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Season's Greetings from ISCA! Which physical activity are you looking forward to in 2022?

Season's Greetings from all of us at ISCA! We are looking forward to the New Year - and can't wait to #FindOurMOVE again with our favourite physical activities. Which physical activity are you looking... Read more »



New Executive Committee, new strategy and more members confirmed at ISCA’s General Assembly

After the successful MOVE Congress 2021, ISCA members gathered for the biennial General Assembly on 20 November to make some key decisions for the future of ISCA. Chaired by external expert Philippe d... Read more »



Active seminar adds Amsterdam inspiration to Placemaking for Active Recreation Kit development

After wrapping up the MOVE Congress 2021 in Brussels, ISCA’s Laska Nenova and Monika Resetar jumped over to Amsterdam to join an in-person training seminar for the Placemaking for Active Recreat... Read more »



European Parliament adopts important report which recognises the diversity of sport organisations

Today, 23 November, the long-awaited report on the EU's Sports policy was adopted by the European Parliament. The report can be found here. The report follows the extensive study which was reques... Read more »



WHO lead Dr Fiona Bull at MOVE Congress closing: We have to reinvent our system to meet physical activity targets

For the MOVE Congress 2021, we at ISCA prioritised delivering a physical event, because we believe in the power of the physical meeting between people, and we wanted to enable our members and partners... Read more »



ISCA Awards 2021 winners revealed!

The official opening of the MOVE Congress on 17 November 2021 concluded with an ISCA Awards ceremony, with this year’s awards recognising best practices and role models in the Integration of Ref... Read more »



The world’s most active conference kicks off in Brussels today!

The world stopped moving during the Covid-19 pandemic, but now is the time to reconnect and reignite the sectors that help us all to be more physically active and healthy. The MOVE Congress is a dynam... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2021 opens in Brussels

After two years of meeting via computer and mobile screens across countries and continents, 300 physical activity promoters from 40 countries reconnected in person on 17 November at the MOVE Congress ... Read more »



Watch selected MOVE Congress sessions live this week!

The MOVE Congress 2021 starts this Wednesday at 7pm CET and if you can’t make it to Brussels you can see the full opening and plenary sessions live on our Facebook page from 17-19 November. If y... Read more »



Webinar recap: Work together for a bigger impact!

The last in this series of Integration of Refugees Through Sport Network webinars took place on 10 November under the name “Work together for a bigger impact!”. This time, we invited Lucy ... Read more »



V4V project plans first ever volunteer survey of sport organisations

The V4V partners met online on 10 November to begin planning the final component of Phase 1 of the project, a comprehensive mapping of the volunteer workforce in Europe. This new component will be the... Read more »



Five sport diplomacy pilot projects selected for TES-D support in 2022

In October the Towards an EU Sport Diplomacy (TES-D) project made an open call for five pilot projects or initiatives in sport diplomacy that will be implemented in 2022 and co-funded by the project. ... Read more »



Registration open for CHANGE webinar: Skills and education in sport for development

What is sport for development and why is it such a powerful force for change? Join the partners of the EU-supported CHANGE project, including lead EOSE, Women Win, Leeds Beckett University and StreetG... Read more »



Over 55 speakers and 250 delegates set for MOVE Congress 2021 in Brussels

The 10th MOVE Congress is right around the corner, so the next two days will be the last chance to register. More than 55 speakers and 250 delegates will gather in Brussels from 17-19 November to Reco... Read more »



V4V project to highlight skills acquired through volunteering in sport

The second full partner meeting for the ‘V4V: Skills acquired through volunteering in sport’ project, coordinated by the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) and funded thr... Read more »



ISCA calls for European Solidarity Corps volunteers for 2022 Applications open!

ISCA is looking for volunteers to join the team in the Copenhagen office in 2022 for a period of 12 months (earliest starting date January 2022). You want to live abroad, work in an international... Read more »



Vote for your Integration of Refugees Through Sport Role Model: Citizens’ Choice Award

Public voting for the ISCA Awards Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Role Model category is now open! With this category we want to award a person who makes a difference in their commun... Read more »



CHANGE partners plan final conference to present project results

On 17 September 2021, the partners in the CHANGE project gathered online to finalise the date and arrangements for the project final conference, sign off the new CHANGE Occupational Standards for Spor... Read more »



ISCA joins European and major international sports bodies to launch HealthyLifestyle4All pledge

Today ISCA is in Bled, Slovenia, to join international and European sports bodies in launching the European Commission’s new HealthyLifestyle4All initiative prior to the official opening of the ... Read more »



A stone in the sports shoe

Comment by ISCA, International Dance Organization and Play the Game.  Acknowledging the diversity of the models of European sport is key to combating the decrease in sport participation and in su... Read more »



Registration is now OPEN for the MOVE Congress 2021!

Hungry to return to a real, live conference? Eager to see your colleagues and friends from grassroots sport and physical activity organisations in different countries? The MOVE Congress is opening its... Read more »



Introductory course to Sports Club for Health approach now online

Are you interested in learning how to improve the availability and quality of health-enhancing sports activities offered by your community sports organisation? We invite you to take part in a free 30-... Read more »



The battle for the European Sports Model: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Photo: What to do about the stubborn reality that isn't a pyramid of sport? (Danish National Performance Team, Gudrun Clausen.)  There is currently a tough, sports political power struggle over t... Read more »



Brand new European Parliament report on sport policy: ISCA welcomes priority for participation sport

Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg.  On 17 June, the European Parliament published the long-awaited report “EU sports policy: assessment and possible ways forward”. I... Read more »



Applications set to open for second round of IRTS Mentoring Programme

The Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Mentoring Programme is connecting people who have specific skills and knowledge (mentors) with individuals (mentees) who need/want the same skills to i... Read more »



Youth Perspectives on a Healthy Community webinar registration open

The new Youth Health Community is hosting its second webinar on Thursday 1 July 2021 (13:30 to 14:30 CEST) “Youth Perspectives on a Healthy Community”. This online event will focus on the ... Read more »



10th MOVE Week wraps up – but the MOVEment continues!

Summer 2021 started on an active note with the MOVE Week physical events and online movement sessions at the MOVE Week Gym from 31 May-6 June, including the celebration of the new European Mile event ... Read more »



European Mile celebrated on 5 June with 560 events and 480,000 miles registered so far - and we’re not done yet!

On 5 June we celebrated the 1st edition of the European Mile, with over 560 registered events across Europe and an online event inviting people to take a 15-minute virtual running or walking tour of E... Read more »



Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2021 registration now open!

Teams are now invited to register for the second Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity hackathon, a worldwide search for ambitious, innovative ideas to get people physically active. ... Read more »



Only 1 week to go until the big day! Have you found your mile yet?

Saturday 5 June is the main celebration day of the European Mile! Many events will be taking place all over Europe on the day – find one near you here. Or join us for a special online event at 1... Read more »



Move For Fun pilot aims to get disadvantaged children moving in Poland and the UK

Two ISCA members are set to roll out a successful Danish initiative for vulnerable children in Poland and the UK in the second half of 2021 in a new international partnership pilot led by ISCA, our Da... Read more »



ISCA to present unique concept at Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union conference on sport diplomacy

This week’s conference hosted by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union ‘Can sport diplomacy contribute to building a stronger Europe in the world?’ has as on... Read more »



MOVE Week is around the corner: get ready!

10th edition of MOVE Week is taking place on 31 May – 6 June. In 2021, the same as last year, we will have a great mix of physical events and on-line movement sessions. In addition to that, on 5... Read more »



ISCA Awards 2021: Integration of Refugees Through Sport

Apply now for a chance to be awarded for your work at the MOVE Congress! Four new ISCA Awards will be presented at the MOVE Congress in 2021 to recognise organisations and individuals who have deliver... Read more »



Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity countdown begins

On 7 June 2021, the second Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity will be launched by University College Cork, along with Irish and International partners such as UNESCO and ISCA, and... Read more »



Sport Diplomacy has never been more relevant: Comment by Dr. Simon J. Rofe, University of London, TES-D project partner

In 2021, sport diplomacy has never been more relevant, considering the public health implications of COVID-19, the rearranged Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and the European Men's Football ... Read more »



ISCA webinars now available on-demand

We’ve served up a feast of webinars in March, April and May for No Elevators Day, the European Mile and the Integration of Refugees Through Sport project. Now they are available to watch on-dema... Read more »



Take a virtual tour across Europe on 5 June!

Let’s get moving and reconnect with people around Europe! The European Mile is a free event celebrating the joy of moving at your own pace – by running, walking or rolling a mile, but... Read more »



No Elevators Day 2021: Colourful, vast and engaging

The 7th edition of the global No Elevators Day was celebrated on 28 April, uniting diverse participants from different corners of the world: organisations, individuals and even animals! With the impre... Read more »



European Mile joins forces with The Daily Mile Foundation to support more children in getting active

Getting back into movement in spite of Covid-19 is the core message of the European Mile. And now, we are happy to announce that every European Mile event and every registered mile that Europeans run,... Read more »



Grassroots Sport Diplomacy and intercultural dialogue in the Covid-19 reality

By ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby.  The MOVE Transfer Europe-China project has over the past 18 months connected people and entities working the field of grassroots sport from Europe, China, Hong... Read more »



MOVE Transfer Europe-China Conference: “Sport is an important means of communication and cultural exchange between countries”

The MOVE Transfer Europe China final meetings and conference took place on 19-21 April 2021 in three different formats (online, offline and hybrid) and in four different "bubbles" (Europe, Hong Kong/M... Read more »



How to organise your own European Mile event

Our European Mile How-To Toolkit is hot off the digital press and ready to guide you in delivering your own walking, running or rolling event. The Toolkit provides a 10-step practical plan on how to o... Read more »



Webinar recap: ‘Active Stairs Design for No Elevators Day’

Our Active Stairs Design for No Elevators Day Webinar is now available to watch on-demand! With the speakers from ISCA/NowWeMOVE campaign, Placemaking Europe, Center of Active Design and Attivo Design... Read more »



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... Read more »



New video: What is Physical Literacy?

 Physical Literacy, like other literacies, is a key component of people's lifelong learning journeys through physical education, physical activity and sport. That's why we're excited to present t... Read more »



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 ... Read more »



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 pr... Read more »



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-wid... Read more »



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 ... Read more »



Erasmus+ Sport Info Day reveals new 7-year programme

On 23 and 24 March, the European Commission held its Erasmus+ Sport Info Days in an online environment. The new, 7-year programme will see an 80% increased budget for a more inclusive, greener and mor... Read more »



#FindYourMile and let’s re-engage in physical activity in spite of Covid-19!

By ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  The pandemic has changed our view of the world, and for good reason. Governments have taken the responsibility to limit the consequences of the outbreak. But as... Read more »



Experts to lead Physical Literacy webinar on 22 April

Looking across the life span, investing in developing physical literacy in childhood is essential to keeping physically active in later life. Teachers, coaches and parents have a vital role in this de... Read more »



Join the ISCA team! Two internships available starting October 2021

Do you want to gain hands-on experience in project and event management? Or would you like to try a range of communication tasks? ISCA is offering two internship positions starting in October 2021 und... Read more »



Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Networking webinar series off to a good start!

As we have all learned over the past year, planning and having things under control can be very hard during a pandemic. Is it possible to adapt and do your activities in a safe way? What are the chall... Read more »



Why the European Sports Charter needs to look broader than the Pyramid model of sport

Comment and video by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. If we used the Pyramid model to describe European sport today, we would only include a very small number of existing activities and a very smal... Read more »



Focus on education in Sport for Development at latest CHANGE partner meeting

Sport for development is an important emerging force in the world of sport and physical activity. The CHANGE project has defined the key purpose of sport for development as to ‘Work collaborativ... Read more »



Sharing is caring: a mindset that creates better opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers

Interview with Martyn Rijkhoff and Katerina Salta from the IRTS Mentoring Programme. We continue with our series of interviews with the participants of the Integration of Refugees Through Sport (... Read more »



European countries start unveiling 2021 reopening plans: What does this mean for sport and physical activity?

Belgium, UK and Switzerland prioritise physical activity in their reopening plans, and DGI presents a consolidated proposal focusing on youth sport to the Danish government. As some European coun... Read more »



DGI publishes proposal to the Danish Government on reopening of sport and leisure activities

The Danish government is expected to announce its reopening plans in the coming days, and ISCA member DGI has been heavily involved in ongoing dialogue with the government. DGI also announced their su... Read more »



Almost one year on: Is there one good thing to come out of the pandemic?

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  Some people say that crises can become opportunities – that they can spark transformation and renewal. Maybe we have seen evidence of this in the ... Read more »



We kept moving in 2020: ISCA Annual Report out now

In 2020 ISCA celebrated 25 years of Moving People – but, as we all know, this was no ordinary year of organising physical activity events and active workshops for physical activity promoters. As... Read more »



How to “Be Proactive” by using the new WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity

Photo: Of course, office moves also count! (WHO Every Move Counts campaign)  At the end of last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first global guidelines on physical activit... Read more »



MOVE Transfer Europe-China partners to present at World Leisure Congress

ISCA's MOVE Transfer Europe-China project partners will showcase the results of their two-year collaboration at the hybrid World Leisure Congress in Pinggu (Beijing, China) on 15-21 April 2021. All to... Read more »


9/2/2021 Demand for online learning set to continue in 2021

2020 was a year that propelled the demand for online learning to a new level. ISCA’s platform was no exception, seeing a significant leap in users from March. This steady momentum... Read more »



Towards a European Sport Diplomacy project continues momentum of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy concept

ISCA is partnering in a brand new Erasmus+ Sport project led by our Grassroots Sport Diplomacy partner the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) to work towards a common fram... Read more »



MOVE For Fun: Global partnership pilot to activate kids in disadvantaged communities

To dismantle the inactivity time bomb, we need to target kids in disadvantaged communities with proven and low-barrier activities that are fun, diverse and tailored to the children’s own needs.&... Read more »



Creating a common understanding of physical literacy

The Physical Literacy for Life project partners are working towards a common understanding of physical literacy that aligns different countries and sectors on approaches that encourage people to be ac... Read more »



MOVE Week Latin America proved: Digital environment is not only a challenge, it’s an opportunity

“Fortunately, despite the challenges we faced this year, the results exceeded our expectations.” With these words from Maria Luiza Souza Dias, Sesc Manager of Physical Sportive Development... Read more »



ISCA Secretary General calls for collective action at Council of Europe Sport Ministerial conference

ISCA has encouraged European Ministers of Sport to focus on bringing sport back onto the political agenda and citizens back to sport in a speech given today by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg... Read more »



2020 has reassured us that “Every Move Counts”: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

EVERY MOVE COUNTS could easily be the headline of 2020 and the message that we carry with us into 2021. It is not only the slogan the World Health Organisation is using to promote its new Guidelines o... Read more »



Season's Greetings and an Active New Year from the ISCA team!

In 2020, our MOVEs may have changed – but for the team of volunteers at International Sport and Culture Association, it was not that difficult to keep on moving. Check out how ISCA inspired us t... Read more »



House of Code wins the European #BeActive Workplace Award

On 8 December the European Commission praised the continent’s most inspiring initiatives promoting physical activity during the traditional #BeActive Awards Gala. During the online ceremony, the... Read more »



EU could lose €99 billion and 1 million jobs due to impact of COVID-19 on sport sector: New report

By ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  Exactly how hard the accumulated economic impact of Covid-19 will be for the sport sector is still uncertain. But a new report from the European Commission reve... Read more »



What if inactivity was a new virus? Asking the difficult questions on societal priorities

Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg. (Pictured: ISCA's NowWeMOVE Campaign MOVEment Pills boxes).  I admire the resolute responses that governments around the world have demonstrat... Read more »



EU adopts Work Plan for Sport 2021-2024: ISCA footprints in the most ambitious EU Work Plan ever

The Council of the European Union has now adopted its Work Plan for 2021-2024. ISCA has given input during the drafting of the work plan, through the German Presidency and EU national governments, and... Read more »



“The activities we designed aim to solve everyday problems asylum seekers face”

By Suvi Rehell, Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support, UK. The UK partners of the EU-supported MOVE Beyond project, StreetGames, SPARC and Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support, looked beyond sport... Read more »



Use the new WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity to “influence the influencers”

The new World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour are now ours to share and use to convince a variety of stakeholders to support our work. They’re a... Read more »



Physical activity for health, the economy or the joy of life? Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Should we invest in the promotion of physically active lifestyles to improve our health, the economy or simply to experience the joy of life? The short answer is – you can choose yourself. That&... Read more »



Measure the impact of your work: New Theory of Change course now available

A brand new learning opportunity has just been launched on the ISCA Online Learning Platform: A Theory of Change (ToC) course. Created in collaboration with InFocus, experts in the ToC method of struc... Read more »



Make walking, cycling and public transport the primary modes in Functional Urban Areas by 2030: ISCA signs joint letter to EC

A diverse coalition of 17 associations, led by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), has called upon the European Commission to commit to a modal shift and set targets for increasing the shar... Read more »



Study shows more physical activity needed to offset sedentary behaviour: But every move still counts

The health harms associated with prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in new global guidelines on physical... Read more »



Every move counts towards better health: ISCA President speaks at today’s launch of new WHO physical activity guidelines

Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are home bound due to COVID-19, new World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on ph... Read more »



Fighting violence against women through sport: Spotlight on initiatives from ISCA's members and partners

By Maria Malyshkina, ISCA.  Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Displaced or refugee women are at increased risk of violence. At ISCA, we are proud to... Read more »



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 S... Read more »



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 experie... Read more »



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... Read more »



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 annou... Read more »



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 Hungar... Read more »



True recovery in Europe?

Comment by Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President The Covid-19 crisis has been portrayed by many as an opportunity for a “new narrative” or to develop radically new solutions to society&rsquo... Read more »



The bird in borrowed feathers? Professional sport broadcasting rights in a new light

Comment by Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President I believe it is totally fair that professional sport protects its broadcasting rights against online piracy. But I get concerned when the reasoning is th... Read more »



Global Design Challenge reaches incubation milestone

The first Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity (GDCSPA) has now moved 19 projects through to an incubation phase and has appointed 12 mentors to provide further coaching for selecte... Read more »



Hybrid format for World Leisure Congress in China

Following the official decision from World Leisure Organization to move the dates of the World Leisure Congress in Pinggu (Beijing, China) from October 2020 to 15-21 April 2021, it has now been announ... Read more »



Meet our Integration of Refugees Through Sport mentors and mentees

ISCA’s Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Mentoring Programme is now under way with 12 mentor-mentee pairs commencing their 12-month mentorships online in September. With the participa... Read more »



ISCA supports #MoveForMentalHealth social media challenge

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a new campaign this week to raise awareness about the gap in funding to support mental health initiatives and a call to action to increase these investment... Read more »



Two continents on the MOVE!

Over the past week, two continents, Europe and Latin America, have been putting the spotlight on physical activity. The two campaigns running right now with many ISCA members strongly involved are the... Read more »



#Weplayfair campaign tackles discrimination in amateur sport

To coincide with the start of the European Week of Sport on 23 September 2020, ISCA member UISP, together with the lead and partners of the Erasmus+ supported MATCH-SPORT project, launched the #weplay... Read more »



Move your feet and feel united during the European Week of Sport

“Everybody, move your feet and feel united” were lyrics sung by Danish artist Junior Senior in their early 2000s hit. 20 years later, it could be the perfect soundtrack for the 2020 editio... Read more »



CHANGE partners finalise map of key job roles in sport for development

The partners of the EU-funded CHANGE project are a step closer to providing a comprehensive overview of occupations, job roles, skills and professional development pathways for people working in sport... Read more »



European Fitness Badge expansion to different countries continues with Europe-China partnership

The European Fitness Badge (EFB) MOVE Transfer Europe-China webinar was held online with approximately 30 people from Europe, China, Hong Kong and Macau joining in remotely on 4 September. The aim was... Read more »



Celebrating physical literacy on International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day and at ISCA we’re celebrating what we’ve learned so far about the most hotly debated type of literacy around the world right now – physical litera... Read more »



Mental health a timely focus topic for European School Sport Day 2020

“I can’t think of anything more timely to be the focus topic of ESSD 2020,” Youth Sport Trust International’s Managing Director Helen Vost said about the choice to put mental h... Read more »



“We see sport and leisure as a deep integration tool for refugees in Denmark”: New podcast

Five years ago, Danish authorities had to respond quickly to a refugee crisis that saw families and individuals walking along its highways to seek asylum in Denmark or continue their journey even furt... Read more »



Post-lockdown priority should be clear: Mass participation and school sport before spectator sport!

Comment by ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby.  Covid-19 has had a dramatic influence on communities and businesses over the past seven months. That goes for the sport sector as well. One thing is th... Read more »



“We have empowered refugees with the right training": New podcast

In our very first ISCA podcast, recorded as part of the MOVE Beyond project, we talk to Save the Children Region West and RF-SISU Västra Götaland in Sweden about their unique project, which ... Read more »



European School Sport Day’s expansion to China continues with MOVE Transfer project

Expanding a successful initiative and rolling it out within a country or to other countries or continents is at the heart of ISCA’s MOVE Transfer concept. The Hungarian School Sport Day expanded... Read more »



ISCA webinar shares tips on promoting European School Sport Day events

As part of the MOVE Transfer Europe-China webinar on organising European School Sport Day (ESSD) events outside of Europe, some of ESSD’s founding coordinators and national coordinators gave the... Read more »



“Third Half” and community outreach the winning formula for integration through football initiative in Italy: New podcast

When UISP and ATAS Trentino embarked on their MOVE Beyond pilot project in Northern Italy last year, neither partner predicted the challenges that would come to affect their integration of refugees th... Read more »



IRTS Mentoring Programme launch set for September

The open call to find 12 mentees to take part in the Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Mentoring Programme closed on 5 August, and we’ve had 32 of applicants from 23 countries who put... Read more »



As Covid-19 disruptions continue ISCA and our members stay on track

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. Pictured above: MOVE Week webinar on 'Public Space and Physical Activity During and After Covid-19'. For sure we are all aware of that the first half of 2020 ... Read more »



Grassroots sport organisations should discuss “fundamental” questions rather than dismiss esports

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. Photo: Bo Nymann (DGI archive).  Over the past few years the esports world has developed significantly. This has raised new questions and considerations ... Read more »



Application deadline extended for Integration of Refugees Through Sport mentoring

Would you like to be mentored by an expert in Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS)? ISCA's 12-month IRTS Network Mentoring Programme includes online courses, monthly individual meetings and tw... Read more »



EU Presidency Online Conference: “Partnerships for physical activity and sport – Be(come) Active!” Registration open

Within the frame of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the German Gymnastics Federation invites you to ... Read more »



EnerEthics wins Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity

The first two weeks of July were busy ones for the judges of the Global Design Challenge For Sport and Physical Activity, an international hackathon where 39 teams from 5 continents spent a long weeke... Read more »



Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry announces European School Sport Day partnership

The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) and the European School Sport Day consortium, the Moving Schools Alliance, are now working together to amplify the European School Sport D... Read more »



Time to start planning for European School Sport Day 2020! Registration open for in-person and digital events

Schools and school sport look very different across Europe this year, so it has never been more important to find creative ways to keep children active for their physical and mental wellbeing. The 6th... Read more »



“Why our activities are more sustainable than traditional team sports”: New podcast

Although England was one of Europe’s worst hit countries during the global pandemic, the MOVE Beyond project’s UK partners have still succeeded in connecting asylum seekers in Plymouth to ... Read more »



Landmark decision: Esport is an association-based grassroots sport – and should be exempt from VAT

Photo: Palle Skov/DGI.  Esport is a grassroots sport on equal terms with handball, gymnastics and other association-based activities. A new ruling from the Danish Tax Assessment Council (Skatter&... Read more »



Judges to select 15 winning ideas from Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity

From Friday to Monday (26-29 June) 148 teams took part in the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity. These teams included 800 motivated people from across the world who joined the 72... Read more »



Integration of Refugees Through Sport Networking Platform kicks off at online conference

The official partner kick-off meeting of the Integration of Refugees Trough Sport (IRTS) Networking Platform took place during an online conference on 23 June 2020, where 80 participants from 60 organ... Read more »



Call for mentees to participate in IRTS Mentoring Programme

Are you working with refugee inclusion through sport – or plan to work in this field – and need some help to get started or make a bigger impact? Then we invite you to apply to be part of ... Read more »



New network unites Integration of Refugees Through Sport initiatives

On World Refugee Day, ISCA is launching a brand new network in the field of Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS). The network will establish and help maintain links between project leaders sup... Read more »



CHANGE project partners review over 130 sources to map sport for development roles

"Enhancing skills in sport for development". On 17 June 2020 the CHANGE project partners, including ISCA, gathered for the 3rd full partner meeting. The meeting was intended to take place in Amst... Read more »



How do you continue sports activities for refugees under lockdown? New podcast with our Swedish MOVE Beyond partners

The MOVE Beyond project partners carefully considered potential risks before starting their pilot activities with refugees last year. But none could have anticipated a global pandemic, lockdowns and t... Read more »



MOVE Transfer Europe-China partners explore current barriers and opportunities at mid-term conference

MOVE Transfer Europe-China Project started in 2018, our visit to China and Hong Kong took place in May 2019 and all of the partners and advisory group (from Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America) met... Read more »



Sport and humanitarian partnerships are a win-win-win for refugee inclusion – but where should you start?

