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New Eurobarometer on physical activity in the EU published today

Results stagnate, but bottom-up efforts prove to count

The Special Eurobarometer 472 on Sport and Physical Activity was announced at the EU Sport Forum in Sofia, Bulgaria today, revealing that the proportion of EU citizens that says they never play sport or exercise is up from 42% in 2014 to 46% in 2017. 

The new Eurobarometer on Sport and Physical Activity shows that levels of physical activity and sport participation have generally stagnated across Europe. What’s more, there is a clear social slant to the inactivity levels in that citizens from lower social-economic groups are significantly less active that those who are better off.

The latest Eurobarometer figures give a clear message that there is a need now, more than ever, to keep doing what we’ve been doing from the bottom up to tackle growing inactivity rates.

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ISCA President to present at EU Sport Forum today

Follow the EU Sport Forum’s live streaming tomorrow at 15:15 CET to hear ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby present in a high level session on the Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle was launched by three Commissioners last September and the high level session is the first public follow-up of the initiative. 

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Support No Elevators Day with a social media Thunderclap 

The path towards a healthier lifestyle has many stairways, and we at ISCA dare you to climb them. Even though No Elevators Day is still over a month away, we are starting now with a goal to reach over 100,000 people with a social media Thunderclap to celebrate the day on 25 April. But we need at least 100 supporters to make it happen. By supporting the Thunderclap, you can help raise awareness of the fourth annual No Elevators Day. The Thunderclap is a one-time automated message that will appear on your Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr page at 9am CET on 25 April.

Support the No Elevators Day Thunderclap here
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European Us Girls shares new insights on female peer leadership in sport 

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the European Us Girls partners, including ISCA, have shared new research on the role of female peer leaders in sport. The research report is the first product of the European Us Girls project – a Europe-wide collaboration that is rolling out StreetGames’ award-winning Us Girls programme across the continent. The research includes inspiring examples for engaging female volunteers and increasing girls’ participation in sport and physical activity, and shows how female volunteers can have a positive influence on girls’ participation.

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Grassroots sport voice will be heard at cluster meeting on ‘The economic dimension of sport’ 

ISCA's presence at the European Commission’s cluster meeting on ‘The economic dimension of sport - Why sport matters?’ will ensure grassroots sport’s perspective will be heard in the context of the 3rd EU Work Plan for Sport. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby will attend the event on 11 April in Brussels where the following three topics will be discussed: Economic benefits of sport; Tools to measure the economic benefits of sport; and Use of sport statistics data for policy making.

ISCA and Cebr produced a report on the broad-ranging economic costs of physical inactivity in Europe in 2015.

See the cluster meeting agenda here

No Elevators Day events planned on 4 continents

The fourth edition of No Elevators Day is fast approaching, and this year promises to be bigger than ever before. That's because on 25 April 2018 the event is going global, which means that no matter where you live you can take part in this exciting and invigorating awareness-raising event. Events have already been planned all around the globe, from Pakistan to Malaysia and Zambia to Brazil!

You can register an event here and join the official group or event to network with other event organisers around the world.

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A warm farewell and welcome to new volunteers

A warm thank you and farewell to ISCA Finance Manager Baptiste Colin, who will leave ISCA at the end of this month. Baptiste started as an EVS volunteer at ISCA in 2011 and continued as a project and finance manager, and will now begin a new position at the Danish Refugee Council. We also welcomed two new EVS volunteers this month, Alexander Appleyard-Keeling from the UK and Dominik Sandler from Austria, who will work in communications and event management respectively.
Revisit one of the most dynamic presentations from the MOVE Congress 2017: Gil Penalosa shares his secrets to making urban spaces more active.

Brazil hosts International Forum of Gymnastics for All this October

The International Forum of Gymnastics for All will be held from 18-21 October 2018 in the Physical Education School of Unicamp and at Sesc Campinas’ facilities in São Paulo, Brazil, and ISCA member Sesc is calling for abstracts in English, Portuguese and Spanish on research studies and pedagogical experiences in Gymnastics for All. The event is supported by ISCA.

Submit an abstract by 12 May
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Call for abstracts for PaCH 2018 workshops

ISCA member Czech Sokol Organisation invites universities, sport for all organisations, associations, institutions, maternity centres and nursery schools to register or submit and abstract for the 5th International Workshop for Instructors of Parents and Children (PaCH) this 23-25 November 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The main theme of the workshop is ‘WATER in every possible form’.

Register by 30 April
Submit an abstract by 14 May
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Open Public Consultation on the European Week of Sport

The European Commission wants citizens from around Europe to have their opinion heard on the European Week of Sport and its implementation. As our members and partners have been active participants in EWoS, this is an opportunity to have your say. The questionnaire is available in every EU language, and is open until 18 May.

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Trinidad highway closed for physical activity on Sundays

In what is being hailed as the first of its kind in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago’s Transport Minister has designated a 2km portion of highway near capital Port of Spain as a zone for a weekly road closure between 6 and 9am on Sundays. This latest open streets initiative aims to facilitate physical activity, improve local citizens' health and strengthen community engagement.

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Cycling regularly can “keep you younger for longer”

For active transport advocates, new research in England has found that an active commute not only helps reduce the natural loss of muscle mass caused by ageing, but also prevents increases in body fat and cholesterol levels, and the loss of testosterone levels in men.

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