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  • ISCA’s ActiveVoice online course to empower healthy lifestyle advocates
    When you want to influence a change in the world, you need to be convincing. Sometimes it may be challenging to effectively communicate with decision-makers, and the physical activity sector is no different. That is why ISCA teamed up with various international organisations to create the ActiveVoice online learning course and help you and your organisation become better equipped to advocate for healthy lifestyles. You will start the ActiveVoice online course by carrying out an assessment for your organisation’s advocacy. The aim of this tool is to help your organisation understand how well it is performing in leadership in the field of health enhancing physical activity (HEPA), and where it could improve. In the course you will learn about the purpose of advocacy as well as its principles and styles. One of the modules gives a detailed overview of HEPA, helping you understand its activities and policy documents. Your organisation will benefit from learning more about working with different stakeholders and fundraising for cycling, transportation and active mobility. Other modules will provide some insight on working with sport facilities, school sport and obesity prevention. Upon completion of each topic you will receive a certificate, but above all a wealth of knowledge and advice from industry experts across the Europe. The ActiveVoice online learning course is available for free at https://learn.isca.org/.It was developed under the EU Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnership, the ActiveVoice project.  
    ISCA’s ActiveVoice online course to empower healthy lifestyle advocates
  • MOVE Congress 2019 takes shape with 21 speakers confirmed
    With a little over four months to go until the 9th MOVE Congress, we are excited to announce that the programme is taking shape and 21 speakers are now confirmed to join us in Budapest from 16-18 October 2019. Commissioner, Vice Mayor and World Champion headline openingBudapest is the European Capital of Sport in 2019, and will be featured at the MOVE Congress opening by Deputy Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, who will officially welcome the delegates to the Hungarian capital. European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, is also a Hungarian native and will share his forecast for the future of grassroots sport as the new Commissioners take office. Skipping World Champion Adrienn Bánhegyi is another prominent Hungarian who will take to the stage for an interactive skipping demonstration that will get as many people in the auditorium to “whip it, whip it good”. In a careful way, of course.Tech-savvy keynotes to reveal how they gamified physical activityMarkos Aristides Kern is an entrepreneur who became a game-changer for squash and other grassroots racquet sports, attracting more people to the sport with his huge touch screens that take Nintendo Wii’s concept to the next level. He’ll show us how he did it. Gino Singh brought the worlds of gaming, good old-fashioned storytelling and fitness together in a way that will transform your way of seeing these genres. His book Dungeons & Workouts and online TV channel Rocket Beans are designed to get screen addicts and workaholics up and moving – so expect to get drawn into his story at the MOVE Congress! More keynote and track speakers will be revealed soon! The following speakers are the first confirmed to present in our parallel tracks: Game-changers connecting physical activity and healthDr Paul Bedford, Researcher, presenter & fitness industry expert, Retention Guru Ltd, UKDr Jacqueline Mair, Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, Edinburgh Napier University, UKDr Sami Kokko, Associate Professor, University of Jyväskylä Research Centre for Health Promotion, FinlandMiklós Tóth, President, Hungarian Society of Sports Science, HungaryCarving a new niche with grassroots sport diplomacyProfessor Richard Parrish, Jean Monnet Chair of EU Sports Law and Policy, Edge Hill University, UKAaron Kearney, Consultant and Journalist, Griffith Asia Institute and AKS Media International, AustraliaSilvija Mitevska, President, Together Advancing Common Trust (TAKT), North Macedonia Redefining an “active lifestyle” with MOVEment SpacesHans Karssenberg, Founding Partner, STIPO and the City at Eye Level, NetherlandsVivian Doumpa, Urban Planner and Geographer, Stipo, GreeceLevente Polyak, Urban Planner and Researcher, Critical Concrete, Hungary Discovering new perspectives on physical activity promotion among school childrenProfessor Uwe Pühse, UNESCO Chair for Physical Activity and Health in Educational Settings, University of Basel, SwitzerlandDr Jayne Greenberg, Project Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United StatesJakub Kalinowski, President, V4Sport, Active Healthy Kids Alliance Board Member, PolandZoltán Boronyai, Department of HEPA and PE, Hungarian School Sport Federation, Hungary Opening new doors to funding and supportAgata Dziarnowska, Policy Officer, EU Sport Unit, BelgiumKai Troll, President and CEO, ASSOCIATIONWORLD, Belgium We are updating the programme regularly – please check this link for updatesBook your seat at the MOVE Congress by 30 June to take advantage of the €250 Early Bird fee 
    MOVE Congress 2019 takes shape with 21 speakers confirmed
  • Free MOVEment Spaces online course shares secrets to transforming urban spaces into active spaces
