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ISCA Annual report 2010
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Dear Reader,


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 to political priorities, achievements and the numerous international projects that have been implemented throughout the past year. Furthermore, the report features contributions from stakeholders, the President’s address and financial pointers regarding the organisation’s financial development.


The report is available in print and online. Request your copy at or download the report here >>>.

In this newsletter
this edition features articles on:

- ISCA President speaks at European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education Public Hearing

- Statement from ISCA's General Assembly 2010

- Interview with Lideke Middelbeek - WHO Regional Office for Europe

- MOVE2010 presentations online

- Sport Citizen Forum in Slovenia

- Balkan meets East Youth Seminar in Romania

- EuroVolNet - New ISCA project granted

- Recap from the Local Citizens’ Panel in Croatia

- UN Member States confirm Sport's Development and Peace potential

- Severe cuts on grassroots sport and school sport in UK

- New book examines the social impact of sports

- Velo-city 2011 in Seville

- EUROQUALITY - European conference on Equality in Sport, Schools and Society

- First European Masters Course in Youth Sport

- FIFA suspends Executive Committee members accused of vote-selling

A future European sports policy
ISCA President speaks at European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education Public Hearing

On the 18th of November 2010 the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education organizes a public hearing on: “A future European sports policy” at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Following the invitation of Mrs Doris Pack MEP and Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education a panel of speakers, Members of Parliament and external stakeholders will discuss the right level of EU involvement in sport and potential areas of EU action.


Addresses will be delivered by:
   - Gregory PAULGER, European Commission DG EAC, Director (10 min)
   - Patrick HICKEY, European Olympic Committee EOC, President
   - William GAILLARD, UEFA, Senior advisor to UEFA President Michel Platini
   - Mogens KIRKEBY, International Sport and Culture Association ISCA, President
   - Michele COLUCCI, Colucci Law Firm


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Statement from ISCA's General Assembly 2010
Engage in committing partnerships for societal benefit – and MOVE!

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 and is the financial backbone of the sport sector either as producer of activities or consumer of services and products.


The ISCA General Assembly calls for higher ambitions for Sport for All in order to capitalize the full potential of the Sport for All sector as the largest civil society actor in the world.


Access to sport and physical activity varies significantly across the world. It means we see a huge gap between the most physically active populations and the least physically active populations.


In the European Union 27 countries alone, closure of this gap between societies with the highest and lowest participation in sport and physical activity would result in at least 100 million more active citizens.

Closing this gap would be a valuable achievement when knowing that physical inactivity alone is causing 10% of deaths in Europe. Closing this gap will provide higher quality of life and stimulate the economy with approximately €50 billion alone in household spending.


We call for visions and initiatives to increase the access to grassroots sport and physical activity for the hundreds of millions of citizens worldwide who are not yet regularly physical active. This should be our common goal.


Read the full statement here >>>.


What is the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s perspective on physical activity and sport for health promotion?

Physical activity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. In the WHO European Region lack of activity is estimated to be related to one million deaths per year. Regular physical activity has significant benefits for health. It reduces the risk of the most chronic non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. It helps control weight and contributes to mental health and promotes overall well-being. Taking part in physical activity also increases opportunities for social interaction and feeling part of the community.


To increase levels of physical activity in the Region, the WHO Regional Office for Europe calls for the promotion of physical activity for health across settings and together with all relevant stakeholders from public and private sectors.


Read the full interview here >>>.

MOVE2010 Presentations online

Following-up on the outcomes of the MOVE2010 Congress on SPORT FOR ALL AND HEALTH: A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP, you can revisit the presentations of the speakers and workshop contributors on the MOVE2010 website. The webpage features the updated presentations of among others:


  - Prof. Dr. Brian Martin - University of Zürich, Switzerland

  - Lideke Middelbeek - WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark

  - Prof. Dr. Alfred Rütten - University of Erlangen Nuernberg, Germany

  - Stefan Storcksdieck - European Food Information Council (EUFIC), Belgium


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Sport Citizen Forum in Slovenia 18-21.11.2010
More than 80 international participants will join the Platform for citizens in Slovenia !

Sport Citizens` Forum in Slovenia takes a great pleasure to welcome more than 80 participants from 10 countries in the dialogue which will give the opportunity to increase the knowledge and awareness of the societal role of sport and sport organizations, to train the civic competences such as openness and receptiveness towards other people’s views and various methods of reaching decisions though deliberations, compromise and consensus, to learn from the opportunity, to meet other sports organisations and other institutional stakeholders in the field of sport and to strength intercultural competencies through the meeting.


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Balkan meets East
Romania, 16-22 December 2010

Similar challenges in Youth and Sport?


The ISCA Youth training 'Balkan meets East' addresses:

  -  Leadership

  -  Youth participation

  -  Intercultural dialogue


The aim of the training is to create a space for developing competences for youth workers regarding regional cooperation in the Balkans and East-Europe.



Balkan meets east will provide participants with an array of leadership skills and methods, fostering youth participation on a local and regional level: generating project ideas; planning and management of projects; financing and fundraising opportunities; networking capacities; intercultural dialogue.


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New ISCA project granted

The European Commission Sport Unit has now finalized the evaluation of projects for the Preparatory Actions to commence in 2011. The projects were submitted in one of the following fields:

· Volunteering
· Anti-doping
· Social Inclusion

ISCA submitted a trans-national project on volunteering – the EuroVolNet Project, and has received confirmation that  this project, which includes 16 partners from all over Europe, will receive a grant of 179.000 Euros. ISCA is very happy to be able to contribute its knowledge and network to the European Year of Volunteering 2011 with this project. More information will be launched shortly!

Recap from the Local Citizens’ Panel in Croatia
Zagreb, 1–3.10.2010

More than 80 participants from 9 countries in the Local Citizens’ Panel shared experiences on the role of sport and sport organisations in developing civil society.


The Local Citizens’ Panel in Croatia, represented by local authorities and leaders from the grass-root sport and health sector, called for higher ambitions on capitalizing the full potential of the Sport for All sector in fostering societal coherency through dialogue and understanding across cultures.


They discussed about the actual standpoints on the role of physical activity in health and quality of life protection and promotion and on EU goals in socialization and integration of different population groups.


They exchanged the experience and discussion on the possibilities of physical activity programs nest in life culture and quality of life promotion as well as on health protection and promotion.


They accepted conclusions and guidelines on social and health value of physical activity and prepare the statement for project partners, for Government and relevant institutions to accept it, not as the personal need of the individuals, than as a part of national policy.


Read more here >>>.

UN Member States Confirm Sport's Development and Peace Potential
New resolution adopted at UN General Assembly

New York, 18 October 2010 – Today in New York, the UN General Assembly passed its latest resolution on sport, marking its renewed support to use sport as a vehicle for positive social change. The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, attended the debate before he continues his route to Haiti, where he will explore the potential of sport and physical activity in the recovery process and lend his support to the local and international actors in that field.


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Severe cuts on grassroots sport and school sport in UK

Budget cuts hit the grassroots sport and school sport in the UK, while the 9,4 bn £ budget for the 2012 Olympics is protected.

The UK government has announced severe cuts, which will hit the grassroots sport and school sport dramatically.  The program “School Sport Partnership” coordinated by Youth and Sport Trust, will lose its total governmental support of 162 million £.


"This is devastating news for the future health and well-being of our young people and the army of dedicated, passionate and committed people throughout the country who, through sport, have delivered such change for young people in recent years”, says Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust.


The School Sport Partnership has been an inspiration to other European countries on how to reach the goal of that children should be physical active at least one hour per day.


“This is unfortunately another example on that the grassroots sport sector loses to elite sport sector, when it comes to distribution of resources in tough times and it is another example of big events like the Olympic Games putting grassroots sport under severe pressure. Is this really financial Fair Play?” says ISCA president Mogens Kirkeby.


Read also >>>

Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust

Statement of Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt

Pressure on grassroots sport from Olympic Games, article by Mogens Kirkeby

New book examines the social impact of sports
By Elshadai Deribie from

A new book critically published last month examines the ways in which sports contribute to, or inhibit, social well-being.

Written by Ramon Spaaij and published by Routledge, "The Social Impact of Sport. Cross-Cultural Perspectives" critically examines the ways in which sports contribute to, or inhibit, social well-being, the directions these changes take and the conditions necessary for sport to have beneficial outcomes.


The themes addressed in the book demonstrate the diversity and versatility of the social impacts sport can potentially achieve as well as the variable benefits of sport in different social contexts.


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Velo-city 2011
Gil Peñalosa to be Master of Ceremony

Gil Peñalosa has been chosen to be the Master of Ceremony of the Velo-city conference in Seville in March 2011. If you attended his presentation at Velo-city in Copenhagen, you may be impatient to hear him again.


Also, the call for papers for Velo-City 2011 has started: you can apply to present your work at the conference here. Velo-city 2011 will take place in Seville on March 23-25, 2011.

Read more >>>.

1st European conference on Equality in Sport, Schools and Society

Conference 24.-26.november 2010 in Haugesund, Norway

Collaborating to Combat Racism and Xenophobia in Europe through sport and education


The key question this conference is concerned with is:
Why, in this age of mass education in Europe, have we been unable to achieve a society free of the fears, hatred and prejudices that have for centuries fuelled and fed racist violence?
The conference organisers believe that education and sports can result in new ways of living and relating to each other in the multiracial Europe of the 21st century. They share a commitment towards the creation of education systems based upon the principles of equality and justice, and which have strong global perspectives that move beyond narrow allegiances based upon skin colour, religion, nation or culture. The conference hopes to influence those developing education policy and to encourage the debate around European legislation on race and racism.


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First European Masters Course in Youth Sport

Universities of Education in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe, all Germany, have jointly launched the first European Masters course Sport and Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence.


This four semester course will start in October, 2010 and aims to train sport scientists to develop, implement and evaluate innovative concepts and programmes for child and youth sport. Students may specialise on diverse scientific areas such as prevention and rehabilitation, talent development and socialisation.


Read more >>>.

FIFA suspends Executive Committee members accused of vote-selling
By Katja Rasmussen,

FIFA has provisionally suspended its two Executive Committee members, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, who are accused of selling their votes in the election of the host of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


This decision was announced yesterday at a press conference at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich following the meeting of the ethics committee. A final decision regarding the two members will be made at a meeting in mid-November, pending further investigation.

Also, the Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into alleged agreements between member associations and their Bid Committees in relation to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process, FIFA writes.

For now there is no discussion of postponing the December 2 election of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, stated FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valke.


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