ISCA Newsletter: Make a proactive start to the New Year: Add our latest resources to your toolbox or enrol in a course that gives you exclusive insights into the grassroots sport and physical activity sector. Or reach out to us for your chance to host the MOVE Congress 2021!

Gather support for your diplomatic work with our Grassroots Sport Diplomacy Policy Recommendations 

Today ISCA and our partners from the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project have published a series of policy recommendations as a driver for action, further debate and development in this brand new field. 

Grassroots Sport Diplomacy is a new concept we have pioneered to recognise the growing impact of grassroots sport in connecting communities and facilitating diplomatic actions. It is a concept that has great potential to deliver impact for citizens across the world, as well as for governments, policy makers and other stakeholders. To unleash this potential, it is important that the relevant partners understand and play their part.

We have developed these Grassroots Sport Diplomacy Policy Recommendations together with our partners from the EU-supported project that gave rise to the concept. The document offers suggestions to governments, NGOs and individuals, respectively, on how to engage in and expand the potential of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy.

Download and share the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy Policy Recommendations

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Don't be stuck in yesterday's way of thinking about sport or diplomacy - or 'sports diplomacy'. Grassroots Sport Diplomacy is a real opportunity for our sector to make a difference to international relations. Find out more at diplomacy.isca.org

Get a head start with your professional development in the New Year

Try our free courses at learn.isca.org

Finished taming your inbox, conquering pending tasks and planning for the year ahead? Use this moment to get a head start on your own professional development by discovering opportunities and approaches that can help support your work. Try our free online courses offering practical peer-to-peer guidance on physical activity promotion through advocacy, diplomacy, refugee inclusion, active urban spaces, and conducting fitness assessments. Discover more below or at learn.isca.org.

Diplomacy is an opportunity for us in grassroots sport

The Grassroots Sport Diplomacy online course draws on an extensive consultation of stakeholders from around the world and seven pilot initiatives. By completing the course, you should be able to describe Grassroots Sport Diplomacy and distinguish it from sport diplomacy, cultural diplomacy and other related concepts. You will learn how to identify key actors and how to approach relevant stakeholders who can work with you on your actions. 

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Inspiring insights on Integration of Refugees Through Sport

If you are working with, or are considering working with, initiatives to support refugees settle into their new communities, our free course will equip you with inspiring – and often moving – first-hand insights from our expert partners in Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the UK. The course captures essential learning points from our project partners’ and local programme leaders’ experiences in working with this vulnerable target group.

Create spaces where people want to MOVE

MOVEment Spaces are places that encourage local community members to use their surroundings to be active for their health and wellbeing. The MOVEment Spaces online course is designed by and for grassroots sport organisations, local authorities and urban planners. Learn how you can work together, get support, identify target groups and activities that can be delivered in urban spaces, and to measure the social impact of the activities.

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Raise your voice and put physical activity on the agenda

When you want to influence change in the world, you need to be convincing. But it can be a challenge to communicate effectively with decision-makers. That’s why ISCA teamed up with international organisations from the active transport, education, health, facility and physical activity sectors to create the ActiveVoice online course. Their expert advice will help you and your organisation become better equipped as healthy lifestyle advocates.

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Learn how to conduct and consult on fitness tests

One of ISCA’s largest member organisations, the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) led the development of the European Fitness Badge, an assessment and consultation tool for people of all ages and fitness levels. The European Fitness Badge online course gives a step-by-step guide to conducting the tests, plus other features including an Online Data Platform (ODP), further reading materials, and contact information so users can reach out to the project partners and experienced users of the tool.

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Are you our next
MOVE Congress host or Erasmus+ project partner?

You - yes you in the third row! Or you at the back: We know you want to MOVE people.

Get in touch with the ISCA team if you're interested in bidding to host the next MOVE Congress in 2021. Or do you have a big project idea or are looking to partner in an EU project? Reach out to us in plenty of time before the EU's Erasmus+ Sport project application deadline on 2 April 2020.

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