New report presents 18 nuggets of peer-to-peer advice and more. If you work for a community sport organisation and want to reach out to and include refugees in your activities, you will most likely ne... Read more »



Teams invited to register for ‘Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity post-Covid-19’ hackathon

ISCA has joined forces with some of Ireland’s leading sporting organisations to launch a global challenge aimed at reimagining what sport and physical activity might look like during and after t... Read more »



#BeActive Beach Games guide and event manual now available

To promote physical activity at the beach, five national and two international sports organisations, including ISCA, have launched easy-to-use guides to organising activities and events on natural and... Read more »



New study reveals vast differences in how physical literacy is defined across the world

The task of defining and establishing physical literacy as a world-renowned concept has stimulated a growing body of research over the past 20 years, as well as projects such as ISCA’s EU-suppor... Read more »



Danish organisations release guidelines for the reopening of sports and association life

On 8 June, DGI, DIF and Company Sports announced guidelines for sports activities spanning indoor and outdoor sports, swimming, fitness centres and gyms, summer schools and camps. The framework is bas... Read more »



MOVE Week 2020: How digital challenges gave rise to new opportunities

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic conditions made us re-think how to celebrate MOVE Week (25-31 May) and all of the different ways people can find their MOVE and keep active. The situation brought not ... Read more »



Home office workouts and water bottle weights set digital MOVE Week in motion

Monday 25 May marked the first day of our digital #MOVEWeek. Thanks to energetic workouts led by MOVE Agents from Costa Rica, Serbia and Spain, it was the best imaginable start to the most active week... Read more »



MOVE Week 2020 starts today – welcome aboard!

Internet connection (check!) Comfortable clothes (check!) At least 2 square metres of free space (check!) Now you’re fully prepared to take part in MOVE Week 2020! The world’s mo... Read more »



MOVE Week webinar 2: Public Space and Physical Activity During and After COVID-19

What are the challenges and opportunities for cities in a post-COVID reality? How can cities support safe participation in leisure, physical and sport activity in the realm of the city and public spac... Read more »



MOVE Week Gym workouts schedule takes shape

We are happy to invite you to join in celebration of the 9th MOVE Week which is set to take place from 25-31 May. One of the key features this year is the MOVE Week Gym - seven days of live workouts p... Read more »



Free MOVE Week webinar: The "new normal" for sports clubs and indoor fitness during and after COVID-19

What will the "new normal" look like for sports clubs and indoor fitness venues during and after the COVID-19 crisis? NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager Laska Nenova invites our members, partners and follower... Read more »



MOVE Week webinars on future strategies for the physical activity sector

Our mapping of national reopening plans relating to physical activity and sport has revealed many differences between countries, as well as uncertainly about the safety of opening too much too quickly... Read more »



Introducing the MOVE Week Gym! Add videos to our online library and join in our live workouts from 25-31 May

At ISCA we want to capture all of the creativity and imagination among MOVE Agents around the world to keep people active at this time. And our upcoming MOVE Week on 25-31 May is the perfect occasion ... Read more »



No Elevators Day celebrated in 50 countries worldwide

On 29 April, individuals and organisations in 50 countries on six continents celebrated the most international edition of No Elevators Day ever, sharing photos and videos on social media channels, tel... Read more »



MOVE Week 2020: Physically distanced – socially connected

The 9th MOVE Week is set to take place from 25-31 May this year and, like No Elevators Day, ISCA is gathering its community of NowWeMOVE campaign MOVE Agents online to showcase the benefits of physica... Read more »



Countries start lifting restrictions on exercise and sport under Covid-19 lockdowns: How do they compare?

ISCA exclusive mapping across Europe and beyond.  On Saturday 2 May, adult residents in Spain stepped outside to exercise in parks and public spaces for the first time in seven weeks. This is one... Read more »



Finance internship available at ISCA headquarters in Copenhagen

Our new call for applications for an Erasmus+ Finance Traineeship at ISCA is open now! The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is looking for 1 intern to join the finance team in the Co... Read more »



Physical activity in first wave of re-opening after Covid-19

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. Several countries are now re-opening or planning to do so in the coming weeks and months. After lockdowns and a variety of rules limiting the free movement &n... Read more »



#FindYourMOVE and #BeActiveAtHome

By Irina Coreachina, European Week of Sport Denmark Coordinator. Now when we all are sitting under lockdown and facing multiple restrictions, we feel especially acutely how we miss our previous life. ... Read more »



A new world record is set: The largest online PE lesson

On Wednesday 22 April, the whole world united for an online PE lesson delivered by a Polish PE teacher and organised by ISCA member V4Sport Foundation. The event was streamed via Facebook and reached ... Read more »



How will you #UseTheStairs on 29 April?

Only one week is left before 29 April 2020, which marks No Elevators Day – a global initiative motivating people to be physically active in everyday life. As almost everyone around the globe con... Read more »



NowWeMOVE – in another language!

Our members and NowWeMOVE National Coordinators are challenging us in ways we’ve never been challenged before – that is, to follow their online workouts in their mother tongues! But we all... Read more »



Help set a World Record from your own living room!

ISCA invites you to set a World Record from your very own living room! How? By joining in the biggest online PE lesson of all time – the whole world united for 30-minute workout led by a qualifi... Read more »



“Mother of physical literacy” and ISCA project partners will answer your questions in interactive webinar

Partners from ISCA’s Physical Literacy for Life project are holding a free webinar on Tuesday 28 April at 12:30 CEST featuring an interactive interview with “the mother of physical literac... Read more »



People will want to go back to their gyms and sports clubs – but can they afford it?

ISCA members discuss threats and strategies for surviving COVID-19 crisis. What does it mean to be a member of a gym or sports club these days? What will the coming months or years look like for the s... Read more »



We can’t underestimate the resources needed to implement new WHO physical activity guidelines: ISCA responds to public consultation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released its latest draft ‘Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour for children and adolescents, adults and older adults’ for public... Read more »



Physical distancing is now a human duty: But physical activity is still a human right

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. In many countries the most commonly used action to minimise the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing – or more precisely, physical distancing. O... Read more »



No Elevators Day during a lockdown

By NowWeMOVE Campaign Manager Laska Nenova. Dear friends and partners, in just one month (29 April 2020) we will celebrate our global No Elevators Day. No Elevators Day was created with a simple notio... Read more »



MOVEment Pills exercise videos can help you find your MOVE at home or outdoors

Exercise may not be the magic medicine for the health situation we are facing today, but our MOVEment Pills exercise videos could help combat the fatigue of sitting at home as gyms, sports clubs and o... Read more »



“I move at home”: How ISCA members are moving their activities and social groups online

ISCA’s members and partners have a passion for getting people in their communities moving together. So what do they do if it’s not possible to invite people to sports clubs or community ce... Read more »



ISCA comment regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

ISCA understands the severity and urgency of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic worldwide. We acknowledge that drastic measures are needed to address the situation, and we remain at disposal ... Read more »



Online community encouraged to share stair climbing tips and good vibes this No Elevators Day

As many of us are now adjusting to more restricted daily routines, taking the stairs at our home residences or outside in the fresh air is one of the easiest and safest ways to keep active if we are a... Read more »



Sesc São Paulo plans “Yellow subway line takeover” to promote No Elevators Day in Brazil

For years the Brazilian ISCA member organisation Sesc has been impressing grassroots sport enthusiasts across the globe with its award-winning facilities and enviable participation numbers. Their MOVE... Read more »



Sports Club for Health model continues to grow with new project

The Sports Club for Health (SCforH) model is one of the largest Europe-wide initiatives running in the area of sport and health. It started in 2008 and has since received three consecutive grants from... Read more »



International Women’s Day: Women are still underrepresented in the sporting world

Comment by Laura-Maria Tiidla, ISCA Project Coordinator.  Happy International Women’s Day! Today we are not celebrating only women, but aspirations towards a more inclusive society where we... Read more »



We should be celebrating people being more active every day: Comment by physical literacy expert Nigel Green

Two years ago I was invited to introduce Indian teachers to the concept of physical literacy and make it a focus in their physical education practices. I have returned five times in connection with th... Read more »



No Elevators Day 2020: 2 months to go!

In 2019, the global No Elevators Day climbed to new heights with outstanding results. It was the biggest and most international edition of the campaign and took place in over 40 countries across 5 con... Read more »



New US participation data reveals positive trend: But lower income groups are still less physically active

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  I like good news. I especially like good news about rates of participation in sport and recreational physical activity. This month, the Sport & Fitn... Read more »



How the coronavirus brought our Europe-China exchanges to a halt: And how to take cross-continental challenges in your stride

Comment by Markus Schwaiger, ISCA.“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time,” said the famous composer Leonard Bernstein. With the MOVE Transfer Eu... Read more »



IPLA’s Nigel Green on Physical Literacy for Life: “There is a golden thread of bringing different organisations together”

The International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA) is a community of people who promote physical literacy throughout the course of life. We had a conversation with Nigel Green from IPLA about this... Read more »



25 MOVES that changed the game for ISCA and our sector

To create change you need to MOVE first, make the right MOVEs, and keep MOVING ahead. Over the past 25 years, ISCA has done just that. As ISCA turns 25 in 2020, we look back at 25 game-changing MOVEs ... Read more »



“This project will shatter boundaries and create a collective consciousness about physical literacy” Interview with Dean Dudley, Macquarie University

Dean Dudley from Macquarie University in Australia is one of the world’s leading experts in physical literacy, and was part of developing a framework of the concept that is now used in Australia... Read more »



EUPEA's Rose-Marie Repond on Physical Literacy for Life: "This project is all about going from philosophy to action”

The first week of February 2020 turned out to be busy for ISCA and a number of international experts who gathered in Copenhagen for the kick-off meeting of the Physical Literacy for Life project. ISCA... Read more »



ISCA turns 25 today! “Thank you for your contributions and involvement in ISCA”

By ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Sport and Culture Association. 25 years ago, the founding members had an interest in open collabora... Read more »



Presenting the new-look ISCA Annual Report for 2019

Today is a big day for the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA). Not only are we celebrating our 25th birthday, but we are also ready to present to you our new-look Annual Report for the... Read more »



Physical literacy is a lifelong journey: New ISCA project starts in Copenhagen

Project partners travelled from as far as Australia to Copenhagen to be part of the first meeting of ISCA’s new EU project Physical Literacy for Life on 5-7 February 2020. The project will explo... Read more »



Healthy and Physically Active Schools in Europe project begins in Luxembourg

One of the world’s most innovative university campuses, the University of Luxembourg’s Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at Esch-Belval, was not only the backdrop for th... Read more »



Gather support for your diplomatic work with our Grassroots Sport Diplomacy Policy Recommendations

Today ISCA and our partners from the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project have published a series of policy recommendations as a driver for action, further debate and development in this brand new field... Read more »



Diplomacy is an opportunity for us in grassroots sport: Try the first Grassroots Sport Diplomacy online course

Now is a very exciting time! Over the past two years we have developed the concept of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy together with our partners and diplomacy experts from across the world. Along the way, ... Read more »



#BeActive Beach Games manual and resources set for 2020 launch

The results of the first BeActive Beach Games, organised in Latvia and Portugal this summer, are being compiled into a BeActive Beach Games manual and resources that are set to be launched in time for... Read more »



ISCA supports Sporting World Pledge for Refugees ahead of next week’s Global Refugee Forum

The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) has joined over 70 organisations, led by UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee, in signing a world pledge to help young refugees discover... Read more »



CHANGE project partners embark on skills and competence mapping in sport for development

A mapping of the skills and competences that are typically needed or acquired when working in sport for development is now under way in the EU-supported CHANGE project. Partners from nine organisation... Read more »



Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project travels to the Middle East as ISCA leads workshop in Saudi Arabia

In recognition of ISCA and our project partners’ progress in pioneering the concept of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy, ISCA Head of Projects Saska Benedicic Tomat and Vice President Toni Llop were g... Read more »



What will your answer be to our younger generations? Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Right now our younger generations are asking us: What have you done with our planet’s resources? Why did you not take sufficient action to ensure there are sustainable resources for us, our chil... Read more »



6 trillion reasons to protect our parks and natural areas and boost our health at the same time

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  Last week researchers from Griffith University in Australia published a study which estimates that national parks worldwide are worth about USD 6 trilli... Read more »



Celebrating Jean Claude Besnard: Founding ISCA member is “ageing like a vintage wine”

Next year the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) will celebrate 25 years of being a global umbrella for grassroots sport organisations. One of our founding members is UFOLEP, and Jean ... Read more »



How do we keep refugee integration and inclusion on the political agenda? MOVE Beyond partners prepare for first stakeholder event

Photo: MOVE Beyond project partners take an active break at Rochdale Leisure Centre in Manchester.  Next year the partners of the EU-supported MOVE Beyond project will gather insights from their ... Read more »



What does it mean to be physically literate? New ISCA project starts in 2020

Literacy is embedded in our understanding of education as developing the ability to read and write – so what does it mean to be “physically literate”? ISCA’s newest Erasmus+ Co... Read more »



“We’re not talking about more sport, but more physical activity”: ISCA talks to Mayor of Helsinki about new Physical Activity Programme

Finland consistently ranks at the top of physical activity surveys in Europe and worldwide. So is a local government awareness campaign needed to get more Finns active? Absolutely, according to the Ma... Read more »



New Executive Committee appointed and 29 new members adopted at ISCA General Assembly

ISCA’s Executive Committee and members gathered on Saturday 19 October, in conjunction with the 9th MOVE Congress in Budapest, Hungary, for the 2019 ISCA General Assembly and Elections. The memb... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2019 one of the biggest and most active yet!

Catch up on all the highlights, presentations, interviews and stories from the MOVE Congress. One of the world’s most active conferences, the MOVE Congress, wrapped up in Budapest on Friday... Read more »



These game-changers (and many more) are ready to kick off the 9th MOVE Congress

In our day-to-day work in our associations, federations or regular workplaces it’s not often we get a chance to rub shoulders with TV stars, decision-makers from the World Health Organisation, U... Read more »



Open Streets Day activates over 100 cities in its first edition

In the run-up to the first Open Streets Day, the ISCA team invited the public to contemplate – if you had the streets to yourself for a day, what would you do? On the days surrounding 22 Se... Read more »



European Week of Sport Denmark 2019 is under way

On 23 September, the 5th anniversary edition of the European Week of Sport (EWOS) kicked off all around Europe. The International Sport and Culture Association is the National Coordinating Body for EW... Read more »



ISCA experiences a Runner's High on Open Streets Day

Copenhagen is well-known for being the bike capital of the world and, on average, Danes exercise more than many other EU nations. So how do you activate a city that is already active? By providing mor... Read more »



DGI Impact offers grants of up to €67,000 in sports tech start-up competition

If you have an innovation that can encourage more Danes to live a physically active lifestyle, DGI Impact invites you to enter its start-up competition for sports tech innovators. The best start-ups w... Read more »



From promises to progress on Health for All: ISCA signs NCD Alliance advocacy letter ahead of UN Universal Health Coverage meeting

Today in New York, the United Nations General Assembly will host a high-level UN meeting called ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’. In lead-up to the m... Read more »



European Week of Sport leaps into action

This week, organisations around Europe calling on everyone – regardless of age or background – to get physical! ISCA is backing the Europe-wide #BeActive campaign which promotes sport and ... Read more »



ISCA calls for European Solidarity Corps volunteers for 2020-2021: Applications open!

ISCA is looking for three volunteers to join the team in the Copenhagen office for a period of 12 months starting 1 March 2020, with more opportunities available later in the year (September 2020-Augu... Read more »



Open letter from ISCA to Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel – 3 free ideas!

Dear Commissioner-designate! Congratulations on your nomination as Commissioner-designate for Innovation and Youth! Based on ISCA’s mandate in grassroots sport, we would respectfully like t... Read more »



With grassroots sport diplomacy, we can achieve so much with very little: Interview with Silvija Mitevska

Silvija Mitevska is the President of TAKT (Together Advancing Common Trust), Skopje’s leading NGO for sport development and gender equality in North Macedonia. She is a paragliding pilot, a pass... Read more »



Deadline extended for MOVE Beyond survey: How can sport and non-sport actors collaborate on refugee inclusion?

ISCA and our MOVE Beyond project partners invite sport and non-sport actors to contribute to our EU-supported project with a short survey about how we can work together. The survey will complement lon... Read more »



Does your city provide enough space for movement and fun? Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

We have to use our streets and public spaces creatively, and that means for more than traffic. Otherwise, it’s a waste of space. Streets are existing facilities, and opening up them up to p... Read more »



15 countries are already gearing up for Open Streets Day

At a first glance, countries like Kenya and Norway or Turkey and Poland couldn’t be more different from each other. However, in one month they will be united with 11 other countries by the Open ... Read more »



Open Streets Day is set to activate the European Capitals of Culture 2019: Plovdiv and Matera

As the first edition of the international Open Streets Day is getting closer, numerous European cities are preparing interactive activities and events that will invite the residents to re-imagine an u... Read more »



2 months to go – don’t miss our strongest MOVE Congress programme yet!

With 2 months to go until the MOVE Congress in Budapest, we are delighted to announce that Dr Fiona Bull MBE, from the World Health Organization, will be our first keynote speaker on 17 October and se... Read more »



ISCA to help deliver first #BeActive Beach Games in Riga this weekend

This year, for the first time, two European countries will organise a #BeActive Beach Games in the lead-up to the European Week of Sport. As a partner of the event, ISCA will be at the very first Beac... Read more »



Turkish academic: How the NowWeMOVE campaign is influencing sustainable urban development policies

By Faris Karahan, Department of Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Design Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey.  Last month, the Turkish Healthy Cities Association published an... Read more »



Why is it important for sport and non-sport organisations to collaborate on refugee inclusion? Share your opinion in our new survey

Are you a sport or non-sport organisation working on activities that include and involve refugees or asylum seekers? Or would you like to start working in this area? Then we would love to hear your op... Read more »



Open Streets Day on 22 September set to turn busy streets into spaces for physical activity

If you had the streets to yourself for a day, what would you do? With ISCA's new event, Open Streets Day on 22 September, you don't need to imagine what an open street could look like - you can actual... Read more »



“This is an extraordinary opportunity for us”: Meet our MOVE Transfer European partners

For ISCA’s members, project partners and broader network, the opportunity to visit and explore the grassroots sport sector in China is a valuable stepping stone to a vast country, culture and co... Read more »



How my team of three started a Sunday Open Streets tradition in Vilnius: Interview with Mantas Paulauskas

Organising an Open Streets Day event may not seem like an easy task. After all, it does require a tremendous amount of planning, logistics and networking. For the past few years Open Streets even... Read more »



“Exchanging good practice across continents is essential for our rapidly developing communities”: Meet our new MOVE Transfer Chinese partners

This year, ISCA started a new EU Erasmus+ mobility through sport project to discover how grassroots sport is organised in China and to explore ways of exchanging good practice models between Europe an... Read more »



MOVE Congress one-day passes and summer offer now available

Whether you're taking a summer or winter break, or battling on like a warrior in the office, you are only a few clicks away from being part of one of the world's most active conferences - the MOVE Con... Read more »



Open Streets Day partners link urban needs with bottom-up solutions

In just over two months, on 22 September, urban areas in various European cities will be redesigned for Open Streets Day. The transformed car-free spaces will welcome residents to play, dance, cycle a... Read more »



MOVE Week 2019 in Barcelona unveils new generation of MOVE Influencers

UBAE in Barcelona is always trying new ways of getting people MOVING – using MOVE Week in particular as an opportunity to try new activities with different target groups like seniors and childre... Read more »



MOVE Congress Early Bird fee extended until 15 July

There is still time to save €50 on your MOVE Congress fee as we have extended our Early Bird offer until Monday 15 July 2019. For only €250 you can experience one of the world’s larges... Read more »



Second call for MOVE Congress Innovation Alley presents and exhibitors

The global market for new products and offers that get people active can be mind-boggling and it is no wonder so many new businesses and NGOs lose their way and fail to create the impact they deserve.... Read more »



European Fitness Badge closing conference – save the date!

Since 2015, and with the support of the European Commission through the Sport Unit and the Erasmus+ programme, the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) in cooperation with ISCA and 7 European organisati... Read more »



CHANGE project to enhance skills in sport for development

ISCA is a partner in a new Erasmus+ supported project that is mapping the skills and competences of people working in key roles in sport for development. The CHANGE project, led by the European Observ... Read more »



Announcing the 22 EU organisations selected to take part in EU-China mobility project

Last month, ISCA issued an open call for European leaders in grassroots sport and physical activity to take part in the 15-month project MOVE Transfer EU-China. We can now announce that 22 organisatio... Read more »



Social inclusion of refugees can start with you and physical activity: Try our new Integration of Refugees Through Sport online course

Today ISCA is celebrating World Refugee Day by launching a brand new online course available on that is especially designed to support grassroots sport, physical education, social servi... Read more »



ISCA contributes to Global Action Plan for healthy lives and well-being

ISCA has today submitted its comments on the draft Global Action Plan for healthy lives and well-being, which is an initiative of twelve multilateral global health and development organisations to ali... Read more »



MOVE Beyond partners start pilot actions on refugee inclusion through sport

Community sport and non-sport organisations in four countries have now begun an 11-month trial of new initiatives that support the inclusion and integration of refugees though sport. DGI and the Danis... Read more »



First glimpse of four new initiatives that will bring sport and non-sport organisation and refugees together in collaboration

The MOVE Beyond project’s sport and non-sport partnership pairs gave an inspiring overview of the pilot actions they will run in the coming months at the recent project meeting in Trento, Italy.... Read more »




ISCA is partnering in a new pilot of an inclusive beach games model that will be launched in Latvia and Portugal in the lead-up to this year’s European Week of Sport. The initiative, led by the ... Read more »



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 dif... Read more »



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 Octo... Read more »



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 Spor... Read more »



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 ... Read more »



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 ... Read more »



8th MOVE Week begins with over 900 events registered across Europe

This week is MOVE Week – and thanks to the incredible motivation of our National Coordinators and MOVE Agents across Europe, there are over 900 events happening from Albania to the United Kingdo... Read more »



ISCA meets 26 Chinese grassroots sport stakeholders as MOVE Transfer EU-China project begins

ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby and Head of Projects Saska Benedicic Tomat had a full schedule last week when they visited China to meet the Chinese partners of the new EU-supported MOVE Transfer EU-Chi... Read more »



New multi-storey Sesc Guarulhos facility opens in the State of São Paulo

In March ISCA member Sesc was awarded an ArchDaily Building of the Year Award in the Public Architecture category for its innovative headquarters Sesc 24 de Maio. On 11 and 12 May, Sesc inaugurated a ... Read more »



Get into the game at the MOVE Congress 2019: Call for Innovation Alley exhibitors and presenters

Are you changing the game for members of your community with activities or technologies that are getting them MOVING? Did we hear a “yes!” or even a “hell yeah!”? Then ISC... Read more »



ISCA welcomes Global Goals World Cup participants with fun and games

The Global Goals World Cup, celebrating opportunities for women and girls in sport and promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, is happening on ISCA’s doorstep this week. So what ... Read more »



ISCA to organise special event for Global Goals World Cup in Copenhagen

It's not so often that a football world cup is held - literally - on your doorstep. But that is exactly what will happen next Tuesday 14 May as the first Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) match kicks of... Read more »



Grassroots Sport Diplomacy concept takes shape

ISCA’s Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project partners gathered in Genova, Italy, to plan the development of a brand new online course on this budding concept, which will be launched at the MOVE Con... Read more »



No Elevators Day 2019 climbs to new heights

On 24 April communities in over 40 countries across 5 continents stepped up to a healthier lifestyle by participating in the global No Elevators Day. The 5th edition of the event turned out to be... Read more »



Prevention a key to health as #NoElevatorsDay and #VaccinesWork campaigns come together

Whether it’s climbing a couple of flights of stairs a day or protecting yourself and your family from potentially life-threatening diseases, the message ISCA and partner WHO Europe shared at the... Read more »



Today's No Elevators Day the most international yet!

