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Who is the enemy?

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

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 of tackling non-communicable diseases, the leading cause of death and illness in the world today.

In a series of tweets, the WHO promotes the new Commission under the hashtag #BeatNCDs. What’s not to like?

As a proponent of healthy lifestyles, we at ISCA are more than happy with such an initiative overall. However, there is one risk. Physical activity may once more become the smaller part of the equation of the NCD puzzle – or be forgotten entirely.

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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 PyeongChang. But what about the diplomatic gestures, partnerships and cross-border exchanges that happen in mass participation sport at the grassroots every week, away from the media spotlight? ISCA and a cross-sector group of partners from two continents are set to explore this overlooked aspect of sport in a brand new project called Grassroots Sport Diplomacy.

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

This week Beijing began trialling a new pay-per-ride system for residents use the elevators in their apartment buildings. The idea may be a more sustainable way of getting people moving than one-off stunts in other countries, such as doing squats for metro tickets in Russia and Mexico or a 10-minute workout for sandwiches in England. But the long-term impact on people’s habits is debatable when motivation is driven by financial benefits rather than health benefits or general wellbeing. Is there a cheaper way to nudge people to be more active?

Comment by ISCA Communications Manager Rachel Payne

Join the No Elevators Day organisers' group or Facebook event

The NowWeMOVE campaign organising team has launched a new Facebook group and event for supporters of No Elevators Day to meet and stay updated. No Elevators Day is happening on 25 April this year and anyone around the world can join in.

No Elevators Day Facebook group
No Elevators Day Facebook event

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 ice and work with schools on physical activity initiatives inside and outside the school setting. All of the resources are available to download on SlideShare.

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Did you know…?

12 fun facts about ISCA

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 special occasions with cake – as customary to Danish culture, of course. We are similarly enthusiastic about working towards one big goal – to work with organisations and individuals around the world and enable people to enjoy their human right to move. So there’s more to Moving People than “calories in – calories out”.

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Active School Communities Toolkit for Community Sport Organisations
Why should community sport organisations work with schools and what is the best way to get started?

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 male participants.

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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 opportunities for people working in both elite and grassroots sport organisations. 

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Hungarian School Sport Day recognised as official day 

The Hungarian Parliament has announced that the last Friday of each September will be recognised officially as Hungarian School Sport Day. The announcement follows on from the national success of the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s event and its expansion in Hungary and Europe, which was done through ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme and Erasmus+ projects in which ISCA has been a partner.

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