    What are the key ingredients you need to transform urban spaces into active spaces? Discover your recipe for success by completing the MOVEment Spaces online course developed by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and our partners, including experts in urban planning, European cities and grassroots sport NGOs. The course can be accessed for free at http://www.learn.isca.org. The MOVEment Spaces online course shares tips and first-hand experience from the experts on how to get started or to broaden the reach of your activities. The content is especially designed for grassroots sport and community organisations, local authorities and urban planners to learn how to secure support, identify relevant target groups and activities that can be delivered in urban spaces, and ultimately to measure the social impact of the activities. MOVEment Spaces are places that encourage local community members to use their surroundings to be active. By creating accessible and safe places for people to participate in sport and physical activity, you can play an important part in boosting their health and wellbeing. The learning content is divided into five topics that are essential factors in creating environments that offer individuals and community groups the greatest potential to lead an active life: Advocating for physical activity and healthy lifestyleUnderstanding the target group and organising activities for themThe active urban spaceSecuring cross-sector cooperation and partnership with different stakeholdersMeasuring the impact of the active urban space The course builds on the MOVEment Spaces online seminar, which gave exclusive insights from Danish frontrunners DGI, the City of Copenhagen and the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (LOA Fonden) into how local authorities and the grassroots sport movement can collaborate to take advantage of urban public spaces as new arenas for physical activity. Visit learn.isca.org to register for the course and complete the modules at your own pace. The MOVEment Spaces online course was developed under the Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnerships project led by ISCA and partners including the Cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Paris, Plovdiv, and Wroclaw, experts in urban facilities the Danish Foundation for Sport and Culture Facilities, DGI, International Association for Sport and Leisure Infrastructure Management IASLIM, and grassroots sport NGOs BG Be Active, StreetGames, Eurofitness, UFOLEP, and V4Sport. More professional development opportunities you can’t miss: Want to test your own MOVEment Space initiative?Try out a new activity or re-launch an existing one by organising your own MOVE Week event or Open Streets Day event. Want to learn more about MOVEment Spaces and placemaking?Join us at the 9th MOVE Congress in Budapest from 16-18 October 2019 for more first-hand insights into MOVEment Spaces, placemaking and rethinking urban spaces as active spaces in our special track dedicated to this exciting field of work. Tickets are now available at the official MOVE Congress website.
    Free MOVEment Spaces online course shares secrets to transforming urban spaces into active spaces
  • World Bicycle Day kicks off campaign for new ISCA event Open Streets Day
    Today, 3 June, ISCA is celebrating World Bicycle Day and once again putting the spotlight on the cycling as a simple, reliable and sustainable mode of transport. To carry the message of creating safe spaces to #BeActive even further, ISCA is also beginning its new campaign leading up to Open Streets Day, which will take place in cities across Europe on 22 September 2019. ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign began to put active transport in the spotlight with the NowWeBike initiative in 2015. The events that have followed (All Routes Lead to Brussels, Journey of Hope and Bike for Europe) have all focused on using the bicycle and other sustainable modes of transport and encouraging people to think beyond their cars when it comes to commuting. Open Streets Day will serve as a bridge between EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September) and the European Week of Sport (23-30 September), promoting both environmentally-friendly modes of transport, as well as encouraging citizens to celebrate the joy of being active. The day will involve the temporary closure of public roads to traffic and opening of them as safe venues to play, cycle and be physically active. Event registration will open soon and it will be free to register any event, big or small, that involves opening streets to the public for various activities. Active transport for all is UCI's goal this World Bicycle DayThe “Cycling for All” department of UCI, one of ISCA’s partners in the EU-supported Bike for Europe project, is currently hosting a range of fun and engaging cycling activities for World Bicycle Day in the Swiss town Aigle, where the company’s headquarters is located. It is also gathering kilometres from local cyclists to buy bikes for World Bicycle Relief. ISCA spoke to Isabella Burczak from UCI about the day. “We are delighted to celebrate this historical moment at the UCI World Cycling Centre in Aigle today with a full programme of activities for local schoolchildren and members of the public. In addition to allowing participants to discover various types of bicycles and cycling disciplines, as well as test their skills with fun and interactive activities, the event will also bring together several organisations such as UN Environment, World Bicycle Relief, Vélafrica and Pro Vélo Suisse to promote the benefits of the bicycle, and raise awareness for local and global initiatives which these organisations are currently leading. If you want to get active on June 3rd and help promote urban mobility in Africa, do not hesitate to take part in our World Bicycle Day Strava Challenge!” she says. World Bicycle Day was officially adopted by the UN General Assembly in April 2018 and encourages UN Member States to raise awareness on the benefits of cycling as well as to improve road safety and infrastructure. “Cycling is a fundamentally safe, healthy and convenient way to move about within cities, as long as we keep working to continuously improve road safety and ensure that cycling is perceived as a safe activity. This will come about through strategies focused on infrastructures, new technologies, urban planning and the behaviour of all road users. One key concern is guaranteeing space for active mobility in new infrastructure projects and urban planning; as cities continue to grow, cycling, walking and public transport should be seen as a priority in transport planning, allowing for the development of urban environments which are healthier, more active and socially inclusive,” Burczak says. Find out more about World Bicycle DayOpen Streets Day is supported by the EU Erasmus+ Sport programme as a flagship event of the 2019 European Week of Sport promoting the #BeActive message. If you would like to know more or organise an event for the Open Streets Day, get in touch with ISCA’s Project Coordinator Laura-Maria Tiidla - lmt@isca-web.org.