The fifth No Elevators Day is under way, as physical activity promoters in 40 countries and five continents are sealing off lifts and escalators in their buildings or public places to encourage more p... Read more »



ISCA open call for grassroots sport leaders for Europe-China exchanges

Are you working in grassroots sport and physical activity in a European country? Would you like to broaden your horizon, gain valuable insights from other countries, and build your international netw... Read more »



Over 30 countries participating in No Elevators Day 2019

Wednesday 24 April will mark the 5th edition of No Elevators Day, a free global initiative aimed to add more physical activity into a busy schedule. This year, organisations from more than 30 countrie... Read more »



ISCA and WHO Europe join forces to bring European Immunization Week and No Elevators Day together

ISCA and the WHO Regional Office for Europe are joining forces again to promote European Immunization Week and No Elevators Day by turning UN City in Copenhagen into an interactive learning and activi... Read more »



No elephants in the room? Biases on corporate partnerships

Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg.  “Fast food companies should not be associated with grassroots sport!” This is an argument that I hear quite often, if there is a ... Read more »



“I eat stairs for breakfast”: Bulgaria aims for 500,000 No Elevators Day participants

On Wednesday 24 April the BG Be Active team will encourage Bulgarians to choose the stairs instead of elevators to demonstrate how easy it is to be active in our daily lives. And this year, No Elevato... Read more »



EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics to give keynote speech at MOVE Congress 2019

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics is the latest confirmed speaker for this year’s MOVE Congress. Commissioner Navracsics will speak at the opening of... Read more »



MOVE Congress Super Early Bird registration opens in March

The MOVE Congress from 16-18 October 2019 in Budapest, Hungary, will showcase people, trends and technologies that are changing the game for the grassroots sport and physical activity sector. So ... Read more »



MOVE Congress-inspired vision becomes reality as GAME Malta opens

A journey that started in 2015 at ISCA’s MOVE Congress in Denmark has now set sail in Malta! ISCA member MOVEMalta joined forces with the internationally renowned Danish NGO GAME after the two o... Read more »



ISCA launches Online learning for grassroots sport and physical activity professionals

For more than 20 years ISCA has been dedicated to developing a wealth of resources, together with our project partners, for people working in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector. Now we ... Read more »



24 April 2019 is No Elevators Day, when small steps can make a big difference!

For the 5th consecutive year the last Wednesday in April will become the focal point not only for sophisticated stair takers, but also for regular people around the world who just like to get more phy... Read more »



ISCA North America Chair leads new U.S. I CAN DO IT! programme

ISCA North America Chair Dr Jayne Greenberg is leading a new programme for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to get more youth with disabilities involved in more sport and physical acti... Read more »



New step-by-step videos make it easy for instructors to conduct European Fitness Badge tests

Accurately measuring one’s fitness level may not seem like a simple task, but it is now with a step-by-step video playlist from ISCA member and European Fitness Badge partner the German Gymnasti... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2019 registration is now open! Snap up one of 50 Extreme Early Bird tickets

Now it’s time to secure one of a limited batch of Extreme Early Bird tickets to the MOVE Congress in Budapest, Hungary, from 16-18 October 2019. Registration for the MOVE Congress is now open an... Read more »



Celebrating International Women’s Day with a brand new course for girls and women in sport

As the world celebrates progress towards gender equality on International Women’s Day, it’s important to remain mindful about ways to keep moving forward. That’s why ISCA is proud to... Read more »



Nordic walking a surprise hit in sunny Barcelona

The Mediterranean streets of the Catalan capital would not be the first place that came to mind when someone begins to talk about Nordic walking. However, thanks to an initiative born out of the MOVEm... Read more »



MOVING Beyond research to implementation of sports activities that include refugees in their new communities

Photo: First study tour for the MOVE Beyond project partners at Trampoline House in Copenhagen.  This month, ISCA and our project partners from 5 countries have started a brand new project that w... Read more »



Hot off the press: ISCA Annual Report 2018

ISCA's Annual Report for 2018 is now available and is a bumper edition with 40 pages featuring the projects, campaigns and advocacy efforts that made the year an impactful one for ISCA, our members an... Read more »



Plovdiv’s Pop-up Parks get thousands active

Last week we presented the NGO-city partnership that piloted a MOVEment Spaces “green space” initiative in Wroclaw, Poland. This week, we zoom in on the ancient city of Plovdiv and MOVEmen... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2019 Change the Game: It’s your MOVE

The 9th MOVE Congress is set to unearth the next game-changers for grassroots sport and physical activity promotion. Are you one of them? Get ready to join us in Budapest, Hungary, on 16-18 Octob... Read more »



European Us Girls online training course and app now available

Following the interactive workshop that launched the European Us Girls platform at the MOVING People – MOVING Europe conference in Paris in November, the project’s online training course a... Read more »



MOVEment Spaces mean more people moving in Wroclaw

Photo: V4Sport, Poland.  ISCA’s MOVEment Spaces project brought together five grassroots sport organisations from around Europe and their corresponding cities to collect, share and implemen... Read more »



Record 12.5 million people participated in MOVE Week Latin America

When Maria Luiza Souza Dias, Sesc Manager of Physical Sportive Development and ISCA Vice President, presented the final tally of MOVE Week Latin America (Semana Move and Semana Muévela) countri... Read more »



ActiveVoice project the spark that ignited advocacy actions across Europe

“We believe that ActiveVoice should not be seen as a project that has a beginning and the end, but more like a spark to embed advocacy into our organisations’ DNA. We have a plan that ever... Read more »



WHO will focus on connecting with stakeholders to implement GAPPA in 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is kicking off the new year with an ambition to connect with more stakeholders and countries to achieve its Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) 2030 ta... Read more »



As we begin 2019, what is the status of physical activity globally?

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  This is the time of year when many of us take stock of the past and make some wishes or even resolutions for the coming year. So let's take this opportu... Read more »



Season's Greetings from the ISCA Team! The NowWeMOVE mascot is coming to town...

After the NowWeMOVE mascot's first real-life appearance in our campaign events this year, we checked in to see what this active triangle has been getting up to this holiday season...Watch the video he... Read more »



ISCA receives Ethics and Sport Award in Italy

The Ethics and Sport Association in Italy (Etica e Sport) awarded ISCA a “Premio Europeo” prize this month as part of its annual “Rinaldo Bontempi e Maurizio Laudi” awards, whi... Read more »



New Active Healthy Kids report reveals childhood inactivity is at crisis point

PRESS RELEASE – ADELAIDE, Australia – Children around the world are not moving enough to maintain healthy growth and development, according to a global report released today. A n... Read more »



Moving People seminar in Paris connects project partners and high-profile speakers with a shared ambition

The second Moving People – Moving Europe conference on 23 November brought together 175 participants representing 88 organisations from 32 countries in Paris for a one-day seminar underlining th... Read more »



ISCA Awards for MOVEment Spaces presented to winners in an array of colour and fun

The ISCA Awards ceremony wrapped up the programme with a colourful and – at times – unpredictable presentation of four awards recognising partnerships who have turned urban spaces into act... Read more »



Budapest to host MOVE Congress in October 2019

Together with our Hungarian partner the National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation, ISCA has revealed today that Budapest will host the ninth MOVE Congress from 16-18 October 2019.The MO... Read more »



Creating Moving People – building blocks and angles of attack

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. I have the opportunity to give presentations about sport participation in a variety of international and national contexts. All situations are different but o... Read more »



MOVEment Spaces webinar now available on-demand

The very first ISCA webinar on MOVEment Spaces was streamed on Monday live from Nordhavn in Copenhagen, a new development where architects, city planners and grassroots sport associations including IS... Read more »



Seven pilot actions selected for support through Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project

ISCA and the partners of the EU-supported Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project have selected seven selected pilot actions to start a 10-month experimentation of a small scale Grassroots Sport Diplomacy ... Read more »



“Our initiative started with a dream and now it’s getting the recognition it deserves”: MOVEment Spaces Award winners celebrate successful partnerships

Four exemplary partnerships who have transformed “green”, “black” and “blue” urban spaces into active spaces will travel to Paris next month to receive their ISCA A... Read more »



ISCA Awards jury share how they selected this year’s MOVEment Spaces winners

Last week we were proud to announce the four winners of the first ISCA Awards for MOVEment Spaces. Three of these awards (pictured above and below), which recognise partnerships that have transformed ... Read more »



Don't miss the MOVEment Spaces live seminar from Copenhagen: 29 October 2018, 14:00-15:00 CET

What are the key ingredients you need to transform urban spaces into active spaces? Tune into our live stream at 14:00 CET on Monday 29 October for exclusive insights from Copenhagen into how loc... Read more »



Can esport bring new members to grassroots sport organisations?

Comment and interview by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  Esport is a growing activity. Many, especially younger generations, participate in various computer games that define themselves as esport... Read more »



BREAKING: ISCA’s concept of Human Right to MOVE finds support as European Sport Ministers adopt the Tbilisi declaration

This afternoon, at the 15th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Tbilisi, Sport Ministers from a range of the 47 Council of Europe member states adopted a resolution on t... Read more »



Announcing the ISCA Awards 2018 winners for MOVEment Spaces! 4 partnerships recognised for transforming urban spaces into active ones

The jury and people’s choice votes are in and we are delighted to announce the winners of the first ISCA Awards, which in 2018 recognise partnerships that have transformed urban spaces into acti... Read more »



15 countries and 854 cities celebrated MOVE Week in Latin America

MOVE Week in Latin America (known as Semana Move in Brazil and Semana Muévela in the Spanish-speaking countries) took place from 23-30 September this year, and expanded to two more countries &n... Read more »



Vote for your favourite MOVEment space

Our jury of experts in active urban spaces has shortlisted 12 partnerships that have transformed urban spaces into active spaces. Now is your chance to vote for your favourite! The 2018 ISCA Awar... Read more »



Lithuanian Sports University continues its FlashMOVE tradition

Lithuania’s performance of the flash mob to promote the NowWeMOVE campaign, FlashMOVE, has gone from strength to strength, having been held for four years in a row and involving 700 people this ... Read more »




Do you want to live abroad, work in an international environment, and gain experience in the field of international physical activity promotion and youth work? If so this is the perfect opportunity fo... Read more »



ISCA talks physical activity promotion with Lea Nash Castro from WHO Europe

ISCA and the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education visited UN City in Copenhagen on 28 September as part of the #BeActive European Week of Sport Denmark, thanks to the initiative of WHO Europe, which ... Read more »



ISCA and Ollerup in “office activity takeover” at UN City

During the #BeActive European Week of Sport in Denmark ISCA and the Ollerup Academy for Physical Education transformed a regular lunch hour at UN City in Copenhagen into a buzz of activity with our &l... Read more »



What is Grassroots Sport Diplomacy? New report sheds light on a new concept

While the relationship between diplomacy and sport may, at first glance, seem obvious and even familiar, it is a subject that has long been under-studied. However, since the end of the twentieth centu... Read more »



Intensive European Week of Sport weekend for ISCA team in Denmark

On the weekend of 22-23 September, the fourth edition of the European Week of Sport officially started. As we reported last week, ISCA staff took place in events across Europe as the European-level or... Read more »



“What an amazing place”: Laska Nenova shares her insights from MOVE Week Latin America and Sesc São Paulo

ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign manager Laska Nenova is in São Paulo, Brazil, this week speaking at the Semana Internacional Esporte pela Mudança Social (SIEMS) conference and being ther... Read more »



Erasmus+ Sport 2018 results are in: ISCA, members and partners secure new event and collaborative partnership projects

After a more suspenseful wait than anticipated, the results of the Erasmus+ Sport April deadline for non-profit events and collaborative partnerships are now out. ISCA secured funding for one project ... Read more »



Want to deliver a Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project and get €5000 in support? Get in touch and join the frontrunners!

ISCA and partners are now developing the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy concept under and Erasmus+ Sport project that is all about seeing the power of international grassroots sport from a new perspective... Read more »



Bike for Europe teams arrive at European Village after 22 days showcasing the power of the bike

The Bike for Europe teams took centre stage at European Village and Day of Sport (Tag des Sports) festival in Vienna on 22 September when they arrived after 22 days and 1750km cycling from the north a... Read more »



Where to catch ISCA during the European Week of Sport

For the 4th year in a row, ISCA is playing a significant role in the European Week of Sport as both a flagship event organiser, with Bike for Europe, and the National Coordinating Body for Denmark. Th... Read more »



EU Sport Unit Deputy: Bike for Europe is very relevant and timely

The Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour has gained a lot of support from cycling advocates throughout September, none more so than the Deputy Head of the EU Sport Unit Marisa Fernandez and the B... Read more »



Bike for Europe teams ready to meet after 1750km tour across Europe

After starting 3500km apart and cycling for 22 days to promote physical activity and social inclusion, the Bike for Europe north and south teams are set to meet each other at the official opening of t... Read more »



New WHO/Lancet data illustrates inactivity challenge – and between the lines, also the solutions!

Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg (Photo: MOVE Week in Spain).  At first sight, the new data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Lancet Global Health can ... Read more »



New WHO and Lancet Global Health Study: Globally, more than 1.4 billion adults are at risk of disease from not doing enough physical activity

Official World Health Organisation Press Release, 5 September 2018.  More than a quarter (1.4 billion) of the world’s adult population were insufficiently active in 2016, putting them at gr... Read more »



Activities for all and local bike donations kicked-off South Team tour in Greece

The South Team of Bike for Europe officially kicked off the tour on 1 September from Aristotelus Square, Thessaloniki, Greece. The opening of the NowWeBike #Bike for Europe event in Thessaloniki invol... Read more »



Bike for Europe North Tour under way!

Today marked the annual Battle of Norg race for 1600 local mountain bikers in the Drenthe region of the Netherlands, and for the Bike for Europe North Team it marked the start of their 1750km ride to ... Read more »



Bike for Europe teams ready to start epic journeys across the continent

Press release: Drenthe, Netherlands/Thessaloniki, Greece, 31 August 2018. In the build-up to the fourth European Week of Sport this September, two teams of recreational, volunteer cyclists will ride t... Read more »



Copenhagen and Ottawa become the new world capital cities

By Jakub Kalinowski, ISCA Executive Committee Member.  Each country has a capital city. Some countries, like Bolivia or South Africa for instance, have two. Capital cities are important. Thi... Read more »



Bike for Europe partner UCI is ready for tour start on 1 September

Pictured: The NowWeBike Journey of Hope tour in 2016. UCI Cycling for All is an official partner of the NowWeBike Bike for Europe team in 2018, and several of its regions are preparing to welcome the ... Read more »



Opening streets to become MOVEment Spaces: New partnership emerges with Colombia’s Ciclovias

By ISCA President, Mogens KirkebyISCA and the Ciclovias Recreativas de las Americas have signed a partnership agreement to support development of more MOVEment Spaces. Opening streets for recreat... Read more »



Bike for Europe – one month to go!

There’s only one month between now and the start line, where two teams of recreational cyclists will begin pedalling from opposite sides of Europe as part of the Bike for Europe tour – an ... Read more »



MOVE Transfer: Experiences from Malta

Since ISCA started the initiative in 2014, MOVE Transfer has become a practical example of how best practice can be transferred from one country to another. The most recent MOVE Transfer, supported by... Read more »



ISCA members’ sport for all festivals mark 100+ years of history

By ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby (main graphic UMFI's National Festival poster).  As the pioneers who founded ISCA back in 1995 had their first meeting in connection to the biggest sport for all ... Read more »



Bike for Europe opening cities confirmed

Assen, in the Dutch province of Drenthe, and Thessaloniki in Greece are confirmed to send the Bike for Europe North and South teams on their big journey across Europe on 1 September. The two team... Read more »



MOVE Transfer: Experiences from Bulgaria

The MOVE Transfer project has been a practical examination of how good practice from one country in regards to “Healthy Clubs” can be transposed into another place. The foundations for wha... Read more »



Who is a peer educator?

A new research report published as part of the European Youth Health Champions project challenges the notion of “peer education” as something that goes beyond age and gender and extends to... Read more »



Bike for Europe Action Guide shares tips for organising a bike tour side event

Today we proudly present our Bike for Europe Action Guide! It includes everything you need to know about the Bike for Europe tour, taking place from 1-23 September, how to organise a side event and ho... Read more »



Integration of Refugees through Sport: Are you ready to #PlayTogether?

It’s World Refugee Day and we are thrilled to share with you our first Integration of Refugees through Sport videos and resources for grassroots sport organisations to use when working on activi... Read more »



MOVE Transfer expansion of Healthy Clubs a launching pad for new quality mark

ISCA’s MOVE Transfer initiative has seen another local grassroots sport initiative being transferred to other countries, led by ISCA member the Sports Union of Slovenia, which aimed to share its... Read more »



Top results for ISCA and ActiveVoice partners' #GAPPA social media campaign

Picture: Top tweet! This post was one of the top 10 retweeted posts on #GAPPA according to a ScotPublicHealth report.  Last month we invited our project partners, members and extended network in ... Read more »



New #DopOut video presents anti-doping messages from peer-to-peer

How can we combat doping in sport? By sharing clear and direct messages, conceived by young people and addressed to other young people. This is the purpose of the new #DopOut video that was presented ... Read more »



“Waiting for Ronaldo” – reflections on the launch of the WHO Global Action Plan for Physical Activity

Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg.  What’s not to like! After a quite inclusive process, the WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – Mor... Read more »



WHO launches Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 in Lisbon

This afternoon the World Health Organisation has officially launched the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – More Active People for a Healthier World (GAPPA), which was endorsed ... Read more »



ISCA celebrates MOVE Week with slow biking and extreme bocce battles

Today the ISCA team took some time out from our busy schedules to get involved in MOVE Week, and with MOVE Week getting involved of course means getting moving! With the secretariat based in cycle cra... Read more »



Eight ways the EU Commission's regulation proposals for Erasmus+ could affect the sport sector: Comment by ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg

Yesterday, the EU Commission unveiled its proposal for a new socalled regulation for Erasmus+ for the period 2021-2027. While this is not the final text and budget, we would like to share the mai... Read more »



StepJockey steps on board as MOVE Week partner

UK organisation StepJockey is extending its support for the NowWeMOVE campaign from No Elevators Day to MOVE Week this year as part of its continued efforts to get sedentary people moving. Kick-starte... Read more »



Conference in Australia to launch Active Healthy Kids Report Cards for 2018

ISCA members V4Sport and BG Be Active will be part of the launch of the Active Healthy Kids Alliance Report Cards for 2018 at the ‘Movement to Move: Global Insights to get our Kids Moving’... Read more »



MOVE Week is upon us!

This week people from all around the world are getting moving in a variety of ways during the seventh edition of MOVE Week. MOVE Agents from 23 countries around the world have helped to organise an am... Read more »



ISCA Awards 2018 call for applications: Get recognised for your work in creating MOVEment Spaces

We want to celebrate your work. So in 2018, ISCA is awarding partnerships who have reimagined and transformed urban spaces into active spaces. We call these spaces MOVEment Spaces because they enable ... Read more »



WHO Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity adopted

Image: Karen Milton, Twitter.  ISCA is happy to announce that the World Health Organisation’s member states have adopted the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – More A... Read more »



ISCA launches new Human Right to MOVE video featuring MEPs

ISCA has developed the concept of the Human Right to MOVE to promote physical activity as an essential part of our existence. Last year it was the central theme of our MOVE Congress in Birmingham and ... Read more »



“We felt it was our duty to do something for local refugees”: Danish tennis club boosts membership by opening its doors

On 22 May, the ISCA team and partners in the Integration of Refugees through Sport (IRTS) project visited Birkerød Tennis Club north of Copenhagen in Denmark. Birkerød has seen an influx... Read more »



Bike for Europe pedals towards starting point with kick-off meeting in Greece

Bike for Europe, a cross-border cycling tour taking place from 1-23 September 2018 as part of the International Sport and Culture Association’s NowWeMOVE campaign and the European Week of Sport,... Read more »



Why continuity and innovation are equally important to sports clubs: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Last weekend I met a 70-year-old. Not a 70-year-old person, but rather a well-known member of ISCA. I joined our member organisation UISP in celebrating its 70th anniversary with a seminar on advocacy... Read more »



No Elevators Day ambassador challenges limitations of disability

Photo: Albanian Paralympic champion Haki Doku shows us how he celebrated No Elevators Day this year.The increased international visibility of this year’s No Elevators Day, on 25 April, means tha... Read more »



Raise your voice about the Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity this month: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Within the next month Health Ministers from close to 200 countries will – in the framework of the World Health Organisation (WHO) – adopt the Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activit... Read more »



Erasmus+ funding allocation doubled in latest EU budget proposal

On Wednesday 2 May, the European Commission outlined its initial plans for new budgets for the 2021-2027 period. The is simply the first step towards their adoption, but the early figures project a do... Read more »



20 European Parliament representatives supported No Elevators Day

ISCA’s No Elevators Day on 25 April not only expanded to three more continents this year, but also gathered support from double the number of members of European Parliament as last year, plus th... Read more »



No Elevators Day triples reach with first global edition

No Elevators Day went global this year and on 25 April activities supporting the campaign reached around the globe on social media. Supporters ranged from Olympic champions to Sprite’s headquart... Read more »



500,000 Bulgarians will choose the stairs on 25 April

For the fourth year, No Elevators Day will be coordinated in Bulgaria by ISCA member BG Be Active, bringing together institutions, companies, media and public figures in Bulgaria to raise public aware... Read more »



Slovak Olympian joins us as a No Elevators Day ambassador

Slovak Olympic athlete, World Champions and Rio Olympic Games gold medallist in the 50km Race Walk Matej Tóth is warming up to take the stairs for No Elevators Day on 25 April. He made a v... Read more »



Sesc São Paulo ready to roll out No Elevators Day in Brazil

No Elevators Day will be held for the first time in Brazil this year, with Sesc São Paulo set to roll out the event in several locations on 25 April 2018. The activities will be carried out at ... Read more »



Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project features in new Sport and Citizenship journal

The latest Sport and Citizenship journal features ISCA's new project, Grassroots Sport Diplomacy, which was launched in February. The story is published in both French and English. The project is... Read more »



No Elevators Day reveals simple solution to a complex problem

For immediate release – Copenhagen, 19 April 2018.  The world is sitting on a physical inactivity time bomb. Who can defuse it? The answer could be right in front of us – and it costs... Read more »



“It’s not every day you see a giant orange Triangle Man three metres in the air!” ISCA mascot a hit at Runners High in Denmark

After months of hostile Copenhagen weather, the sun broke through the clouds and lit up Zealand yesterday just in time for the Runners High at Bispebjerg Hospital. The event involved around 300 runner... Read more »



One week to go until No Elevators Day!

We’re counting down to the fourth No Elevators Day, which will take place across the world next Wednesday 25 April. This year, events are being staged for the first time in India, Pakistan, Taiw... Read more »



S2A Sport partners launching a range of innovative products to support workforce development in Europe

“Improving skills for sport administration in Europe is a crucial process in the development and professionalisation of the whole sport sector, and we should be proud to have pioneered a series ... Read more »



Survey on active citizenship among prisoners

Photo: Activities with prisoners in Plovdiv were part of MOVE Week in 2016.  ISCA member UISP invites participants to take part in a survey on active citizenship among prisoners as part of the Pr... Read more »



New US cross-sector recommendations for promoting walkable communities

The US National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released new Cross-Sector Recommendations for Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities. The document is part of the National Physical Activity Pla... Read more »



No Elevators Day events planned on 4 continents: Registration still open

The fourth edition of No Elevators Day is fast approaching, and this year promises to be bigger than ever before. That’s because on 25 April 2018 the event is going global, which means that no m... Read more »



ISCA President to present at EU Sport Forum today

Follow the EU Sport Forum’s live streaming today at 15:10 CET to hear ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby present in a high level session on the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle in Sofia, Bulgaria.&... Read more »



New Eurobarometer on physical activity in the EU published today

Inofgraphic: European Commission. The Special Eurobarometer 472 on Sport and Physical Activity was announced at the EU Sport Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria today, revealing that the proportion of EU citizen... Read more »



European Us Girls shares new insights on female peer leadership in sport

To celebrate International Women’s Day today, the European Us Girls partners, including ISCA, are sharing new research on the role of female peer leaders in sport. The research report is the fir... Read more »



ISCA supports new European Parliament Stairs Health Campaign

Photo: MEP Hannu Takkula, ALDE, challenged ISCA Secretary General in a different way of using the stairs in 2017.  ISCA supports a new Stairs Health Campaign being launched at the European Parlia... Read more »



19 Spanish schools to collaborate on a No Elevators Day project

By Andreu Raya Demidoff, President of Deporte para la Educación y la SaludA group of 19 schools in Euskadi, Castilla Leon and Madrid will be the main drivers of No Elevators Day 4 Sch... Read more »



Your first step towards change is to support the No Elevators Day Thunderclap campaign

It’s time to put your feet down in the fight against the inactivity curse. The path towards a healthier lifestyle is full of stairs and we dare you to climb them. Join our Thunderclap campaign t... Read more »



ISCA President joins Council of Europe expert group on consultative visit to Georgia

Photo: Silber Mel/Flickr.  ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby will travel to Georgia this week as part of a sport policy expert group that will assess the country’s compliance with the European ... Read more »



World Student Games in Canada open for registration

ISCA member the World Student Games Federation (WSGF) in Canada will stage the World Student Games 2018 in Winnipeg from June 7-10, 2018. Registration is now open for 16 sports for both female and mal... Read more »



Financial incentives are a great way to move people – but how sustainable are they?

As ISCA has been running the NowWeMOVE campaign for over seven years now, we are often asked what the difference is between awareness-raising, activation and even sustained activation when it comes to... Read more »



Who is the enemy? Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Image: Twitter post from WHO.  On 16 February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the setup of an Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs with the mandate to propose new ways ... Read more »



Active School Communities resources now available online

The EU-supported Active School Communities project, led by ISCA member BG Be Active and in which ISCA is a partner, has released a series of resources to help community sport organisations break the i... Read more »



S2A Sport project partners ready to launch new resources on sport administration

Partners of the S2A Sport project, including ISCA, are preparing to launch a series of resources that will help shape the “sports administrator’s” role and professional development o... Read more »



Pioneers of “Grassroots Sport Diplomacy” set to carve new niche in sport

We often see diplomatic actions acted out on the international elite sporting stage: the most recent example being North and South Korea competing as one team again at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeo... Read more »



Did you know…? 12 fun facts about the International Sport and Culture Association

A sign on the ISCA Secretariat door says “Cake here!” Indeed, our colleagues in the Copenhagen office are well-known sweet-tooths and like to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and other ... Read more »



Clear ISCA footprint on WHO action plan

Photo: ISCA and the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education visit WHO Europe during European Week of Sport in 2017.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now published its second draft of the gl... Read more »



NowWeBike again! Bike for Europe 2018 tour set for September

The NowWeBike Journey of Hope tour was a hallmark event of the NowWeMOVE campaign and European Week of Sport in 2016. This September, NowWeBike is set to return to the NowWeMOVE and #BeActive calendar... Read more »



Plan ahead for the seventh edition of MOVE Week Save the dates: 28 May-3 June

Registration is open for MOVE Week 2018 events, and five countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Serbia and Turkey) have already got the ball rolling. The seventh edition of the European MOV... Read more »



There was a Tartu Call – but nobody picked up the phone!

