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ISCA opinion on Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

By signing the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle at the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU’s Seminar on Healthy Lifestyles on 22 September, the three Commissioners Tibor Navracsics, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Phil Hogan (represented at the event by Commissioner Mario Milouchev) took the first step to support the primary objective of the European Union “to promote peace and well-being of its citizens”. 
What will be the next steps and who will follow?

In particular, one of their 15 proposed actions has the potential to support the EU’s overall objective if it is unfolded and utilised to the full.

Action 7 declares to “Pursue co-operations among relevant Commission services to coordinate actions to promote healthy lifestyles and related funding”. As simple as it may sound, such cross-sector collaboration has often proven to be a major barrier in physical activity promotion. And action should follow on from the commitments!

ISCA would strongly recommend some specific actions as a follow-up to the Tartu Call. And as always, we are committed to doing our part as well. This is why after each of the suggestions we present here, we also make our commitment to action to make the Tartu declaration come to life!

Read the full comment and suggestions here

City of Paris “on the MOVE”

At the recent ISCA General Assembly, Sport Adviser Mr Paolo Guidi from the City of Paris’s Youth and Sports Department presented a vision for his city that would give more priority to physical activity promotion and facilitation across departments including transport and urban planning. The vision of Mme Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Mr Jean-François Martins, Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of all the questions relating to sport and tourism, is a “humans first” approach – and it is a challenge for every city official to help make it happen.

In light of Paris being awarded the 2024 Olympic Games and the new strategy to create more urban facilities, the challenge lies in creating purposeful active and open spaces with multidimensional uses.

What is a moving city in 2017, and what could it be in 2024?

New ISCA project to feature at EU Sport Diplomacy Seminar

ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg has been invited to present ISCA’s new EU-supported project “Grassroots Sport Diplomacy” as one of three good practices in the European Commission’s Seminar on Sport Diplomacy next Wednesday 6 December. Starting next year, the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project will develop an entirely new concept in a new space within the sport sector – exploring how civil society organisations work across borders and take sport diplomacy from being a handshake between elite actors to diplomatic actions at the grassroots level. 

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ISCA President presented at Play the Game conference

This week, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby spoke in four sessions at the biennial Play the Game conference in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. Besides covering the governance challenges in sport, Play the Game has a focus on the cultural and participation aspects of sport. 

Kirkeby presented at the following sessions and the videos are now available on-demand on YouTube
  • Reform in sport: An inside job or an outside intervention? (Chair)
  • 10 years after the White Paper: What has the EU achieved in sport?
  • Kazan Action Plan: Real action or words on paper?
  • Who owns the future? The battle over new trends in sport
See the full programme here

European Youth Health Champions project developing a course for peer educators

ISCA member StreetGames gathered its partners, including ISCA, of the European Youth Health Champions in Malta last week to develop the framework for a course that will be tested in the UK by 60 international youth leaders in June 2018. The focus of the project is on peer education, and young people with otherwise limited opportunities will be invited to shape the course and its online learning materials, which will help tailor the tools to meet the needs of other young leaders in health-enhancing and awareness programmes. The learning materials will be underpinned by research conducted by partner the Royal Society for Public Health, including focus groups and a survey with over 200 young people from 18 EU countries. Thank you to ISCA newsletter readers who completed the survey. The full results will be published next year.

Read more about European Youth Health Champions

PASS project holds closing conference in Brussels

The EU-supported PASS project is holding its final conference on 5 December in Brussels. ISCA member Sport and Citizenship has led the project with the support of 6 European partners, including ISCA. The project started in January 2015 as an attempt to shed new light on physical activity policies across Europe. The project paid particular attention to five settings: education, sport industry, health, grassroots sports and cities. The final conference will present the project’s research and recommendations.

Read more and register here
ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby talks at the EU Healthy Lifestyle panel debate in Tartu about how different sectors can work together to save Europe €80 billion a year.

Erasmusx10 is 2000 signatures away from petition goal

Today at European Parliament, the Erasmus+ programme is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a closing event. Live streaming of the event is available here from 15:30 CET. In connection to the event, the Erasmusx10 campaign to increase the budget allocated to the EU’s Erasmus+ programme by ten times is calling for more e-signatures to reach its petition goal of 5000. The coalition leading the campaign is the Lifelong Learning Platform, European Youth Forum and eurodesk.

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Sign the Erasmusx10 petition to support the campaign

The latest call for Erasmus+ proposals is out now

Magic Bus partners with ESPN to create “safe spaces” in India

In countries where using urban spaces to be physically active first demands better safety and hygiene in these spaces, extra help is often needed to get new initiatives off the ground. Magic Bus in India has secured a partnership with ESPN to roll out its “Safe Spaces” programme this month. Read more to find out how this cross-sector partnership came about.

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Anti-doping awareness campaign for youth gains momentum

Spreading anti-doping messages is just as important at the grassroots as well as the elite level of sport, ISCA member UISP believes. With an EU grant, UISP is extending its best practice of a social media communication and awareness-raising campaign for young people on the damage caused by the use/abuse of banned substances, the effects of doping on psycho-physical wellbeing, and social and ethical values of sport. The campaign is using the hashtag #DopOut to gain momentum on social media. ISCA is a partner in the project.

#DopOut Facebook page

New Canadian infographic on daily physical activity

Ever wondered how to define everyday physical activity? From organised sport, to domestic chores, activities in the workplace and active transport, there are many ways to count active minutes. The Alberta Centre for Active Living has published a new infographic showing the possibilities.

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