    World Bicycle Day kicks off campaign for new ISCA event Open Streets Day
  • How I moved Oman on No Elevators Day: Interview with MOVE Agent Ahmed Al-Suleimani
    “Your fitness is important: Move your body.” This message was a milestone for the NowWeMOVE campaign as it was one of the very first ever published in Arabic - and it achieved the desired impact. It’s not easy to inspire people to exercise in the scorching desert heat for their health and wellbeing. But Ahmed Al-Suleimani triumphed this April around No Elevators Day, as he got a national ministry, university, telecommunications authority and companies to seal off their elevators and get their employees climbing the stairs. “The event went viral that day in Oman, however there was a side conversation related to some internal issues here in Oman,” Ahmed says. “Four places organised the event and I registered them on the No Elevators Day website. They included the Ministry of Sports Affairs, Alhabib real estate company, the National University of Oman and the telecommunication regulatory authority. The Ministry of Sports Affairs was the most active place. They organised many events and they left the posters there after the event.” Ahmed started his own Twitter handle especially for the event @noelevator_oman and translated the official promotional materials into Arabic – including an animated gif of an Omani mascot climbing the stairs. His campaign ran from 13-25 April and amassed over 31,000 impressions on Twitter. How did he make Oman's first No Elevators Day a success, and what was his driving force behind getting involved? ISCA spoke to this young social entrepreneur who is making a big impact through his work at Youth Vision in Oman. How did you find out about No Elevators Day?Actually it was a coincidence. I was running a campaign in my workplace and I called it No Elevators. The campaign is about encouraging staff to use the stairs instead of elevators. There are 26 staff in my building who pledged to never use the elevator in 2019 or at least use the stairs once a day to go up to the office. The building has 8 floors and our offices between floor 3 and 7. Every day I search the internet to find quotes or pictures to send it to the participants and encourage them to continue the big challenge. One day I found your website and I used one of your posters then I contacted Dominik Sandler (No Elevators Day 2019 coordinator) and he was very supportive to make the event happen in Oman. Why did you decide to support it?Last year I decided to follow a healthy lifestyle. I was overweight and had to lose more than 20kg as my health condition was going in the wrong direction. I started going to the gym doing crossfit training and eating healthy food. Then I realised that I have to make all my lifestyle active and healthy so I started my personal no elevator challenge where I climbed 120 steps every day to my office. I found that the idea of spreading healthy lifestyle messages would make big impact in my society and to local individuals, so I was following and reading about all these kind of activities and campaigns related to healthy lifestyles and I wanted to bring them here to Oman. We do have some campaigns about these kinds of issues but I found ISCA’s activities and initiatives are very professional and they worth spreading worldwide. I am also interested in sharing good behaviours and this is what ISCA is doing in the world. I am looking forward to having further collaboration and to do other events here in Oman with the guidance and support from the ISCA and other teams. What attracted the ministry, the university and companies to support the event?The secret is all about finding the right people. When I decide to bring No Elevators Day to Oman I knew some people who would add value and make the event happen in Oman. I chose my team members carefully and they did wonderful work together. The ministry was the government representative in the event. They showed great interest in the event and they gave us all the support we need. They were very active that day and I would say they were the best place to conduct the event. The National Science University participated in a continuation of their sports week. They have a football tournament and they want to encourage their students to do physical activities. The companies were participating as a part of their employees' public engagement. They wanted their staff to be active during work hours and make a good impact on their work progress. In addition to all of that, many individuals participated in the event by themselves and have continued to use the stairs after that day. Visit the No Elevators Day Oman Twitter page to see the take-up of the event in OmanFind out more about No Elevators Day – it’s free to join in and start planning for next year’s edition on 29 April 2020Interview and story by Rachel Payne, ISCAPhotos courtesy of Ahmed Al-Suleimani 
    How I moved Oman on No Elevators Day: Interview with MOVE Agent Ahmed Al-Suleimani
ISCA’s ActiveVoice online course to empower healthy lifestyle advocates
When you want to influence a change in the world, you need to be convincing. Sometimes it may be challenging to effectively communicate with decision-makers, and the physical activity sector is no different. That is why ISCA teamed up with various international organisations to create the ActiveVoice online learning course and help you and your organisation become better equipped to advocate for healthy lifestyles. You will start the ActiveVoice online course by carrying out an assessment for your organisation’s advocacy. The aim of this tool is to help your organisation understand how well it is performing in leadership in the field of health enhancing physical activity (HEPA), and where it could improve. In the course you will learn about the purpose of advocacy as well as its principles and styles. One of the modules gives a detailed overview of HEPA, helping you understand its activities and policy documents. Your organisation will benefit from learning more about working with different stakeholders and fundraising for cycling, transportation and active mobility. Other modules will provide some insight on working with sport facilities, school sport and obesity prevention. Upon completion of each topic you will receive a certificate, but above all a wealth of knowledge and advice from industry experts across the Europe. The ActiveVoice online learning course is available for free at https://learn.isca.org/.It was developed under the EU Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnership, the ActiveVoice project.  

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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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