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. (Photo by European Commission: The EU Commissioner for Health and food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, signs the Tartu Call).  Under much festivity, the Ta... Read more »



ISCA President tours Colombia New partnerships start and existing ones strengthened in Latin America

Photo: ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby with group leaders of the sport division in Compensar.  ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby spent a warm week in December visiting ISCA members, partners and g... Read more »



Three easy ways to support the first worldwide No Elevators Day

Physical activity ambassadors across the world: we invite you to participate in the first worldwide No Elevators Day on 25 April 2018. ISCA introduced No Elevators Day to its line-up of NowWeMOVE... Read more »



ISCA Annual Report 2017 now available

The International Sport and Culture Association’s Annual Report for 2017 is now available and is a colourful collection of the events, projects and advocacy actions we led and supported alongsid... Read more »



Season's Greetings from the ISCA Team: In 2018 we'll keep advocating for the Human Right to MOVE

Watch our 2017 Season's Greetings video here. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby looks ahead to 2018.  All year round, ISCA’s members are delivering accessible and affordable recreational s... Read more »



New ISCA project to feature at EU Sport Diplomacy Seminar

Photo: Taking sport diplomacy from being a handshake between elite actors to diplomatic actions at the grassroots level (Flickr: Roy Luck, Fairfield Sports Association).  ISCA Secretary General J... Read more »



ISCA opinion on Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Photo: European Commission.  Three EU Commissioners took the first step to collaborate on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle with the Tartu Call, which they signed at the Estonian Presidency of... Read more »



ISCA President presents at Play the Game conference: Watch live

This week, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby will speak in four sessions at the biennial Play the Game conference in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Besides covering the governance challenges in sport, Pla... Read more »



City of Paris “on the MOVE”

At the recent ISCA General Assembly, Sport Adviser Mr Paolo Guidi from the City of Paris’s Youth and Sports Department presented a vision for his city that would give more priority to physi... Read more »



Save the dates: No Elevators Day and MOVE Week 2018

The time to start planning your next No Elevators Day or MOVE Week event is now. The official dates for the NowWeMOVE campaign’s biggest events in the first half of 2018 are set: No Elevators Da... Read more »



My most culturally enriching experience as a PE teacher: Valuable first-hand insights for Integration of Refugees through Sport partners

“The young men you’re about to meet are mostly from Afghanistan, aged between 16 and 20. They all came to Denmark unaccompanied. They are living in asylum centres around the country and th... Read more »



“Physical activity can’t change our situation, but it can change how we feel”: Refugees talk about the realities of sport and integration

Photo from Ollerup Academy of Physical Education activities with refugees. Having the chance to meet face-to-face and chat with people who are subject to so much turmoil and political debate was a hum... Read more »



MOVE Week Latin America celebrated with over 10,000 events in 13 countries

MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana MOVE Brasil in Brazil and Semana Muévela in other countries) was celebrated in three new countries from 23-30 September 2017 and tripled the number of activit... Read more »



Growing the MOVEment: ISCA General Assembly looks to the future

Held in Birmingham, UK, on 7 October, the ISCA 2017 General Assembly focused on ‘growing the MOVEment’, noting promising developments among ISCA’s intercontinental network and among ... Read more »



32 new member organisations join ISCA

At the 2017 ISCA General Assembly on 7 October, ISCA members voted to ratify 32 new membership applications from community sport organisations, clubs, associations federations, educational institution... Read more »



Physical activity promoters from six continents made their MOVE at the MOVE Congress 2017

The MOVE Congress 2017 in Birmingham, UK, from 4-6 October gathered stakeholders in grassroots sport and physical activity from six continents and countries as far and wide as New Zealand, Costa Rica,... Read more »



“Birmingham hasn’t seen an opening of a congress life this before”: MOVE Congress 2017 starts with a celebration of MOVEment

It’s our human right to move – so what’s stopping us? MOVE Congress 2017 facilitator Sean Blair from ProMeet greeted this year’s delegates when they arrived with a call to move... Read more »



Copenhagen Runners High took local runners to new heights for European Week of Sport

On Saturday 30 September, ISCA member DGI organised a good example of a small scale event during the European Week of Sport, the Copenhagen Runners High. The event was an urban trail run in Nordhavn, ... Read more »



"Civil society is a critical player in physical activity promotion": Interview with Jo Jewell from WHO Europe

On Wednesday WHO Europe welcomed ISCA and the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education at the UN headquarters (UN City) in Copenhagen ready for an active lunch hour with colleagues from around the world.... Read more »



ISCA and Ollerup students make UN City in Copenhagen a #BeActive hub

With support from WHO Europe and the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education, the most active day of the year – 27 September – came to life at UN City in Copenhagen during an extraordinary l... Read more »



“City of good thoughts” inspires a new joint action call for a healthy lifestyle

Photos: European Commission.  The Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union focused on the role of coaches in society and that was also the topic for the first presidency conferenc... Read more »



Three European Commissioners call for Healthy Lifestyle initiative

By ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  One of the first objectives of the European Union is to “promote peace and well-being of its citizens”. It was therefore appropriate and encouraging... Read more »



Czech Sokol calls for expressions of interest for XVIth All-Sokol Slet event

ISCA member the Czech Sokol Organisation is inviting performance teams and individuals to express their interest in attending the XVIth All-Sokol Slet 2018 in Prague, the Czech Republic, which will ta... Read more »



ISCA highlights civil society role in feedback to WHO on “Global action plan to promote physical activity” draft

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is developing a “Global action plan to promote physical activity”, and it is expected to be adopted at the World Health Assembly in May 2018. A draft is... Read more »



Estonia developing new MOVING values with reformed “physical activity education”: Interview with Maret Pihu

Cartoons by Liikumislabor Next year, physical education in Estonia will be making a big transition towards a more holistic system, where the main focus will be on physical activity and self-... Read more »



ISCA to get UN City Copenhagen moving on Europe’s most active day

The International Sport and Culture Association, as designated coordinator of the European Week of Sport in Denmark, will be getting staff at the UN headquarters in Copenhagen moving on 27 September a... Read more »



Erasmusx10 campaign aims to give Erasmus+ budget a massive boost

What would €2.66 billion mean to the sport and physical activity sector in Europe? If the new Erasmusx10 campaign from the EU’s Lifelong Learning Platform, European Youth Forum and Eur... Read more »



UISP: Let’s use the tools we have to convince stakeholders about the importance of physical activity

In Italy, important stakeholders in sport and physical activity are spread out over different regions, as well as those sitting in the most influential seats of the national government. So this presen... Read more »



MOVE Congress participants: It's time to download your conference app!

Will you be joining us at the MOVE Congress - one of the world’s most dynamic conferences dedicated to sport and physical activity? If so, our MOVE Congress app is now ready for you to download.... Read more »



UFOLEP: Recognition from top leaders in French politics and sport is our goal

Getting your voice heard in a big country like France is not an easy task. But ISCA member UFOLEP is taking inspiration from the ActiveVoice project to aim high and convince the top French political l... Read more »



ISCA’s Laska Nenova to present at Active Schools, Active Kids seminar in Brussels

On Friday 29 September, coinciding with the third European School Sport Day and the European Week of Sport, ISCA partner Sport and Citizenship is hosting a one-day seminar called Active Schools, Activ... Read more »



BG Be Active: How we’re using advocacy to get Europe’s least active people MOVING

ISCA member and ActiveVoice project partner BG Be Active from Bulgaria is a young non-profit organisation, established in 2011, that is raising awareness and moving people in Europe’s least acti... Read more »



Interview with ISCA Development Director Kai Troll on Boardroom blog

Photo: Kai Troll presents the NowWeMOVE campaign in Abu Dhabi.  ISCA’s Development Director Kai Troll draws from his extensive experience working in the NGO sector in a new interview publis... Read more »



EU dismisses commercial fitness complaint over local sports associations’ “illegal” State support

Photo: DGI.  This week’s EU decision that it is legal for a State to support local sports associations running fitness centres for their members came as good news for ISCA member DGI in Den... Read more »



Try out European Fitness Badge tests during the German and Austrian European Week of Sport

Developed by seven European countries and supported by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Sport programme, the European Fitness Badge is the latest innovative tool that can use to test your ... Read more »



WHO launches Global Action Plan on Physical Activity: Comment by ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby

The World Health Organisation has launched a draft for Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030. That is good news. I am especially satisfied to see that this global plan is called an “... Read more »



Montenegro to host sport for all festival in September

Photo: Association Sport for All Serbia ISCA member Association Sport for All Serbia invites participants of all ages to join its 27th Open Summer Festival in Sutomore, Montenegro, from 20-24 Sep... Read more »



ISCA, our members and partners to start new Erasmus+ projects in the coming year

Photo: ISCA and our team of cyclists are getting ready to ride again with the Bike for Europe event in 2018.  ISCA will start two new projects with grants from the Erasmus+ Sport programme in lat... Read more »



New speakers confirmed for MOVE Congress 2017

The MOVE Congress 2017 programme is taking shape and we have confirmed new speakers across the four tracks, including Born Barikor, CEO of Our Parks, UK in the MOVEment Spaces track, Jonathan Hooshman... Read more »



When the city becomes your playground

Physical activity is one of the easiest ways to activate people and add a spark or summer glow (sometimes literally!) to an otherwise dull day. This summer, MOVE Malta showcased its new collaboration ... Read more »



Be part of Europe’s most active day: FlashMOVE and European Fitness Day set for 27 September

ISCA invites MOVE Agents with an interest in dance and fitness to be part of what we call “Europe’s most active day” on 27 September.  This is the day the FlashMOVE simultaneous... Read more »



European Youth Health Champions, unite!

In times of austerity and high youth unemployment across Europe, it is important to highlight the good examples around us and notice the aspiring people behind them. In collaboration with organisation... Read more »



Hungarian MOVE Transfer initiative releases NowUPlay! game book

In 2015, the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s (HSSF) TE IS (You Play) programme was selected by ISCA as one of 7 best practices to be transferred or upscaled through the MOVE Transfer program... Read more »



Active Healthy Kids Report Cards open up new advocacy opportunities for ISCA member

ISCA member and ActiveVoice project partner V4Sport in Poland grasped the opportunity to gather data for the Active Healthy Kids Report Card last year. Now it is developing a website to present its fi... Read more »



ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme the focus of a new study

Photos: StreetGames UK transferred its award-winning Doorstep Sport Clubs to Kosovo. (Great ideas are best exchanged across borders and over a good cup of coffee.) The International Sport and Cul... Read more »



10th anniversary of EU White Paper on Sport a milestone for grassroots sport

Photo: MEP Sean Kelly gets active outside European Parliament (by Jana Stehlíková).  This week marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most important EU documents for the grassroot... Read more »



First speakers confirmed for MOVE Congress 2017

The first ten speakers are now confirmed for the MOVE Congress in Birmingham from 4-6 October 2017, and the line-up includes some of the most influential women in UK sport. Meet Sport England CEO Jenn... Read more »



ISCA staff embark on a “pilgrimage” back to our organisation’s “grassroots” at DGI Landdstævne

Photo: DGI.  ISCA staff are getting out of the office this week and going back to our organisation’s roots at the DGI Landsstævne in Aalborg, Denmark (which runs from 29 June-2 July).... Read more »



Volunteering and inclusion initiatives still crucial in grassroots sport: New data

A new report has been published by the Social Inclusion and Volunteering in Sports Clubs in Europe project (co-funded by Erasmus+ Sport) on similarities and differences among sports clubs in Europe.Th... Read more »



Celebrating women in sport and physical activity: New ISCA knowledge platform

This week we are celebrating Women’s Sport Week, a UK initiative of the charity organisation Women in Sport. This organisation is taking big strides to promote opportunities to engage in sport a... Read more »



Why do we need Active School Communities? Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

The short answer is “Because we need more active children!” Actually we need a dramatic change in the behaviour of children. We are unfortunately seeing a strong trend of inactive lif... Read more »



What is the Most Valuable Partnership for Building Active School Communities?

When ISCA released its report The Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe with Cebr in 2015 we revealed that four-fifths of European adolescents are insufficiently active. Growing reports of ch... Read more »



ISCA coordinates European Week of Sport in Denmark for second year in a row: Event registration now open

ISCA has again been selected by the Danish Ministry of Culture and the EU to coordinate European Week of Sport activities in Denmark in 2017. The European Week of Sport (EWoS) in Denmark will coincide... Read more »



European Fitness Badge launched at International Gymnastics Festival in Berlin

This month, the European Fitness Badge was successfully launched at the International German Gymnastics Festival (Internationales Deutsches Turnfest) in Berlin. Over the 6-day festival, the project&rs... Read more »



Highlighting our partners’ great work #WithRefugees on World Refugee Day

Last year, with funding from the Nordplus and Erasmus+ programme, ISCA and our partners started working on two projects addressing a sensitive topic and vulnerable target group that has been the subje... Read more »



Relive the 6th MOVE Week from A to Z And save the dates for MOVE Week Latin America!

Over 1500 events took place in at least 24 European countries for this year’s MOVE Week, and the event tally is still being boosted by reports from our National Coordinators and MOVE Agents. &nb... Read more »



Call for good practices in youth peer education

We would like to convert knowledge and experience from cross-sector stakeholders in youth peer education into learning resources that can be used transnationally by organisations in youth work, health... Read more »



Registration now open for the MOVE Congress 2017

As humans, we have the right to MOVE, and as stakeholders in sport and physical activity it is our duty to help our fellow citizens exercise this right. The International Sport and Culture Associ... Read more »



ActiveVoice partners gather best practices to develop new toolkit for smart advocacy

ISCA’s ActiveVoice project partners gathered in Copenhagen this month to embark upon a common challenge: to create a toolkit for grassroots sport organisations to become better at advocacy. ... Read more »



New online resource helps sports clubs promote the health benefits of their activities

Competition is no longer the main priority for the 21st century sports club. Demonstrating the health benefits of their activities is an increasingly valuable way to attract and retain members. The Fi... Read more »



Get active this MOVE Week 2017

Whereas Darwin’s rule claims that only the fittest survive, MOVE Week in 2017 supports all kinds of physical activity. Let’s show the world that grassroots-level sport and physical activit... Read more »



European Fitness Badge a new measurement tool for physical activity trainers

ISCA is a partner in the Germany Gymnastics Federation’s (DTB) Erasmus+ supported European Fitness Badge project, which has now launched the tool for physical activity trainers. If you are ... Read more »



Philosophical “father” of ISCA has passed away

We are sad to inform that Prof Dr Henning Eichberg has passed away (1.12.1942 – 22.4.2017). Henning was often called the “philosophical father of ISCA” and he contributed to the foun... Read more »



MOVE Week 2017: One month to go!

The spring molecules in the air are rejoicing, because MOVE Week is only one month away. What will be your signature MOVE for 2017? From 29 May-4 June, we encourage everyone to showcase their activity... Read more »



Reporting is the perfect time to reflect and decide what’s next for your Erasmus+ project: ISCA project coordinator shares her insights from Youth on the MOVE

ISCA’s Youth on the MOVE project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, has officially come to an end. But even though we’re submitting the project’s final... Read more »



Share your good examples of grassroots initiatives for women in sport 

ISCA, as a partner of the Us Girls Europe project, led by our UK member StreetGames, is currently mapping good practices of successful projects (or particular aspects of them), initiatives, events or ... Read more »



Burn calories, not electricity: Organisations across Europe support third No Elevators Day

“Burn calories, not electricity!” was one of the many tweets that together with the #NoElevatorsDay hashtag made it to the Danish trending topic list on 26 April. The internet was buzzing ... Read more »



Birmingham to host MOVE Congress 2017

We are pleased to announce that the UK city of Birmingham will host the 8th MOVE Congress from 4-6 October 2017. One of the world’s only conferences dedicated to recreational sport and physical ... Read more »



Colombian city celebrates No Elevators Day 2017

No Elevators Day stretched beyond Europe for the first time this year to Latin America, with the city of Palmira, in the Cauca Valley in Colombia jumping on board. The organisation of the event w... Read more »



Now We Take the Stairs in the European Parliament

The European Parliament in Brussels is a building with a lot of elevators and some of Europe’s most high profile supporters of the NowWeMOVE campaign. So it was a natural choice to make a specia... Read more »



National Recommendations now published for Physical Activity in Germany

National Recommendations for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Promotion for the Federal Republic of Germany have been set out for the very first time with support of the Federal Ministry of Hea... Read more »



International Gymnastics Symposium highlights Turnfest 2017

The German Gymnastics Federation (DTB), the International Sports and Culture Association (ISCA), and the European Gymnastics Union (UEG) are inviting participants to be part of the new International S... Read more »



Mondiali Antirazzisti registration opens on 15 April

On 15 April, registration will open for this year's Mondiali Antirazzisti event in Modena, Italy. ISCA member UISP is behind this vibrant festival promoting peace, tolerance and inclusion through spor... Read more »




Prepare to show your workplace the easiest way to exercise every day On the count of three, get ready to join the third No Elevators Day! On Wednesday, 26 April, we encourage everyone to choose ... Read more »



ISCA Secretary General presents good governance pledge at EU Sport Forum

“Even some sports organisations in this room need to work on their governance,” ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg. ISCA made an official pledge today at the EU Sport Forum in Malta ... Read more »



What is the status of good governance and women in grassroots sport in 2017?

MOVE Quality’s Simone Digennaro and Antonio Saccone share their thoughts on two of sport’s biggest issues.  Slovenian ISCA member SD Partizan Skofja Loka used ISCA’s MOVE Quali... Read more »



International Sport and Culture Association to launch new platform dedicated to women in sport

The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is set to launch the first European knowledge platform for women in sport as part of the Alice Milliat Foundation’s Erasmus+ supported Euro... Read more »



Creating active spaces in an urban jungle: New ISCA project pools expertise from European cities, NGOs and facility specialists

Photo: A wet February afternoon was no barrier to the MOVEment Spaces partners, who explored Copenhagen’s outdoor facilities, including a winter bathing pool in the harbour. To many citizen... Read more »




On 7 and 8 February, the S2A Sport partners met at Werkgevers in de Sport (WOS) in Papendal, Netherlands, to further shape the theoretical framework of a new training course for sports administrators ... Read more »



“Before you pass on the knowledge, you need to do your homework”

On 9-11 February, ISCA and our Youth on the MOVE project partner in Poland, V4Sport, hosted the Future of the Grassroots Sport conference in Wroclaw. The event, supported by Youth on the MOVE and Yout... Read more »



Integrity and good governance crucial to the sector: EU report

Photo from ISCA's Good Governance in Grassroots Sport resources. A new report from the European Parliament underlines that the integrity and good governance of sport are crucial to ensure the fun... Read more »



ISCA to feature on good governance in sport poster pledge at EU Sport Forum

Photo from ISCA's Good Governance in Grassroots Sport website. ISCA will feature on one of 20 poster pledges by European organisations to promote principles of Good Governance in European Sport a... Read more »



ISCA welcomes proposal for WHO global physical activity action plan

ISCA welcomes the World Health Organisation Executive Board’s endorsement of developing a global WHO action plan on revitalising physical activity for health. ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby, say... Read more »



Lower the barriers!

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby, Photo of ISCA project Integration of Refugees through Sport (Maria Lourdes Gonzalez). At this time of the year many people consider becoming more physically a... Read more »



The key to change lies in our younger generation: Investing in youth to keep people moving in the future

“To get the average number of moving people we have today in the world, in the future we will need very skilled, smart and clever young people to be our MOVE Agents. The more you invest in it, t... Read more »



ISCA is MOVING People! Read our 2016 Annual Report

ISCA Annual Report 2016 is out now and you can read it below. 2016 was a year of very high intensity, where we delivered towards our promises to the physical activity sector. Read more and get in... Read more »



European Week of Sport 2017 will kick-off in Estonia: ISCA member to share coordination role

Estonia has been granted the opportunity to organise the opening event for the European Week of Sport (EWoS) 2017 under the national coordination of ISCA member Sport for All Estonia (Ühendus Spo... Read more »



MOVE Week in Latin America grows to 11 countries and record 7674 events

Cover photo: Sesc Campinas.  Semana Muévela, the Latin American edition of MOVE Week, has set records in its fourth year expanding from five to 11 countries and from 5429 to 7674 events. I... Read more »



The challenge of moving people is international

The Move Brasil International Seminar The challenge of moving people, held in Sao Paulo in Brasil from 7–9 December was a great success that gathered more than 200 participants from 13 coun... Read more »



ParticipACTION releases first global comparison of children’s physical activity

For the past 12 years, ISCA member ParticipACTION, in conjunction with the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, has released annual report cards assessing Canadian children’s physical activity l... Read more »



ISCA and SENA cooperation in Colombia delivers new training course: Eurofitness leads workshop for trainers of people with disabilities

As part of an agreement between the National Learning Service (SENA) and ISCA, Eurofitness Edu (the training centre of ISCA member in UBAE Foundation in Spain) delivered a training course in Bogot&aac... Read more »



ISCA volunteers past and present celebrate 20th anniversary of European Voluntary Scheme

The year 2016 has marked the 20th anniversary of the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which is part of the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. EVS gives young people (aged 17-30) an oppor... Read more »



MOVING PEOPLE contribute to the integrity of sport: Looking ahead to 2017

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby The slogan of ISCA is MOVING PEOPLE. This term represents both what we are striving to do and the kinds of people we are ourselves – moving people. ... Read more »



ISCA seminar in Brazil tackles “The challenge of moving people” in Latin America

This week ISCA’s member and partner SESC from Sao Paulo is hosting an international seminar “The challenge of moving people” with more than 200 participants from Brazil, 25 from othe... Read more »



“There is nothing more powerful than sharing ideas, stories and knowledge”: Erasmus+ project partners raise their voice at Moving Europe conference

ISCA and the partners of four Erasmus+ Sport projects (ActiveVoice, PASS Project, FlashMOVE and Journey of Hope) gathered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, this week for a special conference dedicated to their ... Read more »



Physical activity sector: England needs your help

ISCA partner ukactive’s National Summit in London on 9 November sent a clear message to the physical activity sector: the nation’s public sport and health bodies need your help.Sport Engla... Read more »



International Gymnastics for All forum "exceeded our expectations": SESC São Paulo

The VIII International Forum of Gymnastics for All was held from 13-16 of October 2016 at Unicamp and Sesc Campinas in Brazil with support from ISCA. The programme's theme, "Connecting the d... Read more »



Save the dates for No Elevators Day and MOVE Week in 2017

Two of the NowWeMOVE campaign's hallmark European events, No Elevators Day and MOVE Week, are confirmed to take place once again in the Northern Hemisphere's spring in 2017. No Elevators Day... Read more »



ISCA calls for applicants: Become a European volunteer at ISCA in 2017-2018!

If you wish to live abroad, work in an international environment and gain experience in the field of international youth, sport and culture then this is your opportunity! We are searching for self-mot... Read more »



Integration of Refugees Through Sport project moves from theory to practice

This year, ISCA, with funding from the Nordplus and Erasmus+ programme, has started working with a sensitive topic and vulnerable target group that has been the subject of great debate in Europe this ... Read more »



Cross-sector collaboration the next step for Education Through Sport methodology

ISCA’s MOVE&Learn manual for Education Through Sport (ETS) has been in action this week at a training seminar in Budapest, Hungary, for organisations from nine EU member states (Belgium, Bul... Read more »



Sesc São Paulo remembers influential Director

Renato Requixa, the former Director of Sesc São Paulo, an ISCA member and renowned promoter and provider of physical activity and leisure opportunities in Brazil, has passed away. Requixa&... Read more »



Europe ran with us: School children from 20 countries exercised during European School Sport Day® 2016

As reports come in from the second European Week of Sport, early results point to the European School Sport Day® as the EU initiative’s biggest event, moving approximately 1.5 million school... Read more »



What would you do if you had 100 million US Dollars?

By Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA Secretary General. Photo: Matt Madd (Urban Yoga).  Even if someone woke you up in the middle of the night to ask it, this is a question that any of you working in the n... Read more »



Is there such a thing as an active spectator? ISCA interviews ActiveVoice Project Partner Healthy Stadia

Photo by Eleana Velentza.  “Healthy Stadia are those which promote the health of visitors, fans, players, employees and the surrounding community… places where people can go to have ... Read more »



More than 60,000 students celebrated the European School Sport Day in Spain

A total of 60,194 students in schools across 9 regions participated in the first edition of the European School Sport Day (ESSD) in Spain on 30 September.The number of Spanish educational institutions... Read more »



Full speed ahead for Latin America's MOVE calendar in the coming months

The end of the year will find our Latin America members in their most active season. As winter arrives in Europe, ISCA will be moving people, and inspiring more to move others, in the southern hemisph... Read more »



If you had the power to move people, who would you target?

