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ISCA highlights civil society role in feedback to WHO on “Global action plan to promote physical activity” draft

As ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby wrote in last month's top story, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is developing a “Global action plan to promote physical activity”, and it is expected to be adopted at the World Health Assembly in May 2018. A draft is now published and open for consultation until the end of this week.

ISCA has gathered comments from our member organisations on the draft and will in our response tomorrow highlight the key role that civil society organisations and grassroots sport can play to promote physical activity. We will also underline the relevance of various ISCA initiatives and the availability of ISCA and its member organisations to deliver on the promises of the action plan with member states and other stakeholders.

Read the summary of our general comments here

The draft action plan and progress towards its development can be accessed here 

Don’t miss the MOVE Congress registration deadline!

Many sport-for-all promoters have already marked in their calendars three important dates – 4-6 October when the MOVE Congress 2017 takes place in Birmingham, UK. If you still haven’t reserved your ticket then the right moment is now – registration closes on Sunday 24 September. The full pass (250 euros) will guarantee you a ticket to one of the most dynamic conferences in our field. 

See the latest programme and register now

ISCA President to speak at Estonian Presidency conference tomorrow

Tomorrow, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby will present at the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU’s conference ‘Sport, Education, University: Joining efforts for athletes' dual career and active societies’. The conference runs from 20-23 September and Kirkeby will speak about the cost of physical inactivity in Europe in the ‘Importance of sport and physical activity for society’ session, and in the roundtable discussion ‘Enabling the environment – make the healthy option the easy option’.

Watch the live stream of the event here

ISCA to get WHO and UN offices moving on Europe’s most active day

The International Sport and Culture Association, as designated coordinator of the European Week of Sport in Denmark, will be getting staff at the UN headquarters in Copenhagen moving on 27 September at part of “the most active day in Europe”. Together with a team of international students from the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education, ISCA will organise MOVEment Pills office exercise sessions, come-and-try activities, and a taste of the European Fitness Badge fitness tests during the lunch break in the UN City Lobby area. 

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Join in European Fitness Day or the FlashMOVE on 27 September

Erasmusx10 campaign aims to give Erasmus+ budget a massive boost 

What would €2.66 billion mean to the sport and physical activity sector in Europe? If the new Erasmusx10 campaign from the EU’s Lifelong Learning Platform, European Youth Forum and Eurodesk gathers enough momentum and supporters, we could soon find out. If the campaign succeeds, it will increase the Erasmus+ programme budget by TEN times.

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Laska Nenova to present at Active Schools seminar on European School Sport Day

On Friday 29 September, coinciding with the third European School Sport Day and the European Week of Sport, ISCA partner Sport and Citizenship is hosting a one-day seminar called Active Schools, Active Kids! at the EU Committee of Regions in Brussels. ISCA’s Laska Nenova will present at the seminar alongside representatives from the International School Sport Federation (ISF), Play International and Nike.

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Get ready for European School Sport Day

BG Be Active: How we’re using advocacy to get Europe’s least active people MOVING 

ISCA member and ActiveVoice project partner BG Be Active from Bulgaria is a young non-profit organisation, established in 2011, that is raising awareness and moving people in Europe’s least active country. How has BG Be Active succeeded in gathering support for the NowWeMOVE campaign and its activities in Bulgaria, securing funding, government support, media coverage and increasing participation? Bilyana Mileva shares some of her organisation’s secrets with us.

Read the full story
Find out about BG Be Active's new partnership with Lidl for European School Sport Day
Get your business cards ready for some serious networking at the MOVE Congress 2017!
Semana Muévela (MOVE Week Latin America) is getting ready to launch on Saturday 23 September - 12 countries are taking part.

Estonia to reform "physical activity education"

Next year, physical education in Estonia will be making a big transition towards a more holistic system, where the main focus will be on physical activity and self-assessment. We spoke with Maret Pihu, Lecturer in Didactics in University of Tartu to learn more about the reform.

Read the interview

Czech Sokol calls for expressions of interest for XVIth All-Sokol Slet event

ISCA member the Czech Sokol Organisation is inviting performance teams and individuals to express their interest in attending the XVIth All-Sokol Slet 2018 in Prague, the Czech Republic, which will take place from 1-7 July 2018. The last All-Sokol Slet was held in 2012 in Prague.

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WalkSafe and BikeSafe Programs in the United States: Guest blogger

Safe Routes to School, Vision Zero, and Complete Streets are three movements that have gained increasing attention and support in the United States. These movements support not only active transportation and the right to move, but most importantly, the right to move safely in one’s community.

Read the guest blog post from Jonathan N. Hooshmand

Gil Penalosa: We believe the citizens are the experts

Gil Penalosa founded the non-profit organisation 8 80 Cities in 2007 with a simple but powerful philosophy: if you create a great city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people. Hence how the name 8 80 Cities came to life.

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EU dismisses commercial fitness complaint over local sports associations’ “illegal” State support 

The EU decision that it is legal for a State to support local sports associations running fitness centres for their members came as good news for ISCA member DGI in Denmark.

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