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  • Youth Health Community issues call to action in webinar: "Give the lifestyle and wellbeing of our children the highest priority"
    On 18 November, ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg joined UNICEF Nutrition Specialist Jo Jewell, Silvia Bucur from the PRAIS Foundation and Grace O'Malley from the European Association for the Study of Obesity in a 'Panel discussion on the impact of Covid-19 measures on the lifestyle of our children' in the Youth Health Community's (YHC) webinar of the same title. The webinar ended in a call to action for governments and decision-makers to prioritise children's health and wellbeing as countries rebuild after the pandemic. The Youth Health Community (YHC) said at the webinar it believes that every child has the right to grow up healthy and therefore urges governments, politicians and other stakeholders to give the highest priority to the impact of the COVID-19 measures on the lifestyle and well-being of our children and young people. The call to action was endorsed by YHC members in Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Lebanon, Romania and The Netherlands and speakers Jacob Schouenborg from ISCA, Grace O’Malley and Silvia Bucur also supported the message during the webinar. The Call to Action Statement is published here, and these are statements collected by YHC from key stakeholders.
    Youth Health Community issues call to action in webinar: "Give the lifestyle and wellbeing of our children the highest priority"
  • Tune into the Integration of Refugees Through Sport Network conference live 9am CET Tuesday 17 November
    The Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Networking Platform Conference will be opening its virtual doors on Tuesday 17 November at 9am CET on ISCA’s Facebook page. We invite you experience a taste of this online event by tuning into our live stream of the Plenary Session and MOVE Beyond Workshop, featuring speakers from the European Commission, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, the Council of Europe, Save the Children, the Red Cross and FARE Network. The IRTS Networking Platform Conference will be attended online by 127 participants from 39 countries and 76 organisations who are working in different sectors – from sport to humanitarian organisations, international institutions and refugees support services. The conference had originally been planned to take place in Copenhagen and online as a hybrid event, but was moved completely online to ensure the safety of all participants. The full programme of the conference, including four workshops conducted via Zoom, is therefore only available to those participants who are part of the IRTS Networking Platform project. But moving the conference online enables us to share part of the experience! So the following presentations will be publicly available to watch live on ISCA’s Facebook page.
    Tune into the Integration of Refugees Through Sport Network conference live 9am CET Tuesday 17 November
  • New advocacy campaign urges sport and humanitarian organisations to work together with refugees
    Rebuilding after the Covid-19 pandemic could be equally difficult for community groups and sports clubs that are trying to restart their activities, and even harder for refugees who are trying to find a way to integrate in local social life. Fear, isolation and cost are likely to be the biggest barriers. So why not restart with an inclusive strategy to work on the solutions together? Our new MOVE Beyond advocacy campaign is putting the spotlight on how and why different actors should work together – and with refugees – on Integration of Refugees Through Sport initiatives. Speaking from first-hand experience, 11 sport and non-sport organisations are urging their peers to MOVE Beyond their comfort zones, reach out to each other and include refugees in designing the activities that are intended to help them. Visit our MOVE Beyond homepage to access a range of resources that are part of the campaign: A guide to conducting focus groups for and #WithRefugeesRecommendations for collaboration between sport and non-sport organisationsFour podcasts with case examplesTwo campaign videosSocial media visuals and quote cards 
    New advocacy campaign urges sport and humanitarian organisations to work together with refugees
  • Two Danish nominees shortlisted as BeActive Awards finalists
    Earlier this year, ISCA, as the National Coordinating Body for the European Week of Sport in Denmark, submitted the Danish nominations for the #BeActive Awards. This week the European Commission announced that two of the Danish nominees have been shortlisted as finalists. There are three finalists in each of the award categories: Education, Workplace and Local Hero. This year there were 95 nominees in total, double the number from 2019. The winners will be announced in an online ceremony on 8 December 2020. Odense-based IT company House of Code was shortlisted as a Workplace finalist and Mette Rytsel from Virum-Sorgenfri Tennis Club was shortlisted for the Local Hero Award for her work on the Team Fred initiative, a tennis and padel training programme for children with special needs (including autism, ADHD and mental disorders). Workplace finalists:Group Roullier (France)Generali (Slovenia)House of Code (Denmark) At the House of Code, each employee can dedicate two hours of their working week to physical activity and one more hour to personal development. Almost half of the employees take part in a daily active break, doing exercise together for five minutes in the middle of the day. The company has