Youth on the MOVE change-maker Shane O’Donnell tells how the NowWeMOVE programme inspired him to make a difference in Ireland. By Shane O’Donnell, extract from his original blog post ... Read more »



Take action this World Heart Day

Photo: ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign support World Heart Day (photo from FlashMOVE 2016 by Lithuanian Sport University) Today, on World Heart Day (29 September 2016), the World Heart Federation... Read more »



Second European School Sport Day expected to engage 1 million children

Press release The second European School Sport Day® is set to engage more than 1 million school children from at least 17 countries in inclusive physical activity initiatives this Friday, 30 ... Read more »



Czech Sokol Organisation to host workshop on physical education in November

On 11-13 November, ISCA member Czech Sokol Organisation will host interactive workshops to inspire people working in physical education to allow more children and their parents to enjoy being phy... Read more »



ISCA supports World Heart Day

The World Heart Day is on 29 September and ISCA is partnering again with the World Heart Federation to support the day. World Heart Day is the biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascul... Read more »



22 countries were part of first European Fitness Day: How did your country shape up?

Photo: The European Fitness Day was celebrated in the European Week of Sport’s opening ceremony host city, Kosice This year, ISCA and its European Fitness Day partners ukactive, BG BeActive... Read more »



Erasmus+ Sport 2016 grant results in: ISCA awarded project grant and partner in three more successful bids

Photo: ISCA's new project MOVEment spaces will explore how outdoor settings are used for physical activity (Plovidiv city square pictured) ISCA has been awarded a project grant in the latest roun... Read more »



“Then, I got company… People told me it gave them hope”: Forrest Gump-style Journey of Hope ends after 31 days, 7 countries and a string of followers

From paper to reality, the Journey of Hope came to life last month and ended after 2500km and 31 days on the road for our four tour leaders, Feridun Ekmekci, Adnan Cangir, Aysel Atas and Meliha Kaya. ... Read more »



New EU Good Governance pledge relies on ability to “walk the talk”: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Today the European Commission is hosting a day of workshops in Brussels on Good Governance in Sport (current challenges and future scenarios). As part of this, it has proposed a pledge for organisatio... Read more »



ISCA's FlashMOVE and Journey of Hope highlight European Week of Sport kick-off celebrations

ISCA’s #BeActive FlashMOVE raised the curtain of the European Week of Sport opening ceremony today at 11am with local children from Kosice inviting the crowd surrounding the stage to join them i... Read more »



Guess who’s riding the fifth-longest distance during the Journey of Hope? Clue: She’s Slovenian and you may know her well

The International Sport and Culture Association’s Head of Projects, Saska Benedicic Tomat (pictured left), has been having an active month. And that suits her perfectly. But this one has been an... Read more »



It's my job to make cycling easier and safer in Copenhagen: Mayor Pia Allerslev talks to ISCA

The City of Copenhagen's Mayor for Children and Youth, Pia Allerslev, is no stranger to epic bike rides. She has ridden all the way from the Danish capital to Paris twice to support causes that m... Read more »



German physical activity levels have improved significantly in five years

The “Leisure-Monitor”, a regular representative study on leisure activities among Germans, reveals in its latest edition changes in the leisure behaviour of Germans between 2011 and 2016. ... Read more »



Elderly people are living healthier, more active, satisfied and confident lives: New German study

The latest German Longitudinal Survey on Ageing paints a rather positive picture of ageing. The new study follows changes of attitudes and behaviour among population groups in the second half of their... Read more »



ISCA secures Copenhagen Half Marathon as European Week of Sport flagship event

Photo: Copenhagen Half Marathon.  The Copenhagen Half Marathon on 18 September 2016 will be one of the biggest European Week of Sport (EWoS) events in Denmark. ISCA, as a National Coordinating Bo... Read more »



Interview with the World Cycling Alliance steering board member Klaus Bondam: Active transport has enormous potential

Klaus Bondam is a cycling advocate who is making his mark on the active transport sector both in his home country, Denmark, and internationally. He is the Director of the Danish Cyclists' Federation a... Read more »



"They say when I'm on a bike I'm like the Bionic Woman!": How being active gave Aysel Atas the super-power to battle on

For Aysel Atas, the Journey of Hope represents a lifelong journey that has seen her move from Turkey to the Netherlands as a child, be married by the time she was 16 and battle breast cancer at t... Read more »



ISCA interview with Nordea Foundation director Henrik Lehmann Andersen: "Why we are engaging in sports and cycling"

Nordea Foundation Director Henrik Lehmann Andersen at the Journey of Hope opening event in Copenhagen. Photo: Nordea Foundation "Cycling is a perfect way to get more people moving. That's why the... Read more »



Follow the #JourneyOfHope cycling tour on Flickr

Relive the start to the colourful #BeActive Journey of Hope cross-border cycling tour – or catch up on what you missed – with our photo gallery from the first four days of the tour in Denm... Read more »



Danish active transport ambassadors give Journey of Hope a grand send-off

The #BeActive #JourneyofHope team cycled out of Copenhagen yesterday with over 50 recreational cyclists following them in a nod to Forrest Gump’s famous long-distance run. The official start of ... Read more »



European School Sport Day website now live! Registration open

We are happy to announce that the European School Sport Day website is now live and registration is open! The second European School Sport Day will take place on 30 September and any school in Eu... Read more »



The Lancet 2016 report: Do we need more research, surveillance and plans? Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Photo: ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign are moving people with opportunities for action (courtesy Ollerup Academy of PE).  If you get tired of watching the Olympic Games this week, why not read th... Read more »



Press release: Turkish cyclists to embark on Journey of Hope across Europe

Local residents and stakeholders invited to join “Forrest Gump”-style tour promoting physical activity, inclusion and a peaceful future For immediate release "That day, for no pa... Read more »



One month to go until the #BeActive FlashMOVE: ISCA’s flagship event to be live streamed from European Week of Sport opening ceremony

It’s the 10th of August – that means there’s only one month to go until the opening of the European Week of Sport. And that means there are only 31 days until the #BeActive FlashMOVE... Read more »



The grassroots sport sector: An Olympic Games “party killer” or voice of reason?

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby:  I sincerely hope the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be a peaceful event, a great show and a good party for the participants, the Brazilians a... Read more »



ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby comment features in Sport and Citizenship journal The Diplomatic Power of Civil Society

Issue #35 of the Sport and Citizenship journal puts the spotlight on Sport and Diplomacy and features a comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirbeby in both French and English. The 40-page publicatio... Read more »



Cross-sector collaboration is ‘where the gold lies’:

ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby, comments on the EU’s new ‘Grassroots sport – shaping Europe’ report On 29 June, the EU published two new High Level Group reports presentin... Read more »



Copenhagen to host activity and health-enhancing physical environments conference

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation will host a one-day conference on activity- and health-enhancing physical environments in communities and urban ... Read more »



Back to the grassroots: Council of Europe’s needed refocus on sport for all

ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby comments With the adoption of the report “Sport for all: a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion”, the Council of Europe recommends EU&rsq... Read more »



MOVE Week 2016 defies the odds with 2000 events

The first spring edition of the European MOVE Week saw 2000 events taking place across the continent. Despite the challenge of moving the NowWeMOVE campaign’s biggest event of the year from Sept... Read more »



Save the dates! Get ready for the Journey of Hope, FlashMOVE and European Fitness Day

We spent the first half of the year avoiding the elevators and moving all around the continent during MOVE Week. And the summer months will find us working to prepare a cross border cycling tour (Jour... Read more »



PASS project’s new review maps physical activity in Europe

The Physical Activity Serving Society (PASS) project, led by Sport and Citizenship and six partners, including ISCA, has now released the results of its review of physical activity research in Europe.... Read more »



Hungarian You Play programme scaled up through MOVE Transfer

In 2015 with the support of the International Sport and Culture Association (and in the frame of ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme) the Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) issued a Játs... Read more »



Get ready for MOVE Week in Latin America this November!

The fifth edition of the European MOVE Week wrapped up last weekend, and soon it will be time to MOVE Latin America! It is now confirmed that the fourth edition of MOVE Week Brazil (Semana Move Brasil... Read more »



Did you enjoy MOVE Week? Could it have been better?: Survey for MOVE Agents and MOVE Week participants

With over 1850 events registered in 29 countries across Europe, there were plenty of opportunities for Europeans to get active during MOVE Week from 23-29 May. Reports are now coming in from our Natio... Read more »



S2ASport project partners meet in Copenhagen

From Strategy to Action: Supporting the professionalisation of sport organisations through the definition of work-based competences and the development of fit-for purpose training for Sport Administra... Read more »



To MOVE others you have to set a good example: ISCA celebrates MOVE Week

The MOVE Week is one of the most active weeks you can find! Since 2012 it has motivated and inspired people (from young to old) to find the move that moves them. As the coordinating organisation ... Read more »



It’s time for MOVE Week!

It’s time to MOVE! Today is the first day of MOVE Week and 1,516 events are registered to take place in 27 countries across Europe, with the number still climbing. MOVE Week runs from 23-29 May ... Read more »



MOVE Week 2016: One week to go

Between 23 and 29 May 2016, more than one million people from 35 countries around Europe are expected to be join in the 5th edition of MOVE Week, a pan-European event promoting grassroots sport and ph... Read more »



Which option did you choose?

Friday 13 May was No Elevators Day (NED) and throughout Europe celebrated and encouraged all citizens to use the stairs instead of elevators. A simple gesture with immense transformative power. N... Read more »



SportMalta and Maltese Parliament get behind No Elevators Day

Malta’s national sporting body, SportMalta, has got behind No Elevators Day today, closing off elevators in the Parliament of Malta. The Maltese Parliament was not the only national parliament b... Read more »



No time for physical activity?: No Elevators Day highlights an easy way for busy people to get active

Press release - Copenhagen: On 13 May 2016 the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and its local partners will stage their second European No Elevators Day. The day will see organisatio... Read more »



Danish Bike to Work campaign joins forces with MOVE Week

ISCA has entered into a partnership with the Danish Cyclists’ Federation to connect the Bike to Work (Vi cykler til arbejde) campaign with MOVE Week in May. Bike to Work is an initiative that ha... Read more »



SportMalta announces NowWeMOVE scale-up plans

This week, SportMalta announced its plans to scale up NowWeMOVE in Malta at a launch event with interventions by ISCA’s Jacob Schouenborg and Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Yo... Read more »



Three NowWeMOVE events selected to promote European Week of Sport in 2016

ISCA has secured funding from the Erasmus+ Sport programme to stage three NowWeMOVE events dedicated to mobilising the European Week of Sport (EWoS) this year. Two Not-for-Profit Sport Events and... Read more »




On 7 May, the Alice Milliat Association and its EU project partners are inviting participants to join the first inter-European running challenge to raise awareness for women’s sport and physical... Read more »



IMPALA project to host HEPA summer school in Finland

The EU-supported IMPALA project, led by the Institute of Sport Science and Sport at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, is hosting a Summer School for Stakeholders in Finland from 16-20 May 2016. I... Read more »



Call for EVS volunteers: BECOME A EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER IN ISCA IN 2016-2017!

If you wish to live abroad, work in an international environment and gain experience in the field of international youth, sport and culture then this is your opportunity! We are searching for self-mot... Read more »



Have your say about education for grassroots sport administrators: S2A Sport survey

The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a partner of the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment's (EOSE) S2A Sport project on improving skills for sport administration, partic... Read more »



MOVING Age 2016 conference final programme available

The final programme for the second MOVING Age conference, in Trieste, Italy, from 20-22 May is now available. Please download the file below to see the updates and we look forward to seeing you in Tri... Read more »



ISCA wins International and European Association Award for NowWeMOVE campaign

On 11 April at the Associations World Congress in Berlin, ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign won a Special Award in the International and European Association Awards’ “Effective Voice&rd... Read more »



Get ready for No Elevators Day on 13 May 2016 Download everything you need at

With just a few posters, some sealing tape and a good sense of humour you can help your busy colleagues, classmates or fellow citizens put some physical activity into their day and promote the cause i... Read more »



Slow swimming and brain training feature on interactive MOVING Age conference programme

ISCA’s MOVING Age network partners and other organisations with an interest in promoting active and healthy living among elderly people will meet from 20-22 May 2016 in Trieste, Italy, for the s... Read more »



ISCA shortlisted for International and European Association Award

ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign have been shortlisted as one of only three nominees in the International and European Association Awards’ “Effective Voice” category. The awards will ... Read more »



ISCA supports first European Sport for All meeting in France

ISCA member Federation Française Sports pour Tous will stage the first European Sports for All (Sports pour Tous) meeting at Larmor Beach in France from Sunday 17 to Saturday 22 July 2016. Neve... Read more »



Croatia’s biggest fitness event links to NowWeMOVE campaign

Europe must and has to get moving again! That is why Dani ljepote i fitnessa (Beauty and Fitness Days) with Zagrebački velesajam and Orlando Fitness Grupa have joined the NowWeMOVE campaign with Croat... Read more »



NowWeMOVE websites and coverage reached millions in 2015: Get your No Elevators Day and MOVE Week events noticed this May

As the NowWeMOVE campaign continues to expand its year-round calendar of events, its online coverage and reach is rapidly following suit, with over 1.1 million people visiting a NowWeMOVE website and ... Read more »



Good governance matters to all levels of sport!: Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Lack of transparency and responsible management in international sports organisations can have great consequences for sport participation.  Several international sports organisations are demonstr... Read more »



UFOLEP and USEP seek input to shape next European Sports Convention initiatives

The first European Sports Convention took place in Strasbourg from 8 to 10 July 2015 at the initiative of the Ligue de l’enseignement, and its sports federations UFOLEP and USEP. Over 200 p... Read more »



International Workshop for Instructors of Parents and Children calls for presentations

ISCA member the Czech Sokol Organisation is calling for organisations, institutions and individuals to present or participate in its 2016 International Workshop for Instructors of Parents and Children... Read more »



“A good role model for the ladies”: Why Shirin Mehmood was a perfect fit for the This Girl Can campaign

Despite only being one-year-old, the UK’s This Girl Can campaign is already reporting that it is “changing behaviour”. A recent study claims that 2.8 million women who know about the... Read more »



Italian MOVE Transfer initiative sees only ability, not disability

Maria Chiara Pavesi loves spending time in the mountains and helping people. So when the opportunity arose for her coordinate an Italian Sport for All Association (UISP) initiative promoting social in... Read more »



Join us at the second MOVING Age conference

ISCA is pleased to invite you to our second MOVING Age conference in the beautiful city of Trieste,Italy, from 20 - 22 May 2016. The conference will be hosted by Associazione LUNGA VITA ATTIVA,one of ... Read more »



Youth on the MOVE learning platform to be launched in February

The Youth on the MOVE project learning platform for young European and Latin American volunteers in grassroots sport will be officially launched on 17 of February.  Divided into online and offlin... Read more »



BG Be Active cooperates with Human Resources Development Centre

Photo: BG Be Active volunteers in action 2015 was a milestone year for Bulgarian ISCA member BG Be Active, which secured its first large-scale EU grant under the Erasmus+ Sport programme with the... Read more »



ISCA nominated for PR News CSR Award for Corporate-Community Partnership

ISCA has been selected as a finalist in the PR News CSR Awards under the Corporate-Community Partnership category.  The winner will be announced at a luncheon in Washington DC, USA, on 15 March. ... Read more »



NowWeMOVE calendar for 2016 takes shape: MOVE Week springs to May

Building on successful trials of new initiatives in 2015, the NowWeMOVE campaign is expanding its all-year round activity even further in 2016. The campaign, initiated by the International Sport and C... Read more »



Good Governance in Grassroots Sport academics to be published in peer-reviewed journal

Following their involvement in the ISCA Good Governance in Grassroots Sport (GGGS) project, Mark Lowther of Cardiff Metropolitan University along with Simone Digennaro and Antonio Borgogni of the Univ... Read more »



ISCA welcomes 33 new members

The ISCA General Assembly on 5 November 2015 ratified 33 new membership applications and saw ISCA, as an international umbrella association for grassroots sport organisations, surpassing the symbolic ... Read more »



New ISCA project starting in 2016: SportVoice

To achieve significant progress in the implementation of the EU Physical Activity guidelines, civil society organisations need to play a more significant role, particularly as advocates for the guidel... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2015: Stay tuned Moving People!

By ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby  The MOVE Congress 2015 as an event is now over, but it is important to “stay tuned” and benefit from the contacts you made and ideas you came up with... Read more »



GoPA! draws a portrait of physical activity worldwide: Now is the time for advocacy, says ISCA

The Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA!), a council of physical activity researchers, unveiled baseline data cards for 131 countries across the world on 4 December 2015. These cards offer ... Read more »



“We need creative ideas to move kids”: Lazy Town’s Magnus Scheving headlines ISCA session at Creative Business Cup

The Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen from 17-19 November saw budding entrepreneurs from around the world pitching their creations to industry stakeholders who could help them break into the market.... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2015 Highlight: Every Girl Can

A highlight of MOVE Congress 2015 was the “Reaching the hard-to-reach girls and women through effective campaigns and initiatives” topic, which featured the campaign for women taking the U... Read more »



Running: the fastest growing physical activity trend in the world

A workshop discussing new trends in physical activity was held during the second day of MOVE Congress 2015 focusing on the topic “Running across the world – why are recreational runners pa... Read more »



NowWeMOVE campaign shortlisted for European Excellence Award

ISCA has been shortlisted alongside Ericsson, Adidas, Southampton Football Club and Norwegian sportswear brand Kari Traa for a European Excellence Award in the category of Sports and Lifestyle for its... Read more »



Defying the “inferiority complex” in physical activity advocacy

The plenary session of the MOVE Congress 2015 on 6 November aimed to connect the data with the doers in physical activity promotion. In other words, grassroots stakeholders in physical activity are th... Read more »



New faces appointed to ISCA Executive Committee at General Assembly

ISCA has gained 33 new members from Africa, Asia and Europe and four new faces on its Executive Committee following its General Assembly and elections on 5 November. Philippe Manchu from founding... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2015 starts with why, what and how

The MOVE Congress 2015 opened in Copenhagen City Hall tonight with 200 delegates from five continents being welcomed by Copenhagen Mayor of Culture and Leisure, Carl Christian Ebbesen, and three inter... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2015 is just around the corner: What are our participants expecting from the event?

This year the MOVE Congress will be held in Copenhagen from 5-7 November and will gather 250 stakeholders from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Whilst awaiting the sta... Read more »



2015 ISCA Annual Report now available Celebrating 20 years: where are we now – where do we want to go?

At the ISCA General Assembly and MOVE Congress next week, ISCA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. With this occasion we must take stock: Where are we, and where do we want to go? This yea... Read more »



Youth on the MOVE training project calls for participants

ISCA and the partners of our new Youth on the MOVE project are seeking 30 European individuals aged between 18 and 30 with experience and/or interest in working with the promotion of sports and physic... Read more »



How can UNESCO’s revised Charter on physical education and sport become a game-changer?

Photos: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game. In a session dedicated to the revised UNESCO International Charter of Physical Education and Sport, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby called for &lsqu... Read more »



“Veil of ignorance” obscures effective solutions to physical inactivity

Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game. ISCA’s Head of External Relations Marvin Radford, partners from the EU-funded Physical Activity Serving Society (PASS) project (in which ISCA... Read more »



MOVING across the globe with more than 11,500 events in 43 countries in Europe and Latin America

Photo: UISP, Italy. MOVE Week 2015 stretched its wings this year – expanding both in timeframe and in scope.In Europe, MOVE Week extended from 7-30 September to support the European Week of Spor... Read more »




Are you a self-motivated, enthusiastic and energetic young person? Do you wish to experience living abroad, working in an international environment and gain experience in the field of international yo... Read more »



ISCA General Assembly Delegate File available

I am glad to share with you the Delegate File for this year’s ISCA General Assembly, taking place on 5 November in Copenhagen at DGI Byen, just before the MOVE Congress 2015.  Click he... Read more »



28 speakers confirmed for MOVE Congress 2015

Experts in grassroots sport advocacy, fundraising, trends and challenging target groups are ready to meet you in November!Visit the official MOVE Congress 2015 website to see who you can meet in Copen... Read more »



What time is it? It’s time for MOVE Week!

It’s that time of the year – time to get communities around Europe moving and celebrating the continent’s biggest sport and physical activity festival: MOVE Week.This year, MOVE Week... Read more »



ISCA President shares ISCA/CEBR report findings and MOVE Week projections at European Parliament CULT Committee hearing

The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe came to the fore in the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) meeting and workshop on 14 September. Other key to... Read more »



#Liberidimuoversi: The new UISP hashtag that means “free to move”

Free movement and freedom of moving are the first rules for social sport and sport for all. With Europe’s refugee crisis impacting heavily on the people ISCA member UISP strives to include in so... Read more »



Gymnaestrada made the Earth move

Over 21,000 participants from more than 50 different countries gathered in Helsinki for the 15th World Gymnaestrada this July, which was organised by ISCA member the Finnish Gymnastics Federation, the... Read more »



NowWeMOVE and World Heart Day partner again to promote heart-healthy environments

Opportunities to create heart-healthy environments are all around us – at home, at work and at play. And you can discover them for yourself this September by joining in MOVE Week and World Heart... Read more »



WHO Europe to adopt first physical activity strategy Now it’s time for other regions to follow suit

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby Adopt, implement and be an inspiration for other regions – that is my wish for Ministers and high-level representatives from the 53 member countries... Read more »



World Congress on Active Ageing (WCAA) calls for abstracts

The 9th World Congress on Active Ageing will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 28 June-1 July 2016. Hosted by Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), the... Read more »



NowWeMOVE meets Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Today is the opening day for the first European Week of Sport (7-30 September), and ISCA and the NowWeMOVE campaign were present to mark the occasion at Square - Brussels Meeting Centre. With onl... Read more »



Meet the NowWeBike team at the finish line in Brussels

Come and see the team of volunteer cyclists from Turkey finish their journey in Brussels, Belgium, after cycling 47 days, more than 2.700 km., through 14 countries, using 8 different EuroVelo routes, ... Read more »



MOVE Quality 2015/2016 application deadline extended

If you're running a grassroots sport initiative for hard-to-reach populations in Europe and want to improve its quality and reach, you still have a week to apply for the next round of MOVE Quality.&nb... Read more »



French MOVE Agent: “MOVE Week is a great opportunity for us”

Maxime Lethu will be a MOVE Agent for the second year. “Two years ago I organised an introduction to gymnastics during lunch breaks for a commercial centre’s employees. They realised ... Read more »



Be part of the team that is creating change in Europe: Register as a MOVE Agent for MOVE Week 2015

With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has proven to be the biggest annual week in Europe promoting regular participation in sport and physical activity.  MOVE Week is the opportunity for... Read more »



First European School Sport Day to be launched this September

After organising the annual Hungarian School Sport Day for a decade, the Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) has joined forces with 6 partners, including ISCA, to launch the first European School... Read more »



ISCA and partners in Europe and Latin America to offer training for young volunteers

Young people are very active participants in grassroots sport activities countries across the world. However, their active involvement in the organisational aspects of civil society-initiated sports i... Read more »



NowWeMOVE in Latin America

MOVE Week is growing – not just in Europe, but also in Latin America, where at least five countries will stage events between 20 and 27 September this year. MOVE Agents, ranging from nation... Read more »



Registration open for the MOVE Congress 2015

Join us at the MOVE Congress 2015 from 5-7 November in Copenhagen to unlock the potential of physical activity research, discover fresh approaches to grassroots sport activities and facilities, build ... Read more »



Change starts from the bottom up: Become a MOVE Agent and join Europe's biggest physical activity event

In past decades we discovered smoking was one of the biggest threats to public health. Now we know there is even bigger threat - lack of physical activity. About 2/3 of European population do not meet... Read more »



Call for applications for MOVE Quality 2015/2016: It's all about the process!

Are you offering a physical activity initiative for hard-to-reach populations in your community? Do you want to enhance the quality of your initiative but don't know how?Experts in your field are wait... Read more »



ISCA Secretary General features in online debate on physical inactivity: Do governments have a responsibility to keep you fit and healthy?

 The third online debate on physical inactivity in Europe is now published on Debating Europe. Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA Secretary General and Jan Rijpstra, President of the Dutch Royal Society of ... Read more »



NowWeBike Officially Kicks Off in Mugla

On 24 July 2015 NowWeBike, European Cross-Border Cycling Tour has officially started in Mugla, Turkey. The opening ceremony featured traditional Turkish farewell ritual and speeches given by severa... Read more »



MOVE your city on 13 September 2015

Flash Mobs are a great tool to get people together, be active and create a buzz around anything you want to promote. But what are they exactly? No more than spontaneous routines performed in public by... Read more »



NowWeBike cross-border cycling tour starts in Turkey on 24 July

On 24 July, the “NowWeBike” European cross-border cycling tour will kick-off in Muğla, Turkey. A team of four volunteer recreational cyclists (3 men and 1 woman) will cross the borders of ... Read more »



Czech Sokol celebrates the 90th anniversary of its headquarters

ISCA is not the only organisation in our growing network of grassroots sport organisations that is celebrating a milestone this year. The end of May was also a time for festivity for ISCA member the C... Read more »



Founding ISCA Executive Committee member: “Before ISCA, grassroots sport organisations were being marginalised”

As part of ISCA's 20th anniversary interview series, we talk to founding ISCA Executive Committee member Dominique Mifsud about why French organisation UFOLEP joined ISCA and the benefits this brought... Read more »



When risky business reaps health benefits: Expanding fitness programme to include cardio patients a success story for UBAE

ISCA member UBAE (the Union of Recreational and Cultural Sports Activities) in Barcelona, Spain, has been a leading promoter and provider of sport and fitness programmes in Catalonia since the 1980s. ... Read more »



Can we afford the cost of physical inactivity? Cebr's Vicky Pryce features in new debate

The second online debate on physical inactivity in Europe is now published on Debating Europe. The lead author of the new ISCA/Cebr report 'The economic cost of physical inactivity in Europe', Vicky P... Read more »



Inactivity Time Bomb: ISCA challenges the European Parliament

In 2014 ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association) went to European Parliament to ask Members of European Parliament (MEP) to show us their moves. This year they wanted to do even more! T... Read more »



New study shows nearly 46% of Brazilians are inactive

A partnership between ISCA member SESC, the Brazilian Ministry of Sports and six federal unversities (UFRGS, UFRJ, UFG, UFAM, UFS and UFBA) have enabled the development and launch of what is to be th... Read more »



Birmingham City Council transfers its Active Parks initiative to Wroclaw Municipality

In 2013 Birmingham City Council launched a pilot program in partnership with Birmingham Open Spaces Forum called the Active Parks Program. The Active Parks pilot program aimed to show how parks and op... Read more »



SESC São Paulo’s Maria Luiza Souza Dias: “We benefit from being part of ISCA’s international umbrella”

Photo: Roberto Assim/Play the Game.ISCA is always striving to expand its reach and collaboration with organisations across the world, and soon after it was founded in 1995, ISCA established a dynamic ... Read more »



New NowWeMOVE cycling event 'All Routes lead to Brussels' starts this July

A new cross-border cycling event called 'All Routes Lead to Brussels' will see a team of recreational cyclists riding from Mugla, Turkey, to Brussels through 12 European cities from 24 July to 9 Septe... Read more »



ISCA and Cebr launch inactivity report in Brussels

Photo:Witness Images/Terry Roge The International Sport and Culture Association, ISCA, and the Centre for Economic Business Research (Cebr) launched their new report ‘The Economic Cost of Physi... Read more »



EurActiv report series features ISCA’s new inactivity report

The online hub for EU news and policy debates, is publishing a series of reports on Europe’s physical inactivity time bomb this week. The five-day coverage will feature ISCA&rs... Read more »



Let's get Europe moving

By Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President Within a few decades, physical inactivity has become one of the leading risks to European citizens' well-being and a growing challenge for European economies. Bu... Read more »




A new study published today by the Centre for Economics and Business Research has revealed the true cost of Europe’s physical inactivity time bomb. The study, commissioned by the Internatio... Read more »



Missed the first European Panna Tour? See the highlights…

 The first NowWeMOVE European Panna Tour, took at team of street panna football players to the main squares of cities across Europe over 12 days (from 22 May to 2 June) to encourage young people ... Read more »



ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby features in online debate on physical inactivity Have your say at Debating Europe

Is physical inactivity the biggest threat to our health today? ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby offers his perspective on Debating Europe. 25 people have already joined the debate - you can also have you... Read more »



21 countries join in first No Elevators Day

Photo: Belgium's BASE Company took up the challenge.  On 5 June volunteers from 60 cities in 21 countries closed off elevators and escalators in their workplaces and public spaces to promote the ... Read more »



First European No Elevators Day celebrated in 17 countries

Today European citizens in 17 countries will take the stairs instead of the elevator for the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and its local partners' first European No Elevators Day.... Read more »



Be part of the team tackling the physical inactivity crisis in Europe! Call for MOVE Agents for MOVE Week 2015

Last year MOVE Week smashed all records, with 5601 events held in 1147 cities across Europe. With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has become the biggest annual week in Europe promoting ... Read more »



Nine initiatives selected for MOVE Transfer national in 2015/2016

ISCA has selected nine grassroots sport initiatives for hard-to-reach target groups that will be up-scaled or transferred to different communities within the same European country in 2015/2016. These ... Read more »



NowWePanna! Inaugural NowWeMOVE European Panna Tour under way

The very first European Panna Tour kicked off in Denmark last Friday and is now making its way through another eight European countries this week, including Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and its final des... Read more »



Panna football shines at New Moves Street Festival in Copenhagen

Panna is taking off as one of grassroots sport’s most exciting and accessible new trends, combining football, acrobatics and an interactive spectacle. Some of the world’s best street socce... Read more »



ACTIVE Network partnership inspires Romanian mayor to invest in community leisure facilities

ISCA’s ACTIVE Network project brought the Romanian Sport for All Association together with Falticeni municipality to collaborate on new ways to help local citizens in the municipality become mor... Read more »



Jean Camy: ISCA and its members can keep voluntary sector's original vision alive

With the EuroVolNet project, ISCA took a big step into the field of volunteering in grassroots sport. It was such a big step that it was a featured track at the SPORTVISION2012 conference, which gathe... Read more »



Call for applications for MOVE Transfer national 2015/2016 Boost your initiative!

Are you offering a physical activity initiative for hard-to-reach populations in your community?Would you like to transfer it to a new setting in your country?Or would you like to scale up your initia... Read more »



MOVE Week initiative recognised by UK Department of Health

Jane Ellison, the UK’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health at the Department of Health wanted to recognise the unsung local heroes of public health and to honour those peopl... Read more »



Stimulation of physical activity and sport initiatives in Netherlands

Local sport and physical activity providers in the Netherlands have the opportunity to apply for funding for their initiatives through the Dutch government’s new Sport Impuls round in 2015. A to... Read more »



Networking “1-2-3” brings award-winning UK grassroots sport initiative to Kosovo’s doorstep

In May last year, UK-based ISCA member StreetGames met the Independent Organisation for Sport Education in Kosovo (OESK) at a conference in Sweden. Now it is preparing to transfer its award-winning Do... Read more »



MOVE Week-inspired Danish project nominated as European Youth Week best practice

When staff at the Danish youth organisation 4H Danmark received an email from the Danish National Agency for the Erasmus+ programme recently, they didn’t expect the surprise it contained. And it... Read more »



20th anniversary special feature: UFOLEP: “Why we took an active part in ISCA from the beginning”

L'Union française des œuvres laïques d'éducation physique (UFOLEP) is one of the most important sport for all and multisport federations in France. It was established in 1928 ... Read more »



"Mass participation in sport once or twice a week is our aim" Latvia puts focus on grassroots sport in EU conference and own sport policy

Edgars Severs, Deputy State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science. Photos: Latvian Presidency Last month ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby presented at the internationa... Read more »



ISCA moves in the air and all over the world

Last year ISCA bought 372 flights for its member organisations, stakeholders and staff, counting up to 1285 travel days. “In other words, every day of the year on average, two people take a... Read more »



NowWeMOVE National Coordinators share success and inspiration in snowy Sofia

From 6-8 March 2015, 50 participants from 33 different organisations, including 28 National Coordinators representing 32 European countries, met in snow-covered Sofia in Bulgaria to share ideas and em... Read more »



Booming inactivity rate, growing target group – how can you help the elderly MOVE?

Join the debate at the first MOVING Age network conference The expected impact of demographic changes on society has raised the topic of active ageing high on political agendas all over the world... Read more »



MOVE Quality organisations embark on journey of change

Next week four organisations involved in ISCA’s ongoing project MOVE Quality will set out on an exciting journey. The end destination? Back at the helm of their physical activity initiatives for... Read more »




ISCA CALLS FOR APPLICANTS TO BECOME A EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER IN ISCA 2015-2016! This is your opportunity to experience something new, broaden your horizons, discover a different culture and gain expe... Read more »



20th anniversary special feature: Three long-standing members tell how their journey with ISCA began

We announced earlier this month that ISCA is celebrating 20 years of Moving People and working together with grassroots sport organisations around the world that have the same ambition. So what better... Read more »



Registration open for winter sport for all festival in Serbia

ISCA member Association Sport for All Serbia is ready to host its 23rd Ski Fest on the Kopaonik mountain range in central Serbia on 18-22 March 2015. The programme features competitions for age groups... Read more »



Local youth shape the physical activity programme in Scotland

The Edge, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s MOVE Transfer initiative, was officially launched on 8 February at Forth Sports and Community Centre in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The project... Read more »



ISCA celebrates 20 years of Moving People

 “It was 20 years ago today…” On this day 20 years ago, representatives of 15 national Sport for All organisations established the INTERNATIONAL SPORT & CULTURE ASSOCIATION... Read more »



Sports Union of Slovenia recognised nationally for MOVE Transfer initiative

ISCA member, the Sports Union of Slovenia (SUS) has gained support from the Slovenian Ministries of Sport and Education to expand its interdisciplinary exercise programme, ABC, to six new cities in Sl... Read more »



Don’t act against the evidence: Inactivity kills more than obesity!

By Mogens Kirkeby, ISCA President This month, researchers from Cambridge University published research showing that Inactivity kills more than obesity. Much more in fact! The study followed ... Read more »



NETFIT® fitness assessment system introduced in Hungarian schools

On 5 January 2015, all public schools in Hungary started to use the NETFIT® (Hungarian National Student Fitness Test) fitness assessment in an ascending system from 5th grade upwards. ISCA member,... Read more »



Hungarian School Sport Federation awarded two-year EU grant to examine the quality of physical education in Europe

New ISCA member the Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) has been rewarded with a grant of €297,000 by the EU within the frame its Erasmus+ Sport Programme.  HSSF will lead a consortium ... Read more »



MOVE Transfer partners to roll out initiatives internationally

Four successful grassroots sport initiatives will roll out to brand new countries this year through ISCA’s MOVE Transfer International process.  Two of the UK’s most acclaimed sport f... Read more »



The story behind Estonia’s MOVE Week success in 2014

In 2013 Estonia took part in MOVE Week for the first time, with 23 events. In 2014 the number increased to 163 with as many as 17,000 participants. What was behind this boost in numbers? Tiina Ki... Read more »



MOVE Week in Belgium shows that employee activation works

How can you make your organisations and companies more physically active and increase your employees’ productivity? You don’t need a huge budget to do something beneficial for your employe... Read more »



MOVE Week 2014 through the eyes of Ollerup International Academy of Physical Education

Some time has passed since MOVE Week 2014, but if you were involved, we are sure you will remember many great moments from the event. The last week of September was full of fun, energy and engagement.... Read more »



MOVE Week Endomondo Challenge and Show Your MOVE winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of the MOVE Week Endomondo Challenge and Show Your MOVE Facebook competitions. Well done to Mike Henley from the UK who won this year’s Endomondo Challenge ... Read more »



Season's Greetings from the ISCA team!

How high can we jump together in 2015? Read more »



ISCA and its network secure seven Erasmus+ projects and MOVE Week funding

ISCA, its members and partners have been awarded seven project grants in the recent round of the EU’s new Erasmus+ Sport funding programme. The 2015 edition of MOVE Week, the flagship event of t... Read more »



NowWeMOVE campaign presented at World Intelligent Cities Summit

 City leaders, government officials, academics, urban service providers, NGOs and urban development experts gathered at 3rd Annual World Intelligent Cities Summit on 10-11 December in Istanbul, T... Read more »



Four secrets to scaling up your grassroots sport initiative

Best practice example from the Hungarian School Sport Federation, MOVE Transfer partner. The Hungarian School Sport Federation scaled up its nation-wide School Sports Day through ISCA’s MOV... Read more »



When physical activity prevents falls among elderly people : A study by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)

Falls are a frequent occurrence which can have multiple and serious consequences among the elderly. In France, falls represented 90% of domestic accidents among people over 75 years in 2009. Most of t... Read more »



Member of the month: International Wheelchair Cricket Association (IWCA) – Karachi, Pakistan

 New ISCA member the International Wheelchair Cricket Association (IWCA), based in Pakistan (Karachi), hosted a 4-day training camp at the end of November, gathering a group of wheelchair cricket... Read more »



Mkombozi: safe haven for children living on the streets reveals their sports and creative potential

Mkombozi is an organisation operating in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions of northern Tanzania which works with street children and those at risk of migrating to the street. It recognises and supports t... Read more »



MOVE Handbook available now: Promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups is everybody’s business

Do you believe that physical activity is for everybody? Do you think that sport for all organisations have an important role to play in reaching and engaging socially disadvantaged groups in physical ... Read more »



MOVING AGE: Networking for constructive partnerships in active ageing

The expected impact of demographic changes on society has pushed the topic of ageing high on the political agenda all over the world. Despite the overwhelmingly positive evidence of the benefits of ph... Read more »



ISCA members test their governance at General Assembly

ISCA’s Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self-Assessment Tool was given a workout prior to the ISCA General Assembly in Rome in October, where ISCA members assessed their governance at a works... Read more »



ISCA Annual Report 2014 Now Available!

2014 was the year that saw a politician riding a bike in European Parliament, 152 cities getting involved in Brazil’s biggest grassroots sport campaign and nearly 1 million people across Europe ... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2014 Open Market

The Open Market took place outside the MOVE Congress venues in the so-called Matattoio, a former cattle shed, and offered several physical activities and poster presentations.The participants could tr... Read more »



Notes and quotes from MOVE Congress 2014 Workshop 3: Innovative approaches to mobilisation

 At Workshop 3 dedicated to Innovative Approaches to Mobilisation, Kerry McDonald presented StreetGames, a sports charity that focuses on giving physical activity and volunteering opportunities t... Read more »



Notes and quotes from MOVE Congress 2014 Workshop 2: What are the barriers cities have that inhibit physical activity?

Piara Powar, Director of FARE Network, UK The first speaker of the workshop focusing on cities’ roles in encouraging social inclusion through sport and physical activity, Piara Powar, talke... Read more »



Notes and quotes from MOVE Congress 2014 Workshop 1: How can school children become more active?

 Niamh Murphy, from Waterford Institute of Technology, Health Behaviour Research Department, Ireland led the keenly anticipated workshop on programmes that have been successful in getting school ... Read more »



Putting theory into practice

 After two successful days with fruitful talks and knowledge sharing from experts in several fields of interest for MOVE Congress 2014, Friday was the day to put the theory into practice. To... Read more »



Notes and quotes from MOVE Congress 2014 Workshop 4: Active ageing

 The fourth and final workshop of the MOVE Congress 2014, Active Ageing, delivered its promise of offering tools and advice to deliver effective physical activity initiatives for seniors. Miriam ... Read more »



Using song and music as an energiser at a congress

During MOVE Congress 2014, the participants made music! Everyone was surprised in the good way, opened to movement and music, going with the “rhythm”. On how this was possible, the congres... Read more »



Post-congress statements from Mogens Kirkeby and Vicenzo Manco

Presidents of both ISCA and UISP, the organisations responsible for organising the MOVE Congress 2014, gave their post-congress statements, highlighting the conclusions of a successful event, the less... Read more »



Interview with MOVE in a Click winner Greta Vaisėtaitė

 This year the MOVE Congress held a photo contest for the first time called MOVE in a Click, inviting people worldwide to enter images that said something about physical activity to them. The win... Read more »



Friday afternoon was something else

 The project I’d like to see in my cityAn innovative initiative introduced by Sean Blair, the convenor of the MOVE Congress 2014 from Pro Meet UK, was the Open Space workshop. What is that,... Read more »



Three speakers, three areas of action highlighted at MOVE Congress 2014 closing

 It had been less than 48 hours since experts from Italy and abroad sat on the MOVE Congress 2014 stage to start the discussion on open and active cities. In the meantime, 36 speakers and moderat... Read more »



An open and active city does not materialise by itself

Cities cannot become open and active spaces by themselves. And citizens are unlikely to spontaneously use their cities as outdoor gyms, walking or cycle paths unless they have the right conditions to ... Read more »



Urban planning – Cities without barriers

The moderator of the parallel session 1 on Thursday of the MOVE Congress 2014, René Kural, from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, introduced the topic of urban planning with a humorous twi... Read more »



A grand arrival for MOVE Congress “urban orienteers”

In a MOVE Congress first, two groups of delegates set off to discover Rome in an “urban orienteering” session after the formal sessions wound to a close on 23 October.  They were guid... Read more »



Breaking barriers to healthier lifestyles

On the first full day of the MOVE Congress 2014, the participants heard good examples of how better nutrition and physical education can lead to a healthier lifestyle, from very experienced speakers, ... Read more »



Creating active urban spaces could help move 60% of the world by 2030

A city is not just a place to work, shop and commute. In fact, a city is not just a city – it is an urban space. And it is a space that can be crafted, rethought, reshaped and used as a setting ... Read more »



Kick-off meeting for European Platform Active Ageing in Sport (EPAAS)

Prior to the opening of the MOVE Congress 2014, a kick-off meeting that launched the “European Platform Active Ageing in Sport” (EPAAS) took place, moderated by Herbert Hartmann, ISCA Vice... Read more »



ISCA General Assembly Delegate File available

I am glad to share with all ISCA members the Delegate File for this year’s ISCA General Assembly, taking place 25 October in Rome, just after the MOVE Congress 2014. You can download the PD... Read more »



European MOVE Week broke all records

The 2014 pan-European MOVE Week, from 29 September to 5 October, more than tripled the number of events compared to last year. Funding from the EU and a broad-reaching partnership with Coca-Cola Europ... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2014 is going LIVE

Can’t make it to MOVE Congress 2014, but wildly interested in our Open City – Active City theme? You can still be part of the MOVE Congress in Rome, as we have come up with a solution... Read more »



Sport and Citizenship promotes MOVE Congress

Photo: Sport and Citizenship The European think tank Sport and Citizenship promoted the MOVE Congress 2014 in the 28th issue of its journal. This issue contains a special section dedicated t... Read more »



ISCA found some new MOVEs during MOVE Week

As the organisers of MOVE Week, we just couldn’t sit still; we wanted to be part of our own event, so we moved and jumped and tried new activities. It was a team effort every day of the wee... Read more »



Too old for physical activity? Never!

There is never the right time to stop being physically active and never too late to start. Moving, keeps your body healthy and your mind sharp. By choosing to play with your grandchildren, this i... Read more »



Find your dance !

Have you ever thought of breaking your routine and trying something new? What about dancing?As any other form on physical activity, dancing can help you among others, to stay in shape, improve your mo... Read more »



National Danish Performance Team starts World Tour

After seven months of preparation National Danish Performance Team is ready for a six-month long World Tour of 12 countries, presenting 125 shows and 160 workshops. South Korea, Indonesia, Argent... Read more »



Czech Sokol Organisation hosts International Workshop for Instructors of Parents and Children

Children are the future of our communities, so we have to take care of them by contributing to their quality of life. ISCA member Czech Sokol Organisation is doing just that by organising the Internat... Read more »



MOVE Week 2014 has begun! More events across Europe than ever before

The third edition of MOVE Week starts today (29 September-5 October) and more than three times the number of MOVE Agents as last year (from 600 to 1892) are set to showcase almost triple the number ev... Read more »



MOVE Week goes to the European Parliament

 Last week a team of ISCA MOVE Agents went to Brussels to promote physical activity and grassroots sport to Members of the European Parliament. It wasn’t just all talk. The ISCA team went a... Read more »



Coca-Cola Europe rethinks the workplace as an “active work space”

Photos courtesy of Coca-Cola. Sealed elevators and Coca-Cola’s London office participating in a morning of activities led by Coca-Cola active lifestyles partner and ISCA member StreetGames in Oc... Read more »



One week to go and we’ve done it! 2000 events registered for MOVE Week 2014

MOVE Week 2014 starts in exactly one week from now and we are proud to announce that we have reached our goal of 2000 events registered all over Europe. But there’s no reason to stop there!... Read more »



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&rsqu... Read more »



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 transf... Read more »



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 M... Read more »



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 th... Read more »



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 MO... Read more »



Countdown to MOVE Week 2014 – 4 weeks to go

With only four weeks until Europe’s biggest community sport event starts on 29 September, the countdown to MOVE Week 2014 is rapidly gaining momentum. Over 300 MOVE Week events in 28 European co... Read more »



French Ministry of Sport places MOVE Week under its patronage

France’s MOVE Week preparations have received a valuable boost of support from the French Ministry of Sport, which has announced it will place MOVE Week 2014 under its patronage. Despite a ... Read more »



NowWeMOVE Blog now online!

We are happy to announce the launch of the NowWeMOVE Blog, which will keep you up-to-date with the latest news from the NowWeMOVE Campaign, including the countdown to MOVE Week 2014 (29 September-5 Oc... Read more »



Up close with the experts: MOVE Congress workshops bring bright minds together

Dr. Jayne Greenberg made her popular debut as a keynote speaker at the MOVE Congress 2013, sharing valuable insights from her role as a member of the US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports an... Read more »



MOVE Week 2014 Flash Mob: Join in and MOVE your city this September

Flash Mobs are a great tool to get people together, be active and create a buzz around anything you want to promote. But what are they exactly? No more than spontaneous routines performed in public by... Read more »



Free MOVE Congress 2014 registration: Submit a photo for your chance to win!

The MOVE Congress 2014 organisers are giving you the chance to be rewarded for your creativity and win free registration for this year’s event in Rome from 22-25 October. All you have to do is s... Read more »



Registration open for international junior badminton tournament in Denmark

DGI Badminton invites junior badminton players from Germany, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Denmark to register for its annual LBS Tournament, which will be ... Read more »



UK community walks from “earth to moon” during Beat the Street 2014

Following a successful pilot of the Beat the Street walk to school initiative in the Caversham area of North Reading, UK, in 2013, local clinical commissioning groups for Reading rolled the project ou... Read more »



ACTIVE Network project releases final recommendations

The ACTIVE Network project’s partners have now released their recommendations for partnerships between grassroots sport organisations and local authorities, which were finalised at the EU-suppor... Read more »



Despite mega-event fever, more than 50% inactive in Brazil: Move Brasil uses big occasions, data and partnerships to drive 2014 campaign

After hosting the first of two major sporting events it has been awarded this decade, Brazil has come well and truly under the global spotlight – or “sportlight” – in 2014. But... Read more »



Contribute to the MOVE Congress 2014 in Rome!: Open Market Fair – Call for presentations

The MOVE Congress 2014 is eager to know more about your experiences, activities or your research-based studies. It is our pleasure to invite you to submit presentation for the MOVE Congress 2014.... Read more »



Welcome to the MOVE Congress 2014: Open city – Active city

This year one of Europe’s oldest, most populated and most visited cities will provide a fitting backdrop for the MOVE Congress 2014 and its theme Open city – Active city. From 22 to 25 Oct... Read more »



Romanian Federation Sport for All ready for MOVE Week 2014

MOVE Week 2014’s National Coordinators gathered in Birmingham this June for the official MOVE Week kick-off meeting. ISCA’s Roxana Chiriac took the opportunity to talk to Mihai Androhovici... Read more »



“Our product is physical activity”: EU Commissioner and industry experts on the corporate power of physical activity at ISCA debate

Photo: Hill+Knowlton. "We are very different from the corporate sector, but we think this diversity gives us food for thought.” With these words, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby set the scene... Read more »



Key stakeholders in English grassroots sport applaud ACTIVE Network project at closing

The Council House of the Birmingham City Council was a stunning backdrop for the closing of the ACTIVE Network project on 12 June. For the past 18 months, the EU-supported ACTIVE Network project has f... Read more »



Stage your own MOVE Week event in 2014: Call for MOVE Agents

Last year’s MOVE Week exceeded all expectations because our MOVE Agents did such an amazing job! Its success was also financially rewarded this June with the EU announcing that MOVE Week 2014 wi... Read more »



Ideas for a better Europe? MOVE more!

Many of Europe’s youth are not aware how much of a problem physical inactivity is. Two of ISCA’s Youth Officers, Valentin Dupouey and Karlijn Kooke, were surprised by their discovery when ... Read more »



Experts discuss grassroots sport’s most valuable partnership at ACTIVE Network public hearing

The most valuable partnership for participation in sport and physical activity in many parts of the world is the partnership between local authorities and sport organisations. This partnership is an e... Read more »



First initiatives selected for MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer

ISCA’s most recent initiatives, MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer, are now under way with 24 sport and physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations across Europe chosen to take part ... Read more »



Get ready for MOVE Week 2014!

