Department in Denmark (blue space). The People’s Choice award was also toughly contested, with the public’s favourite being the partnership, led by Healthy Ireland: Healthy Cities and Counties, who created Swim Distance Markers in Galway Bay. Fiona Donovan, Project Lead for the Healthy Ireland: Healthy Cities and Counties project says Galway City is thrilled that its idea to mobilise the community by making its local waters more accessible is being recognised worldwide and is proving to be both sustainable and transferrable. “Galway City, Ireland, is delighted to secure the ‘People’s Choice Award’, which we think reflects the broad appeal of sea swimming and also the simplicity of the idea,” she explains. “The swim distance markers in Salthill have been hugely popular and successful as they have opened up people’s minds to swimming in the sea and they also provide incentives to progress. This award has also promoted the idea across Ireland and other countries which is fantastic.” Similarly, the Bathing Zones initiative in Copenhagen has succeeded in making the harbours around the city some of the most popular places for swimming – both in summer and winter – which the city celebrates as a great achievement. “On behalf of the City of Copenhagen, I am certainly proud that our bathing zones have won an international award. In Copenhagen we take great pride in the clean harbour and our ability to include it in our active urban spaces. If our bathing zones can be an inspiration to other cities, we are very happy,” says Mads Kamp Hansen, Head of the City of Copenhagen’s Cultural Development. Lebanese project starts with a dream to create active spaces for youthThe ISCA Awards were open to entries from around the world, and GAME Lebanon stood out with its “Looking for a Place to Dream” initiative that has engaged young people as Playmakers who have been responsible for designing and executing the initiative’s app and campaign. Salem Loutfi (pictured above, photo courtesy of GAME), a street basketball Playmaker at GAME Lebanon expresses what winning an international award means to him and his team of Playmakers. “It fills my heart with joy knowing that a small idea we discussed in our small office got this far. I never have thought the result would turn out to be as amazing as this. This campaign started with a dream and now it’s getting the recognition it deserves, because of this, I see that youth will help us in finding more urban places to be active together. This campaign will give them hope that their dreams might come true in having a public place where they can enjoy doing their activities.” Dreams begin not only with an idea, but a strong partnership that can make that dream happen, and Pia Pauly, the head of DTB’s Sport Development department, says the recognition for transforming local parks into open air gyms is a win for both DTB and their partners. “We are happy and proud to win an ISCA Award for MOVEment Spaces. We didn’t expect this and our partners are also really happy,” she says. And we look forward to presenting all of the winners with their awards when we gather with 150 grassroots sport enthusiasts from 79 countries in Paris this November. Find out more about the ISCA Awards for MOVEment Spaces By Rachel Payne, ISCA
    “Our initiative started with a dream and now it’s getting the recognition it deserves”: MOVEment Spaces Award winners celebrate successful partnerships
  • ISCA Awards jury share how they selected this year’s MOVEment Spaces winners
    Last week we were proud to announce the four winners of the first ISCA Awards for MOVEment Spaces. Three of these awards (pictured above and below), which recognise partnerships that have transformed urban spaces into active spaces, were selected by a panel of experts, while the People’s Choice Award was selected by the voting public. We spoke to two of the members of the expert jury to find out exactly what they were looking for when selecting the winners of the Blue, Green and Black spaces awards. They also gave some more specific thoughts on the projects that will receive the great accolade of collecting their award next month in Paris. Expert jury member Maria Luiza Souza Diaz, who is the Manager of Physical and Sportive Development for SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio) São Paulo, knows all about what makes a successful MOVEment Space and a successful partnership, having the responsibility in her day job of overseeing the advancement of physical activity in one of the world’s ten largest cities. She explains that while the winners had different ideas, and carried them out in different parts of the world, there were aspects that united them all, and meant they were chosen as recipients of the awards. “All the winners brought concrete experiences in relation to encouraging the practice of physical activities and sports in different contexts. They imagined and realised spaces for more active lives in parks, squares, streets and in aquatic environments. That was the backdrop for all the winners, as well of how they positively changed the physical reality of each place where their project happened,” she says. Maria Luiza explains just how the winners stood out in the eyes of the jury in relation to how the partnership aspect of the Award criteria, stating that, “One of the reasons for the choices was the commitment of the partners in these projects to work together. But it was also related to the innovative solutions found in each one of the different places, allowing public access in different sports and recreational practices.” On a personal level the aspects of the winners’ projects Maria thought were most important, and that others could learn from, were: “Local transformations, open access and the sustainability of the proposals were essential for the bidders to win the awards. Another important point was to consider the social context where each of the projects were carried out.” What made the winning entries stand out to our experts?Fellow expert jury member Oliver Vanges, a Development Consultant for the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, has spent more than ten years engaged in projects with an overarching aim of revitalising and redeveloping the built environment for exercise, sport and recreation purposes for people from all walks of society. His experience in the field gave him numerous projects from around the world to compare the nominees to, he explains just what it was about each winner that made them such excellent examples of MOVEment Spaces. First he discussed the Blue Spaces Award winner, “Bathing Zones”, from Copenhagen Cities Culture and Leisure Department, stating that it stood out “due to its simplicity, accessibility and subtle way of handling quite intricate combinations of interests in the urban harbour environments.” In regards to the Black Spaces Award winner, “Looking for a Space to Dream”, from GAME Lebanon, Oliver explained that “it is strong in activating and empowering local user groups in identifying and transforming derelict black spaces in the dense city. It is definitely fundamentally bottom up, but with direct relations to local authorities established by the host organisation.” Finally the Green Spaces Award winner, “Fitness Locations”, from DTB in Germany, was considered such a strong applicant because of its “qualities and easy implementation. It offers a recognisable setting for physical training and, as such, presumably mostly encourages more or less well established user groups and individuals to get active.” The winners will all have the chance to meet the expert jury in Paris, who will be present for the one-day seminar, awards ceremony and MOVEment Spaces final project meeting. Find out what this worldwide recognition means to our first ISCA Awards winners By Alex Appleyard-Keeling, ISCA
    ISCA Awards jury share how they selected this year’s MOVEment Spaces winners
MOVEment Spaces webinar now available on-demand
The very first ISCA webinar on MOVEment Spaces was streamed on Monday live from Nordhavn in Copenhagen, a new development where architects, city planners and grassroots sport associations including ISCA member DGI have collaborated on opening up existing spaces for physical activity and delivering activities, such as Copenhagen Runners High, so the public can use them. The live seminar featured Jakob Juhl Pedersen (Director of DGI Copenhagen), Rikke Faaborg Jarmer (Development Director of By&Havn at the City of Copenhagen) and Jakob Færch (Development Consultant at the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities/LOA Fonden). Their discussion, led by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg, focuses on the collaboration between grassroots sport associations, city planners and architects. It also highlighted a particular initiative in Nordhavn that has created an open recreational facility on the top of a building close to the harbour, called Konditaget Lüders. Jakob Færch mentioned that the initiative was “the first recreational facility in this area and it’s a combination of a problem originating when we have less space in the big cities, where we are developing fast, what can we do to create new examples and new ways to incorporate the architecture with the physical recreation facilities.” Watch the full webinar to learn more perspectives from three frontrunners in this increasingly important space. 

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The 7th European edition of NowWeMOVE’s signature event MOVE Week took place on 28 May-3 June 2018 and MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana Muévela and Semana MOVE Brasil) took place on 23-30 September 2018. Stay tuned for the dates for 2019!

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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 2018. 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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