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 two MOVE Week kick-off meetings for 2013 took place in Austria and Romania in June, rounding out a series of introductory workshops that began in France and Belgium in January and travelled across Europe through regions such as South Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, the Baltic States and the United Kingdom. The meetings brought together partner organisations from different sectors to explore the potential of working together to promote activities showcasing sport for all.
After its first ‘test year’ in 2012, MOVE Week, the European week of sport and physical activity and flagship event of the NowWeMove campaign, is set for its first full-scale roll out from 7-13 October 2013.
The announcement of the European Cyclists’ Federation coming on board as a co-coordinator of the event and a greater number of partners joining the kick-off meetings throughout Europe has taken MOVE Week preparations to a new level in 2013, which NowWeMove Campaign Project Manager Tommy Kristoffersen sees as a great sign of how event will unfold in October.
“I am happy to see how the 2013 campaign is progressing, and I am especially pleased to see how many members and partners from last year have successfully involved new organisations in taking up the event. These partner organisations are already looking at innovative ways to develop and up-scale their activities for MOVE Week”, he says.
Kristoffersen and NowWeMove regional coordinator for South Eastern Europe Laska Nenova most recently travelled to Bucharest, Romania, to inform new and existing partners about MOVE Week 2013, give a recap of last year’s successes and help facilitate an exchange of ideas for MOVE Week 2013 activities.
The kick-off meeting in Bucharest was hosted at the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sports in conjunction with the Romanian Federation for Sport for All and the participants included the Federation’s affiliated member organisations.
“The meeting with Laska and Tommy brought us confirmation that we did a good job last year,” Romanian Federation for Sport for All Vice President Mihai Androhovici says. “This year we have proposed to take new directions with our MOVE Week preparations, looking at inter-regional collaboration, involving more local communities and also cross-border cooperation with new partners in Ukraine and Moldova.”
Organisations interested in coordinating and staging sport for all activities in their communities during MOVE Week can register their events on the NowWeMove Campaign’s website nowwemove.com from July 2013.