98% of MOVE Agents who organised events for MOVE Week 2013 said they would take part in MOVE Week 2014. Will you? If you want to be part of Europe’s biggest grassroots sport event from 29 Septem... Read more »



German Gymnastics Federation closes ActiveAge project with launch of new resources

Sports organisations should be ready to serve a new target group of inactive older people which is growing in size all over Europe. That is why ISCA member German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) used the ... Read more »



The ACTIVE Network project invites you to the Closing Conference: The most valuable partnership - Local authorities and sport organisations

What are the trends, opportunities and challenges? Birmingham, UK 12.6. – 14.6.2014 The Conference will give time and space for further discussion between ACTIVE Network partners and other ... Read more »



Ask your national candidates for the European Parliament about their opinion

In many countries it is common to ask the candidates for elections about their opinions and political agendas. We suggest you ask your national candidates for the upcoming Election to the European Par... Read more »



Application deadline extended for MOVE Quality and MOVE Transfer

This May, ISCA will select 20 initiatives to go through the MOVE Quality process and 5 initiatives to go through the national MOVE Transfer process in 2014/2015. The application deadline has been... Read more »



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 nomine... Read more »



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 recreat... Read more »



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 Sierr... Read more »



New ISCA member takes innovative approach to gymnastics in Mauritius

Photo courtesy of Sly Ninjas Gymnastics Club  Gymnastics is generally underdeveloped in Mauritius and the Sly Ninjas Gymnastics (SNG) Club, led by the Lutchmun brothers, Bhrij and Sarvesh, is lea... Read more »



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, accordin... Read more »



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 a... Read more »



Manifesto on Sport in Future EUROPE: By ISCA EUROPE 2014

Click on the link above to download the full document in Word format. Summary: Turning European citizens into Moving People Sport will contribute to finding solutions to Europe’s futur... Read more »



German Gymnastics Federation launches two new projects

ISCA member the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) has embarked on two new cross-sector health-enhancing physical activity projects. The first, “Sure-footed through life” will match DTB&rs... Read more »



Discovering fitness as key to improving youths’ prospects

Being “fit for life” might sound like a figurative expression, but Street League in the UK has discovered though the MOVE project that it is literally an advantage to be physically fit to ... Read more »



Putting innovative activities on the National Plan

With an effective concept that has proven to be transferrable to other target groups and an advocacy strategy that is leaving a strong imprint on Romanian national policy, the Interethnic Cup Bukovina... Read more »



MOVE pilot project helps to expand DGI street soccer scope

Wintertime in Denmark can be a long, dark, cold period which doesn’t really lend itself to outdoor sporting activities. DGI Underground saw this “winter gap” as a problematic time fo... Read more »



Twofold strategy reaps twice the benefits

The Netherlands Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (NISB) approached its MOVE pilot project with a twofold strategy. First, it wanted to open up a sport traditionally seen as being for wealthy ... Read more »



First a step back – and then charge forward: Capacity building essential before initiatives are ready to launch

When the MOVE Associate and Collaborating Partners embarked on this project, they knew that more action was needed to engage socially disadvantaged groups in sport and physical activity. They knew tha... Read more »



Support creates an active space for “neglected” part of Birmingham community

The MOVE project has opened the door for a group of women in England, who would normally shy away from physical activity, to be part of a public recreational setting. The boost of funding the Aston Sp... Read more »



MOVE project special feature article series

ISCA's EU-supported MOVE project has aimed to identify, qualify and implement cross-cutting community initiatives promoting health-enhancing physical activity among disadvantaged groups. As ... Read more »



MOVE project puts Portuguese football programme back on track

A Portuguese NGO helping give to socially vulnerable groups a new start in their communities, Associação CAIS, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Its street football programm... Read more »



ACTIVE Network events on the way in spring 2014

The ACTIVE Network project has identified partnerships between municipalities and sport organisations to be of such critical value – and yet often very challenging and demanding – that it ... Read more »



International experts debate physical activity motivation

Health experts China, Scotland and the US agree that our motivation to be physically active could be the secret to tackling “the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century” and st... Read more »



£6 million funding boost for StreetGames’ Doorstep Sport Clubs Interview with Jane Ashworth, StreetGames CEO

ISCA member StreetGames in the UK announced an injection of £6 million in funding from Sport England for its doorstep sport programme this January, which is expected to increase the number of Do... Read more »



MOVE Week 2013 reached millions through targeted media efforts

The multimedia coverage figures from MOVE Week 2013 are now compiled and they are very impressive. Using multiple media channels and increasing the frequency of communication around MOVE Week resulted... Read more »



The sport industry – driven by couch potatoes or moving people?

Opinion from ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby  The sport sector is the driving force for the industry around it. Or is it the other way around – is the sport industry the driving force of... Read more »



“Associative spirit” the key to grassroots sport’s future Interview with Jean Camy, University of Lyon

Do we need to introduce Jean Camy? As a well-known contributor to ISCA projects and the MOVE Congress, he is a familiar face to the grassroots sport community. But if his name doesn’t ring a bel... Read more »



$20 million per participant - is that a decent level for an Olympic event?

Opinion from ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby In a few weeks a couple of thousand athletes will gather at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The cost of this event seems to have hit a new record of ... Read more »



Back to school in Australia – but how will they get there?

Photo AFP: Saeed Khan. Australian children are getting ready to go back to school after their summer holidays – and more than half of those in primary school will arrive there in their pare... Read more »



ISCA to cooperate with education service in Colombia

ISCA and Colombia’s National Service of Learning (SENA) have signed an agreement to work together on a series of topics in the future. The agreement will pave the way for transfers of knowledge ... Read more »



The Pandemic of Physical Inactivity did not find its cure in 2013

It has been well known for years that physical inactivity is a serious threat to public health globally. As the fourth leading death cause and with serious impact on the leading death cause (cardio va... Read more »



Tapping into what people actually want to do Interview with Paul Downward

The primary challenge to our sector is to find ways to trigger citizens to be physically active and pinpoint the obstacles that make living an active lifestyle difficult. The pan-European survey, the ... Read more »



Spolint in Slovenia looks at its own Changes, Opportunities and Innovations after the MOVE Congress

October and November have been intense months for the Institute Spolint ( In the spirit of opportunities, innovation and changes affirmed at the MOVE Congress, the Institute has been ... Read more »



ACTIVE Network calls for good partnership examples

ISCA and it partners in the ACTIVE Network project are currently putting together the ACTIVE Network Collection of Good Examples, which recognises outstanding partnerships between municipalities and s... Read more »



Post-MOVE Congress Interview Series: Veronica Reynolds, Intelligent Health (UK)

To Intelligent Health in England, walking is not just an easy and highly accessible form of physical activity – it is a “real-life game”. Why? Because that’s what they have tur... Read more »



eLearning Fitness Project closes with eye on future

The eLearning Fitness (eLF) Project, led by the University of Rome La Sapienza and Federazione Italiana Aerobica e Fitness (FIAF), is drawing to a close at the end of December, but its eLearning platf... Read more »



Making the most of opportunities: Harnessing the potential of youth – and the MOVE Congress

Young people comprise one of the most engaged groups in grassroots sport. At the same time, they are some of the most underestimated contributors to grassroots sport organisations. John Downes and Jam... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2013 vision: Opportunities and innovation await in our dynamic sector

“Innovation can be a very powerful engine for growth, but only if it follows a clear vision and mission. Innovation is not just to innovate, to create something new. You innovate because you hav... Read more »



Interview with Yves le Lostecque, Head of the EU Sport Unit

On the eve of the new Erasmus+ programme... The European Parliament is set to adopt its new Erasmus+ programme for sport, education, training and youth in 2014-2020, which will encompass seven pr... Read more »



Post-MOVE Congress interview series: Stefanie Burkert, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

Stefanie Burkert, Project Manager at the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), was a late replacement for the organisation’s Secretary General Robbert de Kock at the MOVE Cong... Read more »



"This sector has something to offer": MOVE Congress 2013 dances to a close

The MOVE Congress 2013 delegates, organisers and volunteers danced this year’s event to a close to the vibrant flamenco rhythm celebrating the host city and movement. The finale echoed ISCA Pres... Read more »



"Don't forget about the elderly people!" Active Aging experts: why it’s so important to keep a growing part of the population active

Eight percent of the world’s population is over 65 years of age – and this figure is expected to rise to 13 percent by 2030. The MOVE Congress 2013 highlighted how important it is for the ... Read more »



Promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups: It's everybody's business - also yours!

Social inclusion and the MOVE Project were prominent themes at the MOVE Congress 2013. With the overall theme looking at innovation, opportunities and changing approaches to tackling the physical inac... Read more »



Public-private partnerships open new doors: Sports organisations and municipalities see advantages in joining forces

Public-private partnerships in sport and physical activity open the door to opportunities to carry out initiatives that cannot run on public or private funds alone. That was the key message representa... Read more »



Interview with Wouter Vermeulen, Coca-Cola Europe

The first morning session of the MOVE Congress featured corporate stakeholders in sport and physical activity promotion, Coca-Cola Europe (Wouter Vermeulen), the World Federation of the Sporting Goods... Read more »



Cross-sector policies and physical activity promotion: Working together delivers the best campaign results

This year, the world famous Medical Journal, ‘The Lancet’, published a series of articles on the physical inactivity epidemic. During the MOVE Congress 2013, the Council of Fitness, Sports... Read more »



Establishing good governance practices in our sector: We have a small window of opportunity - it's time to take it!

Following the conclusion of the two-year Good Governance in Grassroots Sport project led by ISCA, three of the project’s experts, Darren Bailey from the EU Expert Group on Good Governance in Spo... Read more »



We need ambitious visions for increasing physical activity

by Mogens Kirkeby  We know the challenge. We know that multi-sector approach and commitments are needed to create motivation for change and impact. We have to act upon this challenge and kno... Read more »



FC Barcelona Hero: "Don't imitate us, enjoy the game!"

Motivating children to be physically active is not about inspiring them to imitate their heroes, it’s about letting them find the sport and physical activity offers that they want to participate... Read more »



276 grassroots sports experts move at Congress opening

The City of Barcelona, UBAE, eurofitness, CESS and ISCA have welcomed 276 grassroots sports organisations from over 40 countries to the MOVE Congress 2013. With so many stakeholders in the sector gath... Read more »



ISCA Annual Report 2013 Now Available

2013 has seen new paths open up for ISCA and its partners to get more people active. We believe that challenges should be turned into opportunities in order to give the best impulse to get society mov... Read more »




An international network of speakers and delegates from a range of sectors will meet with a key common interest: to find innovative ways of engaging people in physical activity and grassroots sport wo... Read more »



MOVE Week press releases available

Around 250,000 puffing and sweating Europeans will celebrate Europe’s biggest sport and physical activity event in the first week of October. A European organisation based in Denmark is leading ... Read more »



MOVE Week backed by EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

MOVE Week starts in one week! And the event wouldn't be able to reach as far and wide as it is this year (almost 700 events so far) without the European Commission and European Parliament's support. I... Read more »



One month to go – who would you like to meet? Interview with Günther Grohall

The final session on Day 2 at the MOVE Congress 2013 will feature a range of experts presnting their ideas on the theme ‘Social Economy of Sport: Sport’s impact on the economy’.... Read more »




ISCA started its NowWeMove Campaign with a vision to get 100 million more Europeans involved in sport and physical activity by 2020. Now Europe’s biggest community sport campaign is inspiring co... Read more »



The UN’s new International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

On the 23rd of August the United Nations General Assembly declared that the 6th of April will now be known as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The announcement, delivered... Read more »



New German study on volunteering in youth sport released

Germany’s Humboldt University, Youth Sport Association (Deutschen Sportjugend) and Federal Institute of Sport Science have released a new study on youth engagement and volunteering in German you... Read more »



Sportanddev’s 10th anniversary highlights successful action in sport development

There might be some question marks over what the UN’s new International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will mean for sport development. But there is little doubt that an initiative it he... Read more »



ISCA and European Cyclists’ Federation welcome EU health initiative

ISCA and its NowWeMove Campaign partner the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) welcomed the European Commission’s adoption of a new initiative promoting health-enhancing physical activity... Read more »



GGGS Self Assessment tool

ISCA’s Good Governance for Grassroots Sport (GGGS) Self Assessment Tool is now available for sports organisations to access online. The tool is an interactive, sports specific resource that is d... Read more »



Sport England report: grassroots sport a valuable asset to the economy

Grassroots sport is a financial powerhouse to be reckoned with – and in July Sport England unveiled some equally powerful figures to back this claim. Sport England’s new report &lsquo... Read more »



Training of Trainers final step in France

ISCA’s Training of Trainers for Education through Sport programme came to a close with its third and final Step in Gracay, France, from 22-28 July. The Training of Trainers programme has signifi... Read more »



MOVE Week National Coordinator in focus Agnieszka Garbacik

Poland’s preparations for MOVE Week from October 7-13 are well under way and Angieszka Garbacik is the person behind the ever-growing effort to get more people in her country active. Agnies... Read more »



Volunteering rates on the rise in France

A new report published by France Bénévolat (France Volunteerism) in conjunction with research agency Ifop and with support from Credit Mutuel has noted a marked increase in volunteering ... Read more »



Maltese Parliamentary Secretariat unveils plans for MOVE Week 2013

Malta is the latest European country to announce it will take part in MOVE Week from 7-13 October 2013. The Maltese Parliamentary Secretariat for Research, Innovation Youth and Sport joined forces wit... Read more »




The focus of the international training course "Lords of Health" was placed on providing participants with knowledge, ideas, tools and methodologies to assist them in helping and educating their group... Read more »



Interview with one of the ACTIVE Network project partners

ISCA and its ACTIVE Network project partners used this idea to guide a discussion on their project’s vision and objectives, to find common path for developing the project and to share knowledge ... Read more »



UISP’s Mondiali Antirazzisti 2013 combines sport, peace and 8000 participants

The 17th annual Mondiali Antirazzisti festival, organised by UISP, one of ISCA’s members, took place between 3-7 July and brought over 200 teams and around 8000 participants together in Castelfr... Read more »



MOVE Congress 2013 Speakers answer a special question

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Innovative methods for the MOVE Congress 2013 session

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ACTIVE Network Study Tour on Sport Facility Management at the MOVE Congress 2013

A number of grassroots sport organisations are managing facilities in the field of sport, culture and tourism. They are managing facilities and operating in the same field as, although with non-profit... Read more »



ACTIVE Network project holds first Multilateral Exchange in Bucharest

Five ACTIVE Network project partners and five additional sport organisations and municipalities met in Bucharest, Romania, for the project’s first Multilateral Exchange on 14-16 June. &lsqu... Read more »



ISCA presents at the Official Conference for the European Week Against Cancer 2013

ISCA project manager Hanne Müller presented ISCA’s work to promote physical activity at the Official Conference for the European Week Against Cancer 2013 The conference was hosted by t... Read more »



New Danish research centre to explore potential of physical activity as treatment for non-communicable diseases

Danish foundation TrygFonden has pledged DKK 40 million towards establishing a new research centre called ‘Center for Aktiv Sundhed’ (Centre for Active Health). The Centre will be located ... Read more »



What do the UN and IOC bring to the table when it comes to sport and development?

The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee are two very different organisations. The United Nations is an international organisation of 193 member states which aims to maintain in... Read more »



PACO III – Pan American Conference on Obesity

By Lideke Middelbeek Hundreds of health professionals, legislators and administrators from health NGOs and 32 ministers of health or their representatives gathered at the third Pan American Confe... Read more »



MOVE Week 2013 kicks off across Europe

MOVE Week organisers finish a tour around Europe bringing existing partners, members and new “friends” of the NowWeMove Campaign together to prepare for MOVE Week 2013  The final... Read more »



ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby turns 50

ISCA celebrates its President’s 50th birthday and recognises the man who gave its organisation a boost with his international outlook and political drive.  Only a few have succeeded in... Read more »




ISCA urges members to lobby ministers and promote a cross-sector, integrated approach to physical education and sportOn 28-30 May 2013, ministers and senior officials responsible for physical educatio... Read more »



YesWeRun training programme kicks off in Denmark

The Long Term International Project Management training programme – YesWeRun – kicked off the first of three steps in Tisvildeleje, Denmark, from 15-21 April. The training programme gather... Read more »




Castellón County Council and sport organisation MIM Marató i Mitja in Spain (both ACTIVE Network project partners) have established an effective partnership which was rewarded in May wit... Read more »




Marije van Montfoort, Director of Consult Actief This month ISCA interviewed Marije van Montfoort, one of the Directors of the Dutch consultancy Consult Actief, to find out more about the program... Read more »



Social Entrepreneurship Training for Youth Leaders

Up to 24 budding entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 years old will take part in ISCA’s “Social Entrepreneurship Training for Youth Leaders” course in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from 17-23 ... Read more »



Interview with Pál Szekeres

ISCA speaks to Pál Szekeres, Hungarian Deputy State Secretary of Sports, about physical education reform in HungaryAcross the world physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles are threatening ... Read more »



ISCA Opinion on MINEPS V

ISCA’s recommendation to the International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V) to take place in Berlin on 28-30 May 2013. It... Read more »



ACTIVE Network Multilateral Exchange Bucharest, Romania, 14-16 June 2013

ISCA’s ACTIVE Network project was launched in February 2013 and the first of its five multilateral exchanges will be hosted by the Romanian Sport for All Association in Bucharest on 14-16 June 2... Read more »







ACTIVE Age - 2013 DTB Preparatory Action in Sport Project

 DTB - Deutscher Turner-Bund has developed, and ISCA is a partner of, the “ActiveAge” project: a transnational project that fosters the exchange of knowledge and experience to counter... Read more »



Review of the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunisia

 What is the World Social Forum?The World Social Forum is an open space – plural, diverse, non-governmental and non-partisan – that stimulates decentralized debate, reflection, propos... Read more »




We invited Siu Yin Cheung, ISCA Executive Committee Member and Chairwoman ofThe Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China (GAHK) to be interviewed.Here is the story of a very special person, Siu Yin,... Read more »



Good Governance in Grassroots Sport: Guidelines

“The last four years the economic crisis has dominated and influenced most societies and citizens. Across Europe all societies are looking for ways to recover and regain economic and societal de... Read more »




 The National Danish Performance Team is travelling the whole world with their show “ZOOM” and with a message of healthy living and an active lifestyle. The 28 young Danes have just s... Read more »




ISCA have launched the Active Networks Project, bringing municipalities and Sport organisations together to look at effective partnership and highlight best practice in partnership working for the pro... Read more »



A pool of Top Political leaders that will MOVE Good Governance in Grassroots Sport

Over the last six months, ISCA has led a series of training on Good Governance in Grassroots Sports for leaders within sport for all organisations across Europe. The impact of these trainings for the ... Read more »




   WHAT’S THE CONTEXT?Physical inactivity might not have been yet identified as the public enemy n°1 but soon will it be. Indeed it is a true epidemic: a fast growing phenomen... Read more »




 Interview with Sylvia Schenk, Senior advisor for sport, Transparency International. Why did Transparency get involved in the Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Project?SS: "We have worked ... Read more »



A journey with active European young citizens

 You may wonder how a journey with 100 young European active citizens in the field of youth and sport may look like... what is this movement and wave you may have already felt.Well true is big th... Read more »




This is the key message sent by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner responsible for education, youth and sport, who made us the honour to answer to our questions on the occasion of th... Read more »




  As EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, the EU Council Presidency Trio, EU Parliamentarians and representatives of the sport movement meet on Tuesday 27 November in what is known as Struct... Read more »




At the the Good Governance in Grassroots Sport second training for top political leader in Tallinn (9-11 November 2012), we discussed with Patrick McGrattan –Belfast City Council- and asked him ... Read more »




Saska Benedicic Tomat, Good Governance in Grassroots Sports (GGGS) Project manager, shares with us her vision and expectations for the project. Get ready to think again! Self-reflection and open-... Read more »




 Defining and implementing a good governance is a long journey, one of those that require engagement, commitment and long term thinking and leadership, one of those you will never find a map or G... Read more »




The life expectancy and the value of grassroots sports organisations rely on two main pillars: volunteers and good governance.This is the message from Jean Camy, University Lyon 1 (France), who h... Read more »




  This is the message delivered by Sakis Pappous, member of the member of the EuroVolNet, a European project lead by ISCA, and Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Sport and Exercise Manag... Read more »




 On the occasion of ISCA’s General Assembly 2012, ISCA’s Annual Report 2012 has been officially released. 2012 has seen new paths open up for ISCA and its partners to get more pe... Read more »




Participants, speakers, moderators and volunteers shared with us their visions and experiences of the event.  A plateform to open new frontiers“It think this congress is important to t... Read more »




  “Life itself is but Motion” (Thomas Hobbes, 1651) – so life is movement. Since the very early age of human history, human being has been driven both by cooperation and co... Read more »



MOVE Congress reaching new frontiers

MOVE Congress 2012 has just started and in an action packed opening ceremony delegates were inspired by promises, entertainment and a binding signing act. Values, Actions, Results. Three words wh... Read more »




ISCA and EuroVolNet (EVN) project partners common statements: “We are willing to contribute to the volunteering legacy in Europe and to the promotion of the value and diversity of volunteering. ... Read more »




 Top political leaders of Grassroots sport organisations would like to know how different organisations develop strategic goals and direction. How the board of the organisation monitors the perfo... Read more »




A few weeks before what promises to be the major youth event in the field of sport aimed at discussing key European topics (ie volunteering, health and active citizenship), Sorin Buruiana, EYSF2012 co... Read more »



MOVE2012 Congress: the story of Maria Luiza Souza Dias

We invited Maria Luiza Souza Dias from SESC from Brazil (MOVE2012 Congress partner) to be interviewed. Here is the story of Maria Luiza, and the story of promotion of the social well-being and improve... Read more »




  Two weeks ahead of the first ever MOVE Congress organised outside Europe, we are delighted to share with you our vision for an event which we do already consider as full of promises.Our ob... Read more »




 We invited KELLY D. MURUMETS (one of the MOVE Congress 2012 speakers) to be interviewed.Here is the story of a very special person, Kelly Murumets, and the story of a very special organization, ... Read more »




A month ahead of the MOVE Congress 2012 (24-26 October, São Paulo, Brazil.), our confirmed speakers, moderators and journalist from France, Denmark and Italy share their vision and expectations... Read more »




 We are delighted to announce Lisa MacCallum Carter as a keynote speaker for the MOVE Congress 2012.Lisa is the Managing Director of Access to Sport, an organization supported by NIKE Inc dedicat... Read more »



Are you ready for MOVE WEEK?

  MOVE WEEK, 1 – 7 October 2012, is an annual European wide campaign week promoting sport and physical activity and their positive impact on European societies. MOVE WEEK engages indiv... Read more »




ISCA is pleased to have actively taken part in shaping the Designed to Move Framework for Action among its peers of physical activity and grassroots sport. It is an honour to be an Endorser of this gl... Read more »




Designed to provide inspiration and motivation to national associations, political leaders and volunteer service managers, the EuroVolNet Tutorial has been launched recently as the final product ... Read more »




  The argument that big sport events boost participation is used frequently. Indeed it often comes in relation to the bidding as well as the political process of legitimising the often huge ... Read more »




 Outcomes of the “SWELL project: YOUTH TRAINING FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS”, co-organised by ISCA and UFOLEP. From 18 to 25th of August 2012, 21 young people from 7 different countr... Read more »




 The most comprehensive good practices collection in the field of physical activity promotion in socially disadvantaged groups in Europe! This is indeed what the MOVE project is aiming for.L... Read more »



Women's football in MENA: Participate in forum and tournament

DISCOVER FOOTBALL is calling for participants to take part in a unique forum and tournament celebrating women’s football in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Read more »



Olympics in London Is it worth the price?

 Stefan SzymanskiProfessor in Economy, University of Michigan Mogens KirkebyPresident for International Sport and Culture Association   For two weeks athletes from all over th... Read more »



Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Education program

GGGS project,  supported by the European Commission, Education and Culture DG, under the “2011 Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport”, is addressing organizational top leaders by d... Read more »



European voluntary Network tutorial has been launched

ISCA and European Voluntary Network (EuroVolNet - EVN)  project partners have developed The Voluntary Services Tutorial, a leading resource of good practices which have been collected in the Euro... Read more »




"Ready, steady, go!" is the inter-associative project promoted by UISP which brings to light, one year after its launching, the need to push children and youngsters to become more physically ... Read more »




20 of ISCA’s European members organizations gathered in Berlin to prepare the MOVE Week 2012. These key stakeholders discussed strategies on how to involve local members and clubs in their respe... Read more »



London Olympics: Good will, but not good health

LONDON – In the American imagination, Europeans are always whizzing down the street on bicycles or hoofing it across the cobblestones of the town square. But for many Brits, "exercise" is the wa... Read more »



MOVE-ing on up

As a summer of sporting competition approaches, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby tells Public Service Review why a joint effort is needed to create a more active Europe... Read more »



Final sprint for MOVE collection of good practices

So far more than 90 organizations across Europe and elsewhere have contributed to the MOVE good practice collection. “We are well underway to create the most comprehensive good practice collecti... Read more »



ISCA launches the European MOVE WEEK

At the occasion of the SPORTVISION2012 Conference hosted within the framework of the Danish Presidency of the European Union, the International Sport and Culture Assoction ISCA has announced the launc... Read more »



GGGS workshop Copenhagen, 18. and 19.3.2012

The Workshop gave time and space for further discussion between GGGS Partners to improve the coordination in good governance cross Europe. The workshop was an opportunity to discuss principles in gove... Read more »



SPORTVISION2012 Conference Videos

Check-out the latest videos from the Sportvision2012 Conference feauturing: Mr. Uffe Elbæk, Danish Minister for Culture and SportMs. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner, Education, C... Read more »



European Championship in Club Innovation 2013

In support of the vision ‘100 million more EU citizens active in sport and physical activity by 2020’ the Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI) and International Sport and Cultur... Read more »




Two weeks from SPORTVISION2012, the conference consortium is delighted to present a series of Conference start-up videos, featuring among others the Danish Minister of Culture and the conference organ... Read more »



Czech Sokol - 150 years in Motion

Your slogan for the celebration is “150 years in Motion”. What does this slogan indicate?”Hana Mouckova, President of the Czech Sokol Organization: Joy of movement, satisfaction from... Read more »



MOVE Call draws a lot of interest

 Partnership. That is what connected Andrew Power to the MOVE project. Current supporting the strategic coordination of physical activity in County Durham and the chair of the CPD committee in th... Read more »



EuroVolNet running fast

EuroVolNet project is developing Voluntary Services Tutorial which will be a leading resource of good examples which have been collected in the project. The tutorial will be designed to provide i... Read more »



Good Governance in Grassroots Sports is a hot topic

21 project partners from 13 different countries met for the first time in the project period in Ljubljana at the end of January for a Kick off meeting. Project partners express their readiness to incr... Read more »



Physical Activity and Health

"To improve people’s quality of life through movement", says Jorge Sánchez, the founder of Tempos, when asked about the mission of his sports association. Located in Costa Rica – Ce... Read more »



GGGS project Kick-off meeting

Ljubljana, 25. – 27.1.2012 Governance in sport is a hot topic, whether we are working at the national or community level, everything from setting strategic plans to managing boards needs to... Read more »



MOVE call for good practices off to a flying start

ISCA has received the first project descriptions in response to the MOVE call for good practices that was launched at the MOVE2011 congress in Paris on 19-23 October. “We are off to a flying sta... Read more »



Policy Agenda on Volunteering in Europe

The Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe has been published on the 1st of December 2011 during the final conference by the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Alliance. It was officially hande... Read more »



Launch of European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity

On the eve of the launch of the European Year on Active Ageing and solidarity between Generations, the EY2012 Coalition presents its joint Manifesto and Road Map and urges all relevant actors at local... Read more »



Good governance in grassroots sport

sportanddev asked ISCA and Sport & Citizenship about their perspectives on good governance in grassroots sport. In an exclusive interview sportanddev talks to ISCA's Secretary General, Jacob Schou... Read more »



Cycle like the Danes to help EU achieve CO2 Targets

EU wide reductions of GHG (greenhouse gas emissions) are under scrutiny by many critics as the progress and actual results seem to fall short of the goals set by the EU this year. Recent reports affir... Read more »



Season's Greetings

2011 has been a great year for ISCA, our members and partners. Despite a challenging international environment marked by the prevailing economic crisis, ISCA has implemented an large amount of interna... Read more »



International HESE workshop in Copenhagen

It is our pleasure to invite you to our first (HESE) Health Enhancing Sport Exercise workshop.  We develop the HESE program to raise awareness, to motivate and to offer practical support for... Read more »



mimosa Migrants’ Inclusion Model of Sport for All

 Sport has been recognized by European Union as a tool of social inclusion, education and socialization for all.  However, many legal and cultural constraints limit the access of migrants, r... Read more »



Sport and Citizenship’s European network on “Volunteering in sport”

Sport and Citizenship’s “SPORT” project –supported by the European Commission within the framework of the "Europe for Citizens" program builds and runs five thematic European n... Read more »



Sports Club for Health

European guidelines available Sports Club for Health (SCforH) – programme  has gathered ISCA and other European Sport for All organisations together to develop health-enhancing sports ... Read more »



Fitness against doping survey

Fitness against doping - survey results now available! ISCA is a dissemination partner in the Fitness Against Doping project (FAD), which is lead by the European Health and Fitness Association (E... Read more »



Golden Temple amazes Delegation from Ecuador

The South American Delegation led by Director of Tierra Negra International Organisation, Mr. Carlos Jonathan Minota got mesmerized by the Spiritualism of The Golden Temple, Amritsar. Ecuadorians were... Read more »




International Roma Integration through Sport is a transnational project fighting traditional and new anti-Roma stereotypes, whose persistence and diffusion are at the roots of discriminatory actions a... Read more »



ISCA promoting an age-friendly European Union

AGE (European platform and network of organisations of and for people aged 50+) and the Coalition of stakeholders (which ISCA is a member) promoting the European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solida... Read more »



Good Governance in Grassroots Sport

Good Governance in elite and professional sport would typically address challenges such as corruption, match fixing, doping, excessive salaries, etc. ISCA claims that Good Governance is equally i... Read more »




The incoming Danish Presidency of the European Union is delighted to invite you to its ambitious and wide-ranging conference addressing the most pressing challenges in Sport for All.The conference wil... Read more »




MOVE2011 presentations, photos and videos are now online . You can find them on the following links : To see all presentations, click on the following link : Read more »



ISCA Annual report 2011

At the occasion of ISCA’s General Assembly 2011, ISCA’s Annual Report 2011 has been officially released. The report provides a comprehensive insight to ISCA’s work, both with respect... Read more »



Canadian Minister of Health Promotion and Sport addresses the MOVE2011 congress

Ms. Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion and Sport of the Province of Ontario presented the efforts of her government to promote healthier lifestyles in the province of Ontario. She underlined... Read more »



ISCA General Assembly 2011 - A world of sport for all

ISCA members expressed their support to pursue the actual two-fold strategy of action and advocacy. The past year has shown that the combination of these two pillars produced excellent results, as the... Read more »



Final debate MOVE2011

 The final debate of the MOVE 2011 World Congress on Sport for All discussed new pathways to a healthy, active life? The discussion panel included:# Ms. Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, Preside... Read more »



Promoting active citizenship through physical activity

Mr. Eric Favey, Deputy Secretary General emphasized that "citizenship education is at the very core of our work at La Ligue de l’Enseignement as it is here were we build the turf of our collecti... Read more »



Innovation and cross-sector cooperation

At last, the MOVE2011 World Congress kicked-off tonight in Paris gathering a wide range of stakeholders from global sport’s greatest playing fields. Tonight's menu included the official opening ... Read more »




Second up was the President and CEO of ParticipAction, Ms. Kelly Murumets sharing her thoughts and experience in igniting a national movement for physical activity and sport in Canada. Kelly successfu... Read more »



MOVE2011 opens its Gates today

 The MOVE2011 Congress opened its gates today in Paris at the heart of the French sport. The congress organisers and partners are delighted to announce that the MOVE2011 welcomes 300 participants... Read more »



France and Spain united by grassroots sport in the EURO-regions since 2007

The Euro-region movement has emerged through the involvement of cities and regions in Europe establishing cross-border links and cooperation. The Council of Europe and the Commission of the Europ... Read more »



US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Executive Director joins MOVE2011 congress

The MOVE2011 Congress Consortium is most delighted to confirm the participation of Ms Shellie Pfohl as a keynote speaker at the MOVE2011 Congress. Shellie Pfohl was appointed by President Barack ... Read more »



ACTIVE Youth Training

As a part of our ongoing youth training events, ISCA and UFOLEP - Union Française des Oeuvres Laïques d'Education Physique - had teamed up and organised a youth training event under the th... Read more »



EuroVolNet 2nd Seminar 23 – 25 September, Riga

The second seminar of the ISCA coordinated EuroVolNet project constitutes an important component of the project which serves the overall aim of debating volunteering challenges in Europe. At the ... Read more »



MOVE2011 Consortium confirms speakers

The MOVE2011 Congress Consortium has been very privileged to secure the services of some of today's most respected exponents in the field of sport and leisure, physical activity and health, campaignin... Read more »



European Parliament Hearing on Grassroot Sports

With the article 165 TFEU the European institutions have a framework to develop the “European Dimension on Sport”. Yet, the decisive question to be asked is if visionary political decision... Read more »



UN and IOC keeping myth alive

The second edition of the "International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development" jointly organized between UN office on Sport, Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and IOC hosted in UN headquarter illustrate... Read more »




Challenge Day was created in Canada and is distributed worldwide by The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), an organization that promotes sports for all, based in Germany. It is a ca... Read more »



EuroVolNet Seminar

"Europe needs project like EuroVolNet", said Jacob Kornbeck from DG Education and Culture Sport  who was one of the key speakers at the EuroVolNet Seminar  in Chatham, UK, 6–8.5.2... Read more »



Olympics may fail to spark UK sport participation

The 2012 London Olympics may fail to spark increased UK public participation in sport, new research by a University sports studies expert suggests. The government hopes hosting the games next yea... Read more »



MOVE2011 World Congress in Paris

Welcome to the MOVE2011 World Congress – Think global, MOVE local. We invite you to join us in Paris for four days full of discussions, seminars, meetings and study tours that unquestionably wil... Read more »



2010 Declaration on grassroot sports and citizenship

Sport and Cultures in Dialogue project partners established a constructive dialogue among each other and with stakeholders at the European and national level and called on the European Commission to f... Read more »



Looking into the future

SANTE Final Conference, held in Prague from 18th to 20th of March, attracted more than 50 project managers and political leaders from SANTE Project Partners Associations as well as organizations and i... Read more »



New ISCA publications released

As concrete outcome of the SANTE project ISCA can now proudly present the SANTE Magazine “Promoting EU Priorities through Physical Activity” and the SANTE Handbook “Good examples of ... Read more »



SANTE Final Conference 18.-20. March 2011

ISCA has invited to the SANTE final conference "Looking into the future" from the 18th to 20st of March 2011. This event was hosted by the SANTE partners SOKOL and CASPV in Prague. For futher inform... Read more »



EuroVolNet project kick-off

A Kick-off meeting in Brussels 24. – 25.1.2011 officially launched EuroVolNet project, where project partners together discussed the project’s vision and objectives and agreed upon a speci... Read more »



SANTE Seminar in Cassino

SANTE Seminar in Cassino, hosted by University of Cassino, had one main title: ARE WE READY TO FIGHT FOR HEPA HUMAN RESOURCES AS PROFESSIONALS IN THE EU LABOUR MARKET? Seminar secured a common un... Read more »



ISCA Europe Welcomes Sport communication

The 18 January Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou presented the European Commission’s plans for ‘Developing the European Dimension in Sport’.ISCA Europe chairman, Filippo Fossati, cong... Read more »



ISCA Flagship project 2011 and beyond

ISCA is with great expectations launching a new series of projects that will set the agenda in Sport and Culture for 2011 and beyond. The success of the past years’ multi-annual multi-stakeholde... Read more »



Commission unveils first-ever sport package

The plans are outlined in a communication unveiled by Sports Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou in Strasbourg on 18 January. The communication, entitled 'Developing the European Dimension in Sport', set... Read more »



Danish SFA committee presents report

The Danes are one of the most physical active populations in Europe and further more the number of volunteers in the sport sector in Denmark are twice as high as the EU average. In 2007 the Danish gov... Read more »



ISCA EUROPE statement on the EU Structured Dialogue on Sport

Article 165 does not open all the doors for sport, but it opens the door for ambitious political visions and decisions, which can have a direct impact on the quality of life of the European citizens. ... Read more »



EU institutions and sports sector start new collaboration

The Belgian EU Presidency, led by Flemish Minister for Sport Philippe Muyters, brought together representatives of the EU institutions and the sports sector. This was done for the first time within th... Read more »



Season's Greeting and happy 2011

2010 has been an extremely important year for ISCA and its members. We have implemented an incredible amount of international projects in the field of Sport. Among other the ¨PATHE – Physica... Read more »



Interview with Jordi Salido from

We will develop a holistic methodology that can easily be adapted and implemented by different public authorities, and increase the level of awareness. It will support networking and exchange of relev... Read more »



European Parliament adopts written declaration on increased European Union support for grassroots sports

On September 14, 2010 a cross-political group of Members of the European Parliament composed of Joanna Senyszyn, Ivo Belet, Mary Honeyball, Seán Kelly, Hannu Takkula launched a Written Declarat... Read more »



Sport Citizens Forum in Slovenia

Sport Citizens Forum in Slovenia welcomed the establishment of a constructive dialogue with stakeholders at the European and national level and call on the European Commission to further strengthen it... Read more »



5th Slovenian Sport for All Forum

5th Slovenian Sport for All Forum, which took place on Saturday 20.11.2010 in Bled in Slovenia, welcomed more than 90 participants, representatives from sport for all organizations, decision makers, a... Read more »



Interview with Lena Knorr from

In the project we, the partners from the cities of Athens, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, Rotterdam and Stuttgart, work together on a local municipal level. We are all people from practice and we have started... Read more »



Sport for Social Change Network International Seminar

The Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) of Brazil organized an International Seminar from 9-13 November in Rio de Janiero.  The seminar topics included violence prevention through sport; devel... Read more »



ISCA president speaks at the EP's CULT committee

On the 18th of November 2010 the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education organized a public hearing on: “A future European sports policy” at the European Parliament ... Read more »



Mimosa - Migrant's Model Inclusion through Sport for All UISP PROJECT FUNDED DY EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S SPORT UNIT

Mimosa: "Migrant's Model Inclusion through Sport for All" is the name of the new Uisp project funded by the European Commission - DG Sport. The project goal is the building of models of inclusion of m... Read more »



UNOSDP – United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace

Sport can make a difference in everyone’s life. But for some people, such a difference is between hope and despair, smile and tears, poverty and employment, war and peace, sickness and good heal... Read more »



ISCA Annual report 2010

At the occasion of ISCA’s General Assembly 2010, ISCA’s Annual Report 2010 has been officially released. The report provides a comprehensive insight to ISCA’s work, both with respect... Read more »



Interview with Lideke Middelbeek - WHO Europe

Lideke Middelbeek is a Technical Officer for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen. Read more »



Statement from the ISCA General Assembly

The grassroot sport sector is the pulse of sport and physical activity.  Grassroot sport is the sector which mobilizes the most citizens in sport, which recruits and educates the most volunteers ... Read more »



Vote for Sport Bringing the focus to sport // Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 2011

At 3pm on Tuesday 21st September the Scottish Sports Alliance (made up of the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils, Scottish Sports Association and Scottish University Sport) launched the Vot... Read more »



ISCA President at the European Parliament

The Written Declaration on increased financial support to grassroots sport is a milestone in the political engagement in sport at European level. Sport has always been a popular topic among polit... Read more »



MEP for Sport for All

Led by MEP Joanna Senyszyn, a cross-political group of 5 members of European Parliament on Tuesday, 14. September launched a Written Declaration to increase EU support for grass-root sport. The L... Read more »



Extended List of Speakers presented!

The MOVE2010 consortium is most delighted to announce the extended list of confirmed speakers participating in the MOVE2010 European Congress on Sport for All and Health: a Strategic Partnership. At t... Read more »



EUROFITNESS reaching out to Slovenia

Result of close collaboration between two entities, Slovenia reaches a new concept of urban wellness. This is the concept EUROFITNESS. The Slovenian Sports Union and UBAE have reached an agreement in ... Read more »



ISCA Executive Committee met in Rejkjavik

Among the topics of the agenda the Executive Committee outlined the strategies for the future activities on the various continents, respecting the continental historical and cultural diversities in th... Read more »



Active Senior Seminar // Great Success

Like hardly another topic “Aging” has moved into the focus of political and public interest. It’s not any longer necessary to explain the reasons. The dramatic demographic changes or... Read more »



MOVE2010 // Register now !

Join the MOVE2010 congress today and benefit from the early bird congress feeOver 100 participants have already signed-up for the MOVE2010 Congress, 20-24 October 2010 in Frankfurt and many more are r... Read more »




“CAMILA”, the biggest woman in the world is an adventure through a giant pregnant body that offers support to children, young people, families and communities in general to identify risk f... Read more »



ISCA Badminton activity calendar

Plan your international badminton activities together with the ISCA badminton network and take part in an exceptionally well organized badmionton experience.The schedule below highlight the main activ... Read more »



Active Seniors enjoy life more!

Good news for seniors: Part of the prescription for a healthier, better retirement is exercise. That simple? Yes, it is! ISCA and SALSC from Scotland invite you to join the SANTE Thematic Seminar... Read more »



IYLE turned 15

The International Youth Leader Education (IYLE) is an exchange program of non-formal education that aims to possibility the international experience - getting in touch with new people, different ... Read more »



Public Hearing on Sport for All and Physical Activity in Europe

 Grass-root sport is today engaging 40 % of all Europeans in physical activity on a regular basis. However, there is a considerable gap between European countries with regard to the degree of inv... Read more »




 On May 17th around Europe, but not only in this continent, was celebrated for the fourth year the "Day Against Homophobia", to promote initiatives against intolerance and prejudice about sexual ... Read more »




TUSCANY - In Chianciano (SIENA), May 7 th-9 th took place the first national conference for UISP operators in the field of disability and mental health.UISP – Union Italian Sport for All - has a... Read more »



Sport and Cultures in Dialogue // successful event in Albania

Citizens Panel in Albania gave the opportunity: to increase knowledge and awareness of the societal role of sport and sport organizations, including the content of the White Paper on Sport, to train t... Read more »



Connect with the 8th National Danish Performance Team

The National Danish Performance Team (NDPT) takes you to Club Neon and gives you gymnastics with an attitude with the show Connections. The show is spiced with colourful costumes and new, challenging ... Read more »




“Vivicittà is a messenger of peace and solidarity, in Italy and in the world”, says Filippo Fossati, UISP National President, “Our goal is to focus the public opinion’s ... Read more »



Sport Action NeTwork of Europe SANTE

SANTE is an ambitious effort of 17 partners across Europe, representing sport organizations, esteemed universities, businesses and local government structures. The partners have united their resources... Read more »



Eurobarometer Survey on Sport and Physical Activity

On March 29 the European Commission revealed the results of a special Eurobarometer Survey on Sport and Physical Activity. Among many interesting findings, the survey show that while a majority of Eur... Read more »



European Commission launches public consultation

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on the EU's strategic choices for the implementation of the new EU competence in the field of sport. The Lisbon Treaty calls on the EU to pr... Read more »



Sport and Cultures in Dialogue

With the project “Sport and Cultures in Dialogue” ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association), CESS (European Confederation sport and Health) and 10 national sport organizations fro... Read more »



Sport-for-All presidents meets in Copenhagen

Presidents and executive organizational leaders from 12 Sport for All organizations met in Copenhagen 6 March to discuss the futures challenges for the grass-roots sport sector.“The Sport for Al... Read more »




CONTEXTThe purpose of the “Roadmap for equality between women and men” (2006-2010) is to drive the gender equality agenda forward. It builds on the Framework Strategy for equality between ... Read more »



Velo-city Global 2010

The European Cyclists' Federation, the City of Frederiksberg and the City of Copenhagen are excited to invite you to the first ever VELO-CITY GLOBAL 2010, a conference that brings together cycling exp... Read more »



Integration through sports Grundtvig Workshop

From 18th-24th of February, Context hosted an international workshop with the theme “Integration through sports-intercultural sports” supported by the Grundtvig programme which is a part o... Read more »



Week Against Racism 13-21 March 2010

 European-wide Action Week Against Racism 13-21 March 2010 NGOs from 48 different European countries mobilise against Racism - more than 235 actions are planned in Europe's largest anti-raci... Read more »



Youth Sector undergoes heavy budget cuts

The Council of Europe’s new Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland emphasises the need for an institutional reform in order to seize a historic opportunity to advance the European project on... Read more »



UN hopes to put sport higher on the agenda

The United Nations have launched a 'one stop shop' in the field of sport policy, hoping to boost interest across its own agencies and coordinate partnerships on sport and development beyond UN circles... Read more »



ISCA Workplan 2010

2010 will be an exceptionally exciting year for International Sport and Culture Association and for all our member organizations and partners. The video above features the main lines of ISCA’s w... Read more »



Season's greetings and happy new year!

Dear members, friends and cooperation partners,2009 has been an exceptionally vibrant year. In face of a global financial crisis, ISCA and its members have demonstrated that the world of Sport-for-All... Read more »



MOVE2009 outcomes

The MOVE2009 closing panel reflects about the event and future opportunities The closing of the MOVE2009 saw panellists Walther Feldman (City of São Paolo), Rene Kural (Center for Sport and Arc... Read more »



ISCA Europe sees the light!

During the ISCA General Assembly, a new working structure for ISCA in Europe was adopted. The new structure involves all European members of ISCA and is governed by a steering group of three people. O... Read more »



DTB 'In Shape'

“Prevention of Health. Healthy Food and Physical Activity – A Key for More Quality of Life” was a focal theme during the German EU presidency in 2007. As a follow up the German gover... Read more »



New grants awarded to ISCA

ISCA has received a grant of 295.000 Euro from the Sport Unit of the European Commission for the Project SANTE (Sport Action NeTwork of Europe). The project will start in December 2009 and continue to... Read more »



Council of Europe Sport Seminar

On the occasion of the seminar “The role of sport associations in promoting active Youth Participation and enhancing Intercultural Dialogue” organized by the Directorate of Youth and Sport... Read more »



ISCA Political Statement

from the International Sport and Culture Association General Assembly 24 October 2009, Copenhagen Denmark. Read more »



Sport and integration

Integration is a task of nowadays societies. Very often difficulties of immigration for the society are highlighted. Since organised sport reaches a plurality of people and is a preferred activity of ... Read more »




The PATHE Seminar 2009 will take place in Copenhagen from the 25-26 October 2009 in DGI-byen's new Conference centre.The seminar will gather the core partners of PATHE and focus on the importance of n... Read more »



ISCA Executive Committee met in Frankfurt

On the occasion of the International German Gymnastics Festival 2009, the ISCA Executive Committee met in Frankfurt to participate in the Conference of the Festival and visit various events that were ... Read more »



health and fitness - a priority

President of Sports Union of Slovenia Mr. Miro Ukmar expressed his respect to ISCA initiatives and activities for international understanding of Sport for All and for gathering together partners from ... Read more »



The PATHE project shows the best of ISCA

ISCA President Mr. Mogens Kirkeby is impressed and proud of the four PATHE Associate partners: "The PATHE project shows the best of ISCA. Engaged members working together, transferring knowledge acros... Read more »



Danish Sport for All Commission

Seven ministries, four national sport organisations, stakeholders from local governments and the private fitness sector have published a report on the Sport for All situation in Denmark. The report in... Read more »



European Parliament votes on gambling market

“When the members of the European Parliament by a overwhelming majority rejected the idea of creating an European single market for online gambling, they took political responsibility for fundin... Read more »



the pyramid in sport is an illusion

French research on the financing of the EU sport structure illustrates that the top and the base of the pyramid tends to dissociate from each other. The research thereby support the opinion earlier pr... Read more »



Richard W. Pound to head Play the Game Advisory Board

Play the Game’s commitment to democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport made Pound team up with the sports communication organisation. The award-winning transparency in sp... Read more »



PATHE takes up the challenge!

ISCA is proud to coordinate the PATHE project and engage skill-full sport managers and leaders in providing even greater health impact on European societies. The Associate Partners and Collaborating P... Read more »



Now Public: EU draft policy guidelines for physical activity ISCA president comments

Michal Krejza, Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission, gave a preview of the future Physical Activity policy guidelines when he addressed the ISCA/CESS 2nd European Sport for All congress o... Read more »



Sport Political statement From the ISCA General Assembly 2008

The Sport for All sector and its organisations produce the Human Capital on which societies are being built and developed. The core production and services are based on human values and are an integra... Read more »



Executive Committee Adopts Agenda for General Assembly

ISCA’s Executive Committee met from 25-28 September 2008 in Copenhagen. In preparation of the up-coming ISCA General Assembly and the 2nd European Sport-for-All congress in Barcelona the Executi... Read more »



Transparency in ISCA Executive Committee takes the lead

Effective from the upcoming Executive Committee Meeting in Copenhagen on September 25-28, all Executive Committee Meeting agendas will be made publicly available through the ISCA web site and newslett... Read more »



Mobility, Dialogue and Participation

"Sport: a school for active citizenship?" was the question being addressed by one of fourteen workshops during the European Civic Days conference. The first "European civic days: Mobility, Dialogue, P... Read more »



Sport for All under Pressure After Olympic Games Article from ISCA President

Danish national newspaper Jyllands Posten has printed an article by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby.  This article raises valid questions on the impact and influence of the Olympic Games on Sp... Read more »



ISCA health network Initiated by DGI, DTB, USEP and SESC

Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI), Union sportive de l'enseignement du premier degré (USEP), Deutscher Turner Bund (DTB) and Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC)&n... Read more »



Intercultural Dialogue in Sport

"The world of Sport for All makes the first move", says Mogens Kirkeby, President of ISCA, as the Round Table on Intercultural Dialogue and Sport closes off on May 16, 2008. "We have not just made dec... Read more »



The Members of the European Parliament support state monopoly to ensure funding for sport and culture.

On 3rd of April 2008, the European Parliament adopted a report on the White Paper on Sport from the Committee on Culture and Education. The report supports state monopoly in gamling and lotteries... Read more »



Play the Game breaktrough Funding ensured and new bids to host conference

The financial foundation for the next four years’ work of the Sports debate institution Play the Game was secured in March as the Danish government and its parliamentary supporters included... Read more »



ISCA Executive Committee sets social agenda Invites Sports Ministers to cooperation

On its latest meeting, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic, on February 29 - March 2nd, the ISCA Executive Committee decided upon the top prioritised topics for the future work of ISCA. Health ... Read more »



Education through Sport ISCA joins the European platform for Life Long Learning

At its General Assembly on 5 March in Bruxelles, ISCA joined the European Platform for Life Long Learning. The Platform gather 15 europeans organisations supporting 'Life Long Learning'. Read more »



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The financial foundation for the next four years’ work of the Sports debate institution Play the Game was secured in March as the Danish government and its parliamentary supporters included... Read more »