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  • 2013 event count already surpassed 2 weeks before MOVE Week 2014!
    MOVE Agents from across Europe have already registered more MOVE Week events than the grand total for 2013. The MOVE Week 2014 event count is now up to 1682, which is 423 more than last year’s final tally of 1259. The number of MOVE Agents registered has risen to 1149, which also surpasses last year’s estimated total of 600. Bulgaria still leads the individual country tally with 248 events, followed by Hungary, which has now risen to second place with 164 events, Poland with 142, Italy with 134 and Estonia with 128. We are so close to our goal of 2000 events and 1500 MOVE Agents. Can we reach even higher? You can help make it happen by registering your event today! It’s easy to be part of the biggest pan-European week of sport. Become a MOVE Agent and register your event here.  
    2013 event count already surpassed 2 weeks before MOVE Week 2014!
  • Romanian organisation implements first MOVE Transfer activity in maximum security penitentiary
    The ISCA-led MOVE Transfer project, sponsored by Coca-Cola, is 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. As part of the project, the Romanian Federation Sport for All has transferred its MOVE Pilot Project, developed under ISCA EU-supported MOVE project, ‘Interethnic Cup Bucovina’, a physical activity and leisure event held in Botosani Penitentiary last year.The transfer of the event was done from Romanian Federation Sport for All (AJSPT) Suceava to another AJSPT district association, Iasi, and took place between 4 and 5 September 2014 at the maximum security penitentiary in Iasi, an institution under the patronage of the National Administration of Penitentiaries. The beneficiaries of these activities were the prisoners in this institution, who were glad to break their routine of 22 hours spent in their cells. Under the maximum security rules, they are only allowed to go out of their cells for 2 hours, during which they walk and exercise in the prison. Otherwise, they comply with the activities provided by the administration. The new Interethnic Cup event saw 100 prisoners engaged in football competitions and 30 guards and prisoners in chess tournaments. Besides giving the prisoners a break in their routine and the opportunity to be physically active, they were awarded with diplomas, medals and T-shirts with the name of the project on them, as well as enjoying Coca-Cola Romania products. MOVE Transfer is an initiative that opens doors and gives opportunities for hard-to-reach populations, such as this target group, to retain their rights to physical activity despite the difficult situations they face.These initiatives are not easy to implement and there is more to transferring a project than one would imagine. Mihai Androhovici, the vice president of Romanian Federation Sport for All, gives advice from his own experience: “What is important is to have enough experience to transfer an idea, and to also to DARE. If you want to be professional about your work, you have to make things happen in your own field. From there, you can transfer good practices and methods that others can implement in their community. On top of that, mutual trust and respect for everyone’s work is what governs these activities.” Although one transfer has been successfully implemented in Romania, the RomanianFederation Sport for All is moving forward with another activity to be transferred in Iasi, but this time with Bethany Social Services Foundation. The target group will be children and young people with disabilities together with their families. “Through this project, we want to share not only expertise with this target group, but also a lot of joy,” Androhovici says.By Roxana Chiriac, ISCA MOVE Transfer is supported by Coca-Cola Europe. Find out more about the initiative here
    Romanian organisation implements first MOVE Transfer activity in maximum security penitentiary
  • Interview with Nenad Borkovic, MOVE Week National Coordinator for Croatia
    Nenad Borkovic is no stranger to NowWeMOVE campaign or ISCA’s network. As part of the University of Zagreb’s student association DRITE, he grabbed the opportunity to organise and promote MOVE Week in Croatia in 2013. Now he is in his second year as Croatia’s National Coordinator and next year he will join the ISCA Secretariat as an EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteer.Earlier this month, Nenad announced that his MOVE Week team had secured support from the Croatian Ministry of Health. By the time I spoke to him about the deal he had much more news to report. Read on to find out what Croatia has in store for MOVE Week 2014!  Q. Firstly, congratulations on your agreement with the Croatian Ministry of Health! How did you achieve that?A. Thank you. I think that motivation of our partners and people who are part of this movement was instrumental in gaining the support of the Ministry of Health. Besides them we have the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport on board as well as several municipalities: City of Zagreb, County of Medjimurje, City of Prelog and City of Mursko Sredisce. Coca-Cola Adria has also recognised the dedicated work of our MOVE Agents. With their support we are looking forward in reaching our national goal, which is 11,000 participants. A great deal of the credit also goes to the Institute of Public Health County of Medjimurje, with special thanks to Renata, her colleagues and partners for the amazing work they do. Q. What did you learn from your experience as a National Coordinator last year and how has it helped you this year?A. Last year our student association was both a national coordinator and MOVE Agent. I found that experience to be the most valuable in my life. All the members of our team, who were the core of the last MOVE Week, showed great passion and dedication in trying to move Croatia. I would like to mention several names: Besim Aliti, Tea Matijasec, Lucija Smrke and Frane Boban, who were just students at that time, but students with a huge desire and will. From my experience with MOVE Week 2013 I learned that you need to put your team members first and show that you trust and appreciate them. Q. As a new member of the EU, what does being part of a pan-European event mean to Croatia?A. A lot. First of all, I want to quote one of my life role model, Nelson Mandela: "Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does". Last year Croatia became part of the European community and Croatian society needs to start to live in that way. We must broaden our horizons and enjoy the feeling of being part of Europe. MOVE Week can offer that to all of us. MOVE Week is a tool which can bring people closer together. In short, with MOVE Week we are going to find the MOVE that moves Croatia in Europe. Q. In February next year you will officially join ISCA as an EVS (European Voluntary Service) volunteer. What motivated you to apply and what do you hope to get out of your year at ISCA?A. My motivation is to be part of challenging environment that will push my limits even further. I believe that if people aren't taking steps forward, they eventually will take a step backward. Therefore, you need to take all the opportunities in your life to get new experiences and become richer. As an EVS I hope I will make some new friendships from all over the world and I will also help my friends from Croatia who I've met during the NowWeMOVE campaign to achieve their goals. Q. Finally, I think your photo on the MOVE Week National Coordinators’ page deserves a special mention. Have you noticed any extra interest in MOVE Week in Croatia since the new MOVE Week website went live?A. Haha! Thank you, but I think my picture isn't any more special than the pictures of all the other national coordinators.  The MOVE Week website is great and it is a very effective in explaining the idea of MOVE Week. I'm sure it helps all new MOVE Agents and participants and it’s one of the reasons why we can be realistic about setting high goals for MOVE Week. For everyone else who wants to join us, please check our website croatia.moveweek.eu. You’re going to enjoy moving with us!
    Interview with Nenad Borkovic, MOVE Week National Coordinator for Croatia
  • MOVE Week event count doubled in less than a week!
    The tally of events planned for MOVE Week 2014 has doubled since we gave our last update on Friday, having risen to 1164 sport and physical activity events across Europe. Bulgaria has raced to the lead with 209 events registered and Malta has made an impressive leap with 115 events. With this momentum, we are now well on our way to our goal of showcasing 2000 physical activity offers that inspire people to MOVE. Find out how to showcase your initiative or check out where you can join in an event in your community.
    MOVE Week event count doubled in less than a week!
  • MOVE&Learn manual “splendid source of inspiration” for education through sport trainers
    Interview with Sorin Buruiana (centre of photo), ETSMoveandLearn community As a result of an EU-funded multi-measure youth project, Training of Trainers (ToT), ISCA developed and launched the MOVE&Learn manual on education though sport for young people in 2013. This interactive manual has given rise to a whole new community of young people who are using and promoting this method of non-formal education across Europe. This community is called the ETSMoveandLearn community.ISCA talked to Sorin Buruiana, who was working with ISCA when the MOVE&Learn manual was conceived and who is now a fundraising consultant and an independent trainer, on how he sees the value of the manual and how it is being taken up beyond its founding project. Q. What is the ETSMoveandLearn community and what is your role in it?A. The ETSMoveandLearn community is a platform for people who are using the “education through sport” approach in their activities. We call them “ETS practitioners” and their usual profile is trainer, facilitator, youth worker, project manager or sport coach. I would call myself a developer of this community, because we are functioning at this point on a peer-to-peer basis, with no formal hierarchy. We create opportunities for each other and for organisations who would like to be involved in growing the community by organising projects, consequently applying for funding, doing training courses, seminars and teaching others how to use the ETS approach properly. Q. How do you use the MOVE&Learn manual in your non-formal training of trainers, youth leaders and coaches in grassroots sport?A. The Move&Learn manual is a splendid source of inspiration for any trainer, facilitator or sport coach. It explains the concrete methodology, what ETS is and what is not (which means distinguishing it from “education FOR sport” and “education BY sport”), and offers concrete educational activities, explained step-by-step. Many community members are using it for their events. I am also using it to raise awareness that non-formal education is rather static at this point in time, as it is implemented by many organisations and institutions. There is too much brain activity and the body is ignored. This can have negative results, especially in a one-week training course. I have organised workshops for several international organisations using ETS and I have received very positive feedback. To give you an example, in August I was involved in a 3-week Training of Trainers Advanced programme, organised by MS ActionAid Denmark in Copenhagen, for highly experienced trainers from all over the world. I facilitated a half-day session on ETS, and at the end of the day one trainer confessed that she felt like a new (training) world had opened up in front of her. Q. Do you find it a valuable tool?A. I don’t just find it a valuable tool, I think it should not be missing from the toolbox of any experienced trainer. If one should claim that learning is holistic, using our body while we are learning is a vital part of that statement. I don’t know a more effective approach than ETS. Q. What potential do you see for the tool to be used by other organisations or groups?A. ETS is easy to integrate in almost any kind of training. But a trainer should think creatively, and I think most of us get stuck in old training patterns after some years of experience. In the training that I mentioned before, I took one activity that was used by one of my colleagues, kept all the learning objectives and steps, and integrated physical activity into it. This showed the group how training sessions could be done in another way. The potential I see is huge – I am talking about creating a richer experience for the participants, by addressing their needs better and using diverse methods, not only the classic presentations, plenary and group discussions. Q. Can you tell us about any upcoming training courses that are using this approach?A. There are a few activities confirmed, which are being organised by the community members. The Association for Dialogue, Culture and Sport will implement “ETSPromo” in Romania, in October, to promote the ETS approach and Move&Learn manual to practitioners from 11 countries. The Bulgarian sports development association will organise “Sport values for better Europe”, in November. Next year we will resume a long-term programme on international project management called YesWeRun. And much more. Instead of listing them all, I will just recommend to any person who is interested in finding out more to check the community page on Facebook or the Twitter account ETSMoveandLearn and the online learning platform MOVE & Learn 
    MOVE&Learn manual “splendid source of inspiration” for education through sport trainers
2013 event count already surpassed 2 weeks before MOVE Week 2014!
MOVE Agents from across Europe have already registered more MOVE Week events than the grand total for 2013. The MOVE Week 2014 event count is now up to 1682, which is 423 more than last year’s final tally of 1259. The number of MOVE Agents registered has risen to 1149, which also surpasses last year’s estimated total of 600. Bulgaria still leads the individual country tally with 248 events, followed by Hungary, which has now risen to second place with 164 events, Poland with 142, Italy with 134 and Estonia with 128. We are so close to our goal of 2000 events and 1500 MOVE Agents. Can we reach even higher? You can help make it happen by registering your event today! It’s easy to be part of the biggest pan-European week of sport. Become a MOVE Agent and register your event here.  

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