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Bike for Europe teams arrive in Vienna after 22 days and 3500km

The Bike for Europe teams took centre stage at European Village and Day of Sport (Tag des Sports) festival in Vienna on 22 September when they arrived after 22 days and 3500km combined cycling from the north and south to the centre of Europe. 

EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics was there to greet the teams and receive the last of the 23 olive trees the South Team had carried with them from Olympia, Greece, as a gesture of peace and European solidarity for each country they visited along the way to Vienna.

The teams’ arrival paved the way for Commissioner Navracsics’ speech to officially open the fourth European Week of Sport, as the tour had been promoting the #BeActive message, participation in physical activity and social inclusion in the lead-up to the week.

Read the full story and watch the teams’ arrival in Vienna in the official video filmed for the #BeActive opening
Two teams of five cyclists from five different countries and two continents started their Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour on 1 September to raise awareness about the benefits of active transport and physical activity for health, the environment and social inclusion. On Saturday they came together for the first time in Vienna.

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What is Grassroots Sport Diplomacy?

New report sheds light on a new concept

While the relationship between diplomacy and sport may, at first glance, seem obvious and even familiar, it is a subject that has long been under-studied. However, since the end of the twentieth century, and especially since the early 2000s, several universities and researchers have come to fuel the reflection on the subject, making sport diplomacy a real topic of interest and study. So where does Grassroots Sport Diplomacy fit into the picture? Together with our project partners, we present a new report, led by the French Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IRIS), Think Tank Sport and Citizenship and President of EOSE, Prof. Thierry Zintz (a member of the EU High Level Group on Sports Diplomacy), that aims to map and define this new niche in sport.

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Erasmus+ Sport 2018 results are in

ISCA, members and partners secure new event and collaborative partnership projects

After a more suspenseful wait than anticipated, the results of the Erasmