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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. Despite the overwhelmingly positive evidence of the benefits of physical activity, rates of physical inactivity among elderly people remain unacceptably high (up to 70% of the over 55 age group, according to the Eurobarometer 2013 survey).


The challenge of promoting physical activity to elderly people is too big for one stakeholder only and even for the sport sector alone! Building constructive partnerships between different stakeholders and sectors is the natural step forward.


That is why ISCA created the MOVING Age network. Launched in Rome in October 2014, the MOVING Age network’s mission is to stimulate and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices in sport and physical activity for elderly people. The network now has 28 partners.'


Now we are pleased to invite you to the first MOVING Age conference in the beautiful city of Gent, Belgium, from 30 April-2 May 2015. The conference will be hosted by a consortium of the Belgian MOVING Age partners and is open to all entities from inside and outside the sport-sector with an interest in promoting physical activity and sport among elderly people.


The conference programme will feature workshops covering the following topics:


• Strategic approaches to recruiting more inactive elderly people to sport and physical activity programmes. Including theory and best practice examples of triggering changes in behaviour.

• Progressing from strategic planning to effective implementation of programmes for elderly people in different settings.

• New developments in physical activity programmes for elderly people.

• Creating cross-sector networks for physical activity promotion among elderly people.

• Developing the competences of instructors delivering physical activity programs for elderly people.


The aim of the MOVING Age Conference is to promote communication and interaction among participants, speakers and moderators by using a blend of traditional and innovative methods and techniques. All participants will be asked to share opinions, questions and examples.


Your presence will be of great relevance to valorising our proposal to discuss one of the most important topics at present “sport and physical activity for elderly people”. We would be very happy to see you at the MOVING Age Conference and look forward to hearing from you.


You can find more practical information below.

On behalf of the organising partners,



Herbert Hartmann                 Mogens Kirkeby

ISCA Vice President               ISCA president



For all of the practical details, please read the PDF below.

MOVING Age conference, Gent, Belgium, practical details (PDF, 0.11 MB)