gained a reputation as a desirable workplace that defies the notion that IT is a sedentary job! “We believe that activity creates productivity," House of Code COO Henrik Grove shares about the motivation behind the intiative. "We give our employees two hours per week to exercise. So we pay them for doing physical activity instead of doing work-related tasks. This is what makes our approach special." Find out how House of Code transformed its working environment into an active space here. Local Hero Award finalists:Christine Janin (France)Tomas Slavata (Czech Republic)Mette Rytsel (Denmark) Mette Rytsel started Team Fred in 2018, and in 2019 more tennis and padel clubs around the country joined the initiative and over 140 children took part in the programme. In 2020 five more clubs will introduce Team Fred concept to their programmes. “For children with autism and mental disorders it is difficult to attend a sports club,” Mette says. “Often they have difficulties with communication and social relationships. Team Fred helps them to be integrated into a sports community.” Read more about how Mette Rydsel is connecting children with special needs to club sports here. ISCA collaborates with the Danish School Sport Federation and the Danish Company Sport Federation to submit nominees for the Education and Workplace categories, and all of the nominees organised events during the European Week of Sport. Visit the European Week of Sport Denmark website. Read more about the #BeActive Awards
    Two Danish nominees shortlisted as BeActive Awards finalists
  • Erasmus+ Sport 2020 results: ISCA to lead one Event and partner in 5 Collaborative Partnerships
    ISCA’s European Mile is one of 14 events selected for funding in the 2020 round of Erasmus+ Sport project proposals. ISCA will also partner in 5 Collaborative Partnerships and support the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s European School Sport Day for the 7th year since its pilot event. With double the number of Erasmus+ Sport project applications submitted to the EU this year compared to 2019, it underlines the drive of our sector to continue aiming for large-scale projects and events in arguably the most challenging year for recreational sport and physical activity. 315 projects were selected from the 1142 applications submitted. Not-For-Profit European Sport EventsEuropean Mile 2021Coordinator: ISCAGrant: €488,368.80The European Mile 2021 will be a new event on ISCA’s NowWeMOVE calendar. Set to take place on 5 June, the European Mile aims to enhance participation in health-enhancing recreational running across Europe by offering a low-barrier distance of 1.6 kilometres to attract participants of all ages and abilities. ISCA will gather its NowWeMOVE National Coordinators and MOVE Agents across Europe to coordinate 1000 simultaneously held local running events on the day. European School Sport Day 2021 - From school space to MOVEment spaceCoordinator: Hungarian School Sport FederationGrant: €299,949.60European School Sport Day’s (ESSD) focus theme for 2021 builds on ISCA’s MOVEment Spaces concept of using outdoor urban spaces, such as squares, parks and streets opened to pedestrians, for physical activity. As to Covid-19 restrictions forcing physical education (PE) outside in 2020, ESSD 2021 will also build on this momentum of using outdoor spaces for PE, physical activity and school sport. Collaborative Partnerships in which ISCA is a partnerPlacemaking for Physical Activity ToolboxCoordinator: BG Be Active, BulgariaGrant: €312,900 Analysing and making visible the skills acquiredCoordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), FranceGrant: €399,010 SENTRY Sport: surfacing, preventing and mediating discriminations through sportCoordinator: UISP, ItalyGrant: €392,585 Towards an EU Sport DiplomacyCoordinator: IRIS Association, FranceGrant: €340,951 SCULT Point: Easy Access to Sports Through TechnologyCoordinator: SCULT International Sport Volunteers Movement, EstoniaGrant: €399,335 Congratulations to everyone in our network who received grants this year! You can browse all of the Erasmus+ Sport 2020 application results here.
    Erasmus+ Sport 2020 results: ISCA to lead one Event and partner in 5 Collaborative Partnerships
Youth Health Community issues call to action in webinar: "Give the lifestyle and wellbeing of our children the highest priority"
On 18 November, ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg joined UNICEF Nutrition Specialist Jo Jewell, Silvia Bucur from the PRAIS Foundation and Grace O'Malley from the European Association for the Study of Obesity in a 'Panel discussion on the impact of Covid-19 measures on the lifestyle of our children' in the Youth Health Community's (YHC) webinar of the same title. The webinar ended in a call to action for governments and decision-makers to prioritise children's health and wellbeing as countries rebuild after the pandemic. The Youth Health Community (YHC) said at the webinar it believes that every child has the right to grow up healthy and therefore urges governments, politicians and other stakeholders to give the highest priority to the impact of the COVID-19 measures on the lifestyle and well-being of our children and young people. The call to action was endorsed by YHC members in Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Lebanon, Romania and The Netherlands and speakers Jacob Schouenborg from ISCA, Grace O’Malley and Silvia Bucur also supported the message during the webinar. The Call to Action Statement is published here, and these are statements collected by YHC from key stakeholders.

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