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  • NowWeMOVE nominated as Campaign of the Year
    The European Civic Forum has nominated ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign for the Campaign of the Year category of its European Democratic Citizenship Awards. The NowWeMOVE campaign is one of four nominees for the award, which will be presented at the European Parliament’s Open Doors day in Strasbourg, France, on 4 May 2014. The nomination is a testament to the success of MOVE Week 2013 (the NowWeMOVE’s annual flagship event), which featured 1257 events organised across Europe by 600 MOVE Agents, gathering an estimated 12,500 volunteers and 500,000 individual citizens. You can cast your vote for the Campaign of the Year here (the European Civic Forum will not use or keep the email addresses people enter when they submit their votes). Other award categories include NGO of the Year, Personality of the Year and Citizen Media of the Year. The European Civic Forum and European Democratic Citizenship Awards are supported by the EU’s Europe for Citizens programme. Find out more about the awards here GET READY FOR MOVE WEEK 2014! 29 SEPT – 05 OCTMore information is coming soon!Visit the NowWeMOVE campaign website 
    NowWeMOVE nominated as Campaign of the Year
  • Quality at the heart of competition between recreation providers
    By ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg The need and demand for recreational sport and physical activity programs has never been greater. The same goes for the supply side. Offers of recreational sport and physical activity initiatives for citizens are not only coming from the traditional recreational sport sector. Today a huge range of providers from both the profit and the non-profit sectors are offering training programs, classes and events. From the non-profit sector’s point of view, we would claim that there are quite a lot of differences in the objectives and missions of a non-profit organisation offering programs, classes and events to citizens, compared to private businesses or public institutions providing similar services. The non-profit sector’s offers are often provided with idealistic perspectives to contribute to citizens’ wellbeing – at affordable prices and with a “co-creation” ethic in mind. But low cost is not the most important and convincing element for the citizens that engage in physical activity programs today. In a market rich with offers, the quality of the programs is becoming a key factor for the citizens and thereby the providers – regardless of whether the provider is a private for-profit company, a public institution or the idealistic non-profit sector. This calls for securing and validating quality, also among non-profit organisations, as a defining feature of their programmes. Over the last 5-7 years, ISCA has discovered an increasing trend for physical activity promotion initiatives to seek validation and recognition for their activities. This has led to a number of regional and national attempts at awarding various quality labels recognising aspects such as the competence of staff or trainers, internal processes and the delivering organisations themselves. The true potential in validation processes, however, lies in the capacity building that organisations can achieve. The quality of a program should be the result of a quality building process and continuous follow-up and further quality enhancement. This will ensure citizens have access to quality physical activity programs at affordable prices provided by non-profit organisations. This is why ISCA is launching MOVE Quality, which is aiming to identify initiatives for hard-to-reach populations, build the capacity of the organisations delivering them and reward their achievements with a Quality Mark. Interested in finding out more? Read the call for applications to be part of the MOVE Quality process here 
    Quality at the heart of competition between recreation providers
  • New ISCA member brings school sport back in Sierra Leone
    Last decade the Government of Sierra Leone banned school sport activities because they were often marred by violence and sometimes death. In 2010, new ISCA member Sport for Development and Peace Sierra Leone (SDP SL) decided to step in and find a solution to this barrier to sport and physical activity for young people. By 2011 the government’s ban was lifted. Tima Brewah tells ISCA how SDP SL helped turn this situation around. When SDP SL decided to take action to overturn the Sierra Leone government’s ban on school sport, we first organised seminars to train peace ambassadors in each academic institution in the country. We also did school-to-school peace outreach sessions teaching students and distributing flyers about peace and how sport promotes friendship. After a year working on this first step, we were confident that we could ask the government to lift its ban on school sport. We explained about the activities we had done and argued that they showed how school sport could be carried out peacefully. In 2011, the ban was lifted and the first Inter-Secondary School competition was held – athletics (track and field), soccer, basketball and volleyball were the chosen sporting disciplines. We were fortunate to get support from the Australian Sport Commission and Sport for Change, an organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. The government officials monitored the week-long activities closely and they were impressed by the fact that our mentoring worked and there were no reports of violence between the students. This was considered a huge success. We are proud as a group to have been able to achieve this result, and the changes in attitude among students in our country and the way they embrace sports has been phenomenal. The SDP SL Chairman, Chief Michael Shamsu Mustapha has since received an award from the Africa International Sports Convention (CISA) for his outstanding leadership and creativity. This also led to the Government of Sierra Leone appointing him as Sierra Leone Sport Ambassador and representative to UNOSDP International Working Group in 2012. About Sport for Development and Peace Sierra Leone (SDP SL)SDP SL is an initiative connected to the Sierra Leone Ministry of Youth and Sports which focuses on implementing Sport for Development and Peace policy recommendations in the national government’s development strategies. SDP SL organises sport programs for orphanages, poor communities, and communities marred with violence and drugs. 
    New ISCA member brings school sport back in Sierra Leone
  • New Eurobarometer a “wake-up call”: ISCA Europe Chairman Filippo Fossati
    The European Commission has now released its Special Eurobarometer on Sport and Physical Activity survey results for 2013, revealing little change in sport physical activity participation since 2009 and up to a 20% increase of citizens who are never active in their leisure time in Europe’s least active countries. “The growing gap between the most and least physically active citizens is a wake-up call to all relevant sectors and it shows us that we need to keep our full focus on participation – also in the Erasmus+ programme,” ISCA Europe Chairman Filippo Fossati says. “We need to establish a broad, inclusive appeal and approach. We must include, promote and support activities from walking and transport cycling to recreational sport and physical activity and we need all relevant sectors to take ownership of this challenge. ISCA is happy to have established the NowWeMove campaign and MOVE Week to address this very issue.” See the latest Eurobarometer results here   
    New Eurobarometer a “wake-up call”: ISCA Europe Chairman Filippo Fossati
  • European project tackles youth dropout rate in grassroots sport
    Photo courtesy of the PAPA Project  Involving nearly 10,000 children and their coaches in several European countries, the recent PAPA (Promoting Adolescent Physical Activity) project is, according to its coordinators, the largest research project in the world concerning the nature and impact of coach-created environments operating in youth sport settings. Professor Joan Duda writes that the coaching programme model developed under the project is aimed at equipping coaches with ways to keep young people motivated to participate in grassroots sport. The PAPA Project has been led by Professor Joan Duda and successfully managed by Dr Eleanor Quested from the University of Birmingham (UK), and partnered by 7 European universities from England, France, Greece, Norway and Spain. It recognises that youth sport has the potential to result in a number of physical and psychological benefits, including the promotion of young people’s physical literacy, fitness and participation in physical activity, psychosocial development and feelings of self worth. However, it is well known that there are a considerable number of children who do not realise the positive consequences that playing sport can bring. Unfortunately, many of these children choose to drop out of grassroots sport. Funded by a 4-year research grant from the European Commission, PAPA has provided a compelling, multi-national evidence base that points to the importance of the coaching climate to children’s sport motivation, well-being and sustained engagement. The major goal of Project PAPA has been to further develop, deliver and rigorously evaluate a theoretically grounded and evidence-based coach education programme (i.e., Empowering Coaching™). This long-standing training programme, which was customised for grassroots football in the PAPA project and delivered by experienced coach educators, was designed to help coaches foster quality motivation and make youth sport more engaging, empowering, and enjoyable. As a result of attending the Empowering Coaching™ workshop, coaches reported that they changed their behaviour to be more empowering and observations of their training sessions indicated that this was indeed the case! Children whose coaches participated in the training perceived the climate on their team to be less disempowering than those who didn’t receive the training and also were less likely to intend to drop out when compared to their peers. When the youth sport environment was more empowering, young people were more active, experienced greater enjoyment and vitality and reported higher self esteem! Building on the extensive work conducted within PAPA Project, partnerships are now being developed with national governing bodies/youth sport organisations to embed Empowering Coaching™ as a key component of youth sport coach education… for all children, in all sports, at all competitive levels. Empowering Parents™ workshops are being offered as well so that we can have all key parts of the youth sport climate be more positive! ISCA asked Professor Duda if this model has the potential to be rolled out to other countries in the future.“Yes...absolutely!,” she says. “We are working on this now. A number of countries in Europe as well as further afield are interested and we are working to get projects going.” Find out more about Empowering Coaching™ 
    European project tackles youth dropout rate in grassroots sport
NowWeMOVE nominated as Campaign of the Year
The European Civic Forum has nominated ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign for the Campaign of the Year category of its European Democratic Citizenship Awards. The NowWeMOVE campaign is one of four nominees for the award, which will be presented at the European Parliament’s Open Doors day in Strasbourg, France, on 4 May 2014. The nomination is a testament to the success of MOVE Week 2013 (the NowWeMOVE’s annual flagship event), which featured 1257 events organised across Europe by 600 MOVE Agents, gathering an estimated 12,500 volunteers and 500,000 individual citizens. You can cast your vote for the Campaign of the Year here (the European Civic Forum will not use or keep the email addresses people enter when they submit their votes). Other award categories include NGO of the Year, Personality of the Year and Citizen Media of the Year. The European Civic Forum and European Democratic Citizenship Awards are supported by the EU’s Europe for Citizens programme. Find out more about the awards here GET READY FOR MOVE WEEK 2014! 29 SEPT – 05 OCTMore information is coming soon!Visit the NowWeMOVE campaign website 

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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.”

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Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self Assessment Tool: an interactive online tool providing a range of information and templates across three themes of governance and four principles. Start your self assessment now!

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Active Network

The ACTIVE Network project has identified partnerships between local authorities and sport organizations to be of such critical value...

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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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