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  • MOVE Transfer Europe China Project Final Conference: The way forward in collaboration and intercultural dialogue
    After 16 months of a learning experience for 54 leaders from 41 different organisations and 19 different countries – which brought them together both in person and online to collaborate on three areas of physical activity promotion – we are approaching the last two months of the MOVE Transfer Europe-China project. The final project meeting and conference will be held in four different "bubbles" (Europe, Beijing, Nanjing and Hong Kong /Macau), with three methodologies (online, offline and hybrid), from 19 to 21 April 2021. The final conference will be held in connection with the World Leisure Congress on 15-21 April, where the project partners will hold 13 presentations, which were accepted as part of the programme. The MOVE Transfer Europe – China project was initiated two years ago to develop individual competencies and organisational networks that will drive sport participation and mutual relations forward between China and Europe. So far, we organised 33 online meetings and 5 webinars in 3 different groups (Outdoor Activities, Active Ageing, and Active Schools). The three-day meetings will also us to experience a different version of the hybrid format that has entered our lives throughout last year. While the partners in Beijing and Nanjing will meet physically, and will also implement different study tours; other partners in Europe, Hong Kong, and Macau will meet in two hybrid workshops for 3 hours every day. In addition to this, we will share presentations and have smaller group discussions on 5 different topics: Magic Formula for Active Communities(After Covid-19) Re-STARTGrassroots Sport Diplomacy and Intercultural DialogueThe way forward - Proposals from MT Europe-China project partnersInternational dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme and international cooperation policies In the Magic Formula session, we will try to reach solutions that will benefit every organisation involved, focusing on outdoor activities, active ageing and active schools, through breakout room discussions. Right after, we will hear examples from Poland, Hong Kong, Germany and Beijing at the (After Covid-19) Re-START workshop. We will learn about the situation of sports clubs and schools after the pandemic in different part of the world. On the third working day of the final meeting, we will discuss the topic of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy and intercultural dialogue. We will have two presenters: Prof. Thierry Zintz, Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Sports Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain, and EOSE President, Belgium, and Prof. Yiyi Jiang, Doctoral supervisor at School of Sport Leisure and Tourism, Beijing Sport University, China. Although this is a final project meeting, the cooperation and exchange between Europe and China will not come to an end. We consider this final meeting as a next step of the relationship between Europe and China – a step towards building and maintaining a network of more than 50 sport organisations and institutions, that share the same vision: “To build a world of physically active citizens in vibrant civil societies”. In this direction, we will listen to the proposals of our three working groups for a future collaboration. In the final session, we will have three guests from the European Commission to present the International dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme and international cooperation policies. Adrian Veale, Policy officer responsible for Asia, from International Cooperation Unit, DG EAC will be focusing on the overall international dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme, as well as DG EAC international cooperation policies. Floor Van Houdt, Head of the Sport Unit, will give us an insight on Erasmus+ Sport actions and, as our final guest, Naïs Rigollet from DG EAC Sport Unit will present the activities of the Sport Unit in terms of international cooperation. Read more about the MOVE Transfer Europe-China Project and keep updated on the recent activities! By Hilal Erkoca, ISCA
    MOVE Transfer Europe China Project Final Conference: The way forward in collaboration and intercultural dialogue
  • 5 reasons why you should celebrate No Elevators Day this April
    On 28 April we’re celebrating the 7th No Elevators Day – a day encouraging people all around the world to use the stairs instead of elevators or escalators. We invite you to #UseTheStairs to climb towards a healthier lifestyle and share your climbs and workouts on social media to be part of our growing active community of MOVE Agents. Small changes in your daily routine, like choosing to go to work by bicycle or walking instead of taking a car or public transport – or like taking the stairs instead of an elevator – can make big differences. #UseTheStairsSwitching from elevators to stairs makes physical activity something you don’t have to plan or prepare for. It is as easy as it gets to give yourself a small dose of physical activity during your day. You can also #UseTheStairs in a creative way to transform them into a home, office or open air gym. Five reasons to join inYou will find new ways of using the stairsAdd physical activity to your daily routineCreate a healthy habit for yourself and inspire others to follow your leadInstead of burning electricity, you will burn caloriesBy participating you will join a global celebration of movement for health and wellbeing! How to participateStart thinking of stairs as a useful tool to help you #FindYourMove and to #BeActive. If you would like to organise an event and promote the idea in your environment, check out our No Elevators Day resources.If you organise an event, register your event and join our social media community: Facebook, Twitter and InstagramShare the invitation with everybody around you and share your ideas on how to #UseTheStairs on social media.Document the event with pictures and video.Share them with the community by using the hashtags #UseTheStairs and #NoElevatorsDay. Visit the official No Elevators Day website for more inspiration By Jana Milosevic, ISCA 
    5 reasons why you should celebrate No Elevators Day this April
  • Join our European Mile webinar with Derby County Community Trust: Practical example of organising running events for a charitable cause
    ISCA is hosting the first of a series of European Mile webinars this Wednesday 14 April with Emma Pilgrim, who is the Fundraising and Events Manager at Derby County Community Trust. The webinar, 'A practical example of running events for a charitable cause', will give an overview of the Derby County Community Trust, UK, and the Derby 10K, history of the event, charitable aspect of the race, logistics of organising a mass participation event and showing your impact. Register for the webinar here Emma has been the Event Manager for the Derby 10K for six years and the event is the largest mass participation running event in Derby City, which attracts over 5000 entrants and raises thousands of pounds for local charities. As a volunteer, she is also responsible for organising cycling and gymnastics events for local sports clubs. The webinar is part of the European Mile project, which is an Erasmus+ Sport-supported free event celebrating the joy of moving again at a gentle pace – by running, walking or rolling a mile – after long periods of lockdown. Anyone with an interest in short distance running, walking and moving on two wheels can create their own event or donate their miles during 2021 to take part. By joining in, you’ll be moving together with people around Europe. The main celebration of the European Mile takes place on 5 June 2021. Visit the official European Mile websiteRegister for the webinar
    Join our European Mile webinar with Derby County Community Trust: Practical example of organising running events for a charitable cause
  • Help shape education and training in sport for development: Take part in our online consultation
    Coinciding with the International Day of Sport Development and Peace (IDSDP) on 6 April 2021, the partners of the Erasmus+ Sport-supported CHANGE project, including ISCA, have launched an industry-wide consultation on occupational standards that are applicable to people working in sport for development job roles. Anyone working in the field of sport for development is invited to take the survey until 28 May. Even if you work outside of the EU, we still welcome your views, as Sport for Development is a global phenomenon. The survey consists of 11 questions and the amount of detail you provide in your responses is up to you. Click here to take part. The new standards for sport for development practitioners developed through the project will help to define the area and establish new education and training opportunities that meet the needs of practitioners in this ever-changing and evolving part of the sport and physical activity sector. Occupational standards can be used by employers to support workforce development, and can be used by education and training providers to develop new courses and qualifications to upskill both new and experienced practitioners.Your views are vital to make the standards as comprehensive and relevant as possible. Click here to access the survey A warm thank you in advance for your contribution and feel free to contact Ben Gittus from the European Obervatoire of Sport and Employment if you have any questions. Find out more about the CHANGE Project: Defining skills and competences for sport to act as a tool for development of people and society in Europe.
    Help shape education and training in sport for development: Take part in our online consultation
  • ACTIVE STAIRS DESIGN FOR NO ELEVATORS DAY 2021 Webinar: Placemaking meets physical activity
    Designers and architects can play an active role in boosting people’s physical activity levels by intentionally designing public spaces, streets, and staircases that entice and encourage people to exercise. If you’re interested in gaining knowledge and inspiration on the topic, and building your placemaking network, ISCA invites you to join our next webinar “Active Stairs Design for No Elevators Day 2021" on 8 April 2021. ISCA and Placemaking Europe are joining forces to lead the webinar and a general call to action in 2021 for NowWeMOVE campaign MOVE Agents and the placemaking network to promote physical activity through creative active urban space ideas. No Elevators Day is an event with a very straightforward idea: to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, which can be achieved by doing something as simple as taking/using the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. However, it may be not that easy for some people – not only because of physical limitations like disabilities or medical conditions. In high-rise buildings, stairs could be inaccessible or just locked, residential stairs are often plain or cramped, the outdoors ones may be dull, unsafe or dirty…That’s why during the webinar the presenters will share insights about why active design is such an important feature of our lives, discuss the link between placemaking and physical activity, share knowledge and practical tips to activate the stairs and give inspiration to placemakers, architects, designers and MOVE Agents to join in No Elevators Day with their creativity and skills. Click here to register for the webinar on 8 April 2021 at 15.00 CET. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Host: Laska Nenova (ISCA)Laska Nenova is the Head of Membership and Campaigns at the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA). Laska is responsible for sustaining and scaling up all NowWeMOVE activities and events, such as MOVE Week, No Elevators Day, International School Sport Day, and the newest European Mile. In addition, Laska is a board member of the Placemaking Europe, the not-for-profit network of European Placemakers. In this role Laska strives to create better and closer relationships between the grassroots sport sector and the urban development/placemaking sector to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and great ideas. Laska has graduated with BA of Economics, MBA of International Trade and holds certifications in personnel management, inbound and digital marketing, non-formal education training, and group fitness training. SPEAKERSAnna Louise Bradley is an urban researcher and project manager at STIPO. At STIPO, she both manages contributions to international cross-knowledge exchanges and further puts forwards research towards the JPI Urban Europe project, PlaceCity, seeking to uncover and define placemaking and public space tools with numerous international partners. Additionally, she acts as Placemaking Europe's secretariat and works to professionalise the placemaking field by researching and identifying recurring key placemaking models for successful implementations. Lorenzo Mele is the Principal of Attivo Designs in Toronto, Canada. He is a sustainability and active design specialist and applies a human-centred design approach to resource management, sustainability, and transportation demand management. He earned his B.Sc. in Natural Sciences and Diploma in Forest Technology from Lakehead University and has worked for Provincial, Regional and Municipal governments and non-governmental organisations in Canada in the fields of forestry, solid waste, water conservation, transportation, and public health. He is a member of the Ontario Traffic Council – Active Transportation Committee, the board of directors of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Association for Commuter Transportation of Canada (ACT Canada). Center for Active Design is a non-profit organisation that promotes architecture and urban planning solutions to improve public health. Speaker information coming soon! Follow the link to register for the webinar on 8 April 2021 at 15.00 CET. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    ACTIVE STAIRS DESIGN FOR NO ELEVATORS DAY 2021 Webinar: Placemaking meets physical activity
MOVE Transfer Europe China Project Final Conference: The way forward in collaboration and intercultural dialogue
After 16 months of a learning experience for 54 leaders from 41 different organisations and 19 different countries – which brought them together both in person and online to collaborate on three areas of physical activity promotion – we are approaching the last two months of the MOVE Transfer Europe-China project. The final project meeting and conference will be held in four different "bubbles" (Europe, Beijing, Nanjing and Hong Kong /Macau), with three methodologies (online, offline and hybrid), from 19 to 21 April 2021. The final conference will be held in connection with the World Leisure Congress on 15-21 April, where the project partners will hold 13 presentations, which were accepted as part of the programme. The MOVE Transfer Europe – China project was initiated two years ago to develop individual competencies and organisational networks that will drive sport participation and mutual relations forward between China and Europe. So far, we organised 33 online meetings and 5 webinars in 3 different groups (Outdoor Activities, Active Ageing, and Active Schools). The three-day meetings will also us to experience a different version of the hybrid format that has entered our lives throughout last year. While the partners in Beijing and Nanjing will meet physically, and will also implement different study tours; other partners in Europe, Hong Kong, and Macau will meet in two hybrid workshops for 3 hours every day. In addition to this, we will share presentations and have smaller group discussions on 5 different topics: Magic Formula for Active Communities(After Covid-19) Re-STARTGrassroots Sport Diplomacy and Intercultural DialogueThe way forward - Proposals from MT Europe-China project partnersInternational dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme and international cooperation policies In the Magic Formula session, we will try to reach solutions that will benefit every organisation involved, focusing on outdoor activities, active ageing and active schools, through breakout room discussions. Right after, we will hear examples from Poland, Hong Kong, Germany and Beijing at the (After Covid-19) Re-START workshop. We will learn about the situation of sports clubs and schools after the pandemic in different part of the world. On the third working day of the final meeting, we will discuss the topic of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy and intercultural dialogue. We will have two presenters: Prof. Thierry Zintz, Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Sports Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain, and EOSE President, Belgium, and Prof. Yiyi Jiang, Doctoral supervisor at School of Sport Leisure and Tourism, Beijing Sport University, China. Although this is a final project meeting, the cooperation and exchange between Europe and China will not come to an end. We consider this final meeting as a next step of the relationship between Europe and China – a step towards building and maintaining a network of more than 50 sport organisations and institutions, that share the same vision: “To build a world of physically active citizens in vibrant civil societies”. In this direction, we will listen to the proposals of our three working groups for a future collaboration. In the final session, we will have three guests from the European Commission to present the International dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme and international cooperation policies. Adrian Veale, Policy officer responsible for Asia, from International Cooperation Unit, DG EAC will be focusing on the overall international dimension of the new Erasmus+ Programme, as well as DG EAC international cooperation policies. Floor Van Houdt, Head of the Sport Unit, will give us an insight on Erasmus+ Sport actions and, as our final guest, Naïs Rigollet from DG EAC Sport Unit will present the activities of the Sport Unit in terms of international cooperation. Read more about the MOVE Transfer Europe-China Project and keep updated on the recent activities! By Hilal Erkoca, ISCA

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