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  • 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 through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme, took place on 15 October 2021. The partners had hoped to convene in Romania, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they agreed to meet online. The purpose of the meeting was for partners to review progress in the desk research and interview component of output 1 – a comprehensive mapping of the volunteer workforce. Since the project’s kick-off in May 2021, much good work has been done. Under the leadership of Hungary’s University of Physical Education (UPE), the project formed a research subgroup which devised three different research templates, appropriate to each of the main categories of partner: national representatives, international sport federations and European/worldwide organisations. The templates cover many key questions vital to understanding sport volunteering in Europe, for example, definitions of volunteers, relevant legislation and national policies/programmes, the cultural history and context to volunteering, quantitative data on volunteering, barriers and incentives, Covid-19 impact, recruitment, retention, and volunteer management. Over a three-month period since July 2021, all partners have been hard at work digging up relevant information and data for countries, regions or sports. In parallel, the partners have also been interviewing sport volunteers to get a better grasp of their experiences and perspectives. The outputs from this research cover 18 countries and sports, and Europe as a whole, amounting to over 1,000 pages in total. Interviews were completed for 55 volunteers with more expected to come in. At the meeting, each partner provided a brief update on what they had done and their most significant findings. This was followed by a presentation from Drs Judit Farkas and Szilvia Perényi from UPE who provided a comprehensive summation of all main findings across all the partner research templates and interviews, bringing to light key themes and challenges. Geoff Carroll, EOSE’s Skills Development Director, said “The determination shown by the V4V partners has been breath-taking. Each consortium member has carried out extremely detailed and diligent research in a short space of time and revealed a host of highly relevant issues which provide a brilliant foundation for the next phases. Motivation and commitment are high, and we are confident that V4V will deliver really practical, evidence-based solutions to the benefit of sport volunteers and the sector as a whole.” At the next meeting in November 2021, the partners will use the research findings to devise a major online survey of sport organisations across Europe to learn more about how volunteers are deployed and managed, the major challenges they face in recruitment and retention and the solutions they apply. Of particular importance will be discovering more about the volunteer skills and competences which organisations value and the formal and informal learning that takes place. The survey will launch in early 2022 and will be of interest to all stakeholders in the sport sector. Contact: Aurélien Favre - EOSE Executive Director - [email protected]: www.v4v-sport.eu
    V4V project to highlight skills acquired through volunteering in sport
  • 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 environment, and gain experience in the field of international physical activity promotion and youth work? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for self-motivated, passionate and energetic young people to join our team in Copenhagen. Experience something new and exciting, while also broadening your horizons and developing your skills. Becoming a European Solidarity Corps Volunteer with the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) in Denmark is not just an opportunity for new experiences, you will be warmly welcomed to a family of sorts – which is full of ISCA spirit! As indicated in the ESC Programme Guide, volunteers should be between 17 and 30 years old, and reside in the EU, Erasmus+ Programme countries and Partner countries neighbouring the EU (see the ESC programme guide for more details or contact us when in doubt). Conditions for the ESC volunteersThe ESC volunteering will be carried out according to the ESC Framework and conditions. More specifically, ISCA will cover the travel costs to Denmark from the volunteer’s residence country and back and provide accommodation in a private room in an apartment in Copenhagen (that will be shared with other ESC volunteers). To fully embrace the Danish transport culture, a bike will be provided to all volunteers. ISCA will also provide a local SIM-card and a laptop for work-related tasks and lunch in the office canteen (or lunch reimbursement when the office is closed). In addition, the volunteer will receive a monthly allowance of 300 EUR. Engagement of European VolunteersAll volunteers will have the opportunity to be engaged in a number of ISCA’s international projects, campaigns and events. ISCA is coordinating various capacity building activities for organisations that promote sport and physical activity at both regional and international levels. ISCA also engages many member organisations and other partners in diverse projects that are related to key issues and topics in the sports sector today. There are three broad fields that you can be a part of: 1. The pan-European NowWeMOVE campaign organised by ISCA and its partners. Your main task will be to support and implement project activities in connection with member organisations all over Europe. You can find a few examples of our initiatives below:● No Elevators Day● MOVE Week● Open Streets Day● European School Sport Day 2. ISCA is also the National Coordinating Body for the European Week of Sport in Denmark, which takes place from 23-30 September each year, so you can expect some engagement with the #BeActive Campaign. 3. Additionally, you will be part of the ISCA team coordinating projects and activities in externally funded projects in cooperation with member organisations and other partners, both on the national and international level. Many of the projects fall under topics that have pressing priority in today’s world, such as; exercise and health, physical activity and education, health-enhancing physical activity, sport and exercise for disadvantaged groups, urban sports facilities, inclusion of refugees through sport, youth training and active ageing. Find out more about some of these recent ISCA projects and initiatives below:● Grassroots Sport Diplomacy● Integration of Refugees through Sport● MOVE Transfer Europe-China● Physical Literacy for Life● European Mile● MOVE Congressand many other existing or upcoming projects that ISCA is either leading or partnering with. Our latest projects and activities are described in our 2020 Annual Report – a highly recommended read to understand ISCA’s mission and activities. If you’re interested, you can also check out ISCA’s Strategy 2018-2021. Depending on your profile, skill set and interests you will be able to get involved and challenge yourself in various tasks such as:● Physical activity and healthy lifestyle promotion;● Marketing and communications;● Content creation, article writing and editing;● Videography and photography;● Analysis, monitoring and reporting;● Fundraising, EU Sport Policy and advocacy;● Project management;● Membership and community management;● E-learning platforms;● Event coordination (online and offline);● Financial management. All applicants should be highly motivated, proactive, and dynamic young people. For this call, we are looking for the following profiles (i.e. knowledge and experience, or interest in the following fields will be prioritised, but we are open for all kind of profiles):- communications, content creation;- project management, event coordination;- membership, community management;- financial project management and accounting. Please note that we are looking for volunteers to start at ISCA earliest in January 2022 for a period of 12 months, and your application may be considered for positions later during the year. Please indicate your interest if you’d like to be considered for a specific profile(s) and when you would like to start your 12-month project. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter (max 2 pages) outlining your interest in the position (indicating your motivation and key competences) latest by 23 November 2021, 23:59 CEST to Liina Sepp ([email protected]) with the subject line “Your Name- ESC 2021-2022.” In addition to the CV and Cover letter, the applicants need to register on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) platform and indicate their “Participant reference number” in the body of the e-mail when applying. You can read more about the ESC initiative here. *Important: applications submitted without a CV or cover letter will not be considered due to the volume of applications we typically receive for this call. We will inform all candidates about the outcome of the first phase of the selection process no later than 10 December 2021 and let them know at that time if they are invited for an interview. In case you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liina Sepp either by email ([email protected]) or by phone at: + 45 51 18 73 89. Seize this amazing opportunity to become a Viking volunteer with ISCA in Denmark!
    ISCA calls for European Solidarity Corps volunteers for 2022 Applications open!
  • 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 communities, schools, sport clubs or workplaces. We received many nominations and our jury members made the difficult decision to select three finalists who stood out the most, and now it's up to you to decide who the 2021 IRTS Role Model will be! Read more about the candidates here:Gerald MballeKhalida Popal*Gibril Deen * Please note that Khalida Popal is in the IRTS Awards jury. As she/her organisation has also been nominated for awards, we made sure that she has not been voting in those categories. The voting form will be open until 31 October 2021 and the winner will be announced at the MOVE Congress in Brussels on 17 November. Vote here
    Vote for your Integration of Refugees Through Sport Role Model: Citizens’ Choice Award
  • 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 Sport for Development, make progress with the Training Handbook, and plan for sustainability of the CHANGE project outputs. The project is well on course to complete in December as planned and publish a range of indispensable products to support skills development and education in sport for development. INTERNATIONAL EVENT ON SKILLS AND EDUCATION IN SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT Save the Date! The partners agreed the date and title for the CHANGE Final Conference, the International Event on Skills and Education in Sport for Development will take place as an online Webinar on Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 10.00 CET. A range of speakers will present current issues in skills development and education in the field, with sessions dedicated to presentation of the CHANGE products to support people development in sport for development, including the Occupational Standards and Training Handbook. Save the date and look out for event registration which will open early in October. OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS A global consultation process took place over the summer on the draft Occupational Standards which produced a wide range of valuable feedback and suggestions from sport for development practitioners in 23 countries. There was a high level of agreement from consultees with the draft standards, and during the September meeting, the partners debated some of the key feedback points and suggestions for improvement. The Occupational Standards will now be finalised and published at the end of the project as a valuable resource and guide to good practice for all those working in coordinator and activator roles in sport for development. TRAINING PROGRAMME HANDBOOK Partners involved in the pilot seminars organised in Italy and UK updated the rest of the group on two successful events which gathered positive feedback from sport for development practitioners. An innovative Knowledge and Skills document has been developed which identifies knowledge and skills relevant to each key role and occupational standard in a way that will be helpful to education and training providers. The group discussed these new transversal and work-based knowledge and skills and agreed it will form a valuable resource for those developing training programmes. A suite of Module Outlines with sample learning outcomes have also been produced by project partner, Leeds Beckett University, the group also agreed these will be a valuable part of the Handbook. The potential for a self-evaluation tool linked to the standards, proposed by Women Win, was discussed, and agreed to be an excellent addition to the Handbook. SUSTAINABILITY As the project draws to a close, a key focus will be on sustainability once the final products have been published – the group discussed a range of ideas towards sustainability – watch this space! Find out more at www.change-sport.eu Project partners: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE); International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA); University of Cassino and Southern Lazio; Leeds Beckett University; General Secretariat for Sports; Greece, Italian Sport for All Association (USIP); Sport Union of Slovenia; StreetGames; Women Win. By Ben Gittus, EOSE Director of Standards
    CHANGE partners plan final conference to present project results
  • 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 European Week of Sport 2021. More than 15 leading organisations in the sports movement will co-sign pledges to deliver collaborative actions and monitor their results. The European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport, Mariya Gabriel, officially launched the initiative at a full-day event hosted by the Slovenian Presidency on 23 September from 15:00-18:00. The HealthyLifestyle4All signature ceremony took place from 17:05-17:30 and ISCA has submitted a joint pledge with the Youth Health Community, JOGG and Schuttelaar & Partners to organise a policy building event event at European Parliament to gather stakeholder engagement for the new initiative. The pledge, presented in support of the collaborative theme ‘Teaming up for a holistic approach to food, health, well-being and sport’, proposes that ISCA will: Work with pledge partners Youth Health Community, JOGG and Schuttelaar & Partners to deliver a dedicated HealthyLifestyle4All policy and coalition building event in the European Parliament as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow.Invite a broad section of stakeholders from across sectors to partner and contribute to the event and commit to joining forces for healthy lifestyle policy collaboration in the next two years.Monitor and report on the commitments from the event during 2022 and 2023.Facilitate that MEPs, European Commission DG representatives and key European stakeholders for healthy lifestyle promotion discuss policy opportunities and commit towards collaboration towards these solutions in a two-year time frame.Together with Youth Health Communities, JOGG and Schuttelaar & Partners, launch our own healthy lifestyle commitments. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby and Head of Membership and Campaigns Laska Nenova are in Bled for the launch of the HealthyLifestyle4All initiative and the official opening of this year’s European Week of Sport. The HealthyLifestyle4All initiative is supported by: International Sport Bodies and PartnersFédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International School Sport Federation (ISF), International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), World Health Organisation (WHO) European Sport MovementEU Athletes, EuropeActive, European Olympic Committees (EOC), European University Sports Association (EUSA), European Volleyball Confederation (CEV), European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth (ENGSO Youth), Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) More news about the event in Brussels coming soon – so stay tuned! Watch the launch of the event here Photos: Laska Nenova, ISCA
    ISCA joins European and major international sports bodies to launch HealthyLifestyle4All pledge
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 through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme, took place on 15 October 2021. The partners had hoped to convene in Romania, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they agreed to meet online. The purpose of the meeting was for partners to review progress in the desk research and interview component of output 1 – a comprehensive mapping of the volunteer workforce. Since the project’s kick-off in May 2021, much good work has been done. Under the leadership of Hungary’s University of Physical Education (UPE), the project formed a research subgroup which devised three different research templates, appropriate to each of the main categories of partner: national representatives, international sport federations and European/worldwide organisations. The templates cover many key questions vital to understanding sport volunteering in Europe, for example, definitions of volunteers, relevant legislation and national policies/programmes, the cultural history and context to volunteering, quantitative data on volunteering, barriers and incentives, Covid-19 impact, recruitment, retention, and volunteer management. Over a three-month period since July 2021, all partners have been hard at work digging up relevant information and data for countries, regions or sports. In parallel, the partners have also been interviewing sport volunteers to get a better grasp of their experiences and perspectives. The outputs from this research cover 18 countries and sports, and Europe as a whole, amounting to over 1,000 pages in total. Interviews were completed for 55 volunteers with more expected to come in. At the meeting, each partner provided a brief update on what they had done and their most significant findings. This was followed by a presentation from Drs Judit Farkas and Szilvia Perényi from UPE who provided a comprehensive summation of all main findings across all the partner research templates and interviews, bringing to light key themes and challenges. Geoff Carroll, EOSE’s Skills Development Director, said “The determination shown by the V4V partners has been breath-taking. Each consortium member has carried out extremely detailed and diligent research in a short space of time and revealed a host of highly relevant issues which provide a brilliant foundation for the next phases. Motivation and commitment are high, and we are confident that V4V will deliver really practical, evidence-based solutions to the benefit of sport volunteers and the sector as a whole.” At the next meeting in November 2021, the partners will use the research findings to devise a major online survey of sport organisations across Europe to learn more about how volunteers are deployed and managed, the major challenges they face in recruitment and retention and the solutions they apply. Of particular importance will be discovering more about the volunteer skills and competences which organisations value and the formal and informal learning that takes place. The survey will launch in early 2022 and will be of interest to all stakeholders in the sport sector. Contact: Aurélien Favre - EOSE Executive Director - [email protected]: www.v4v-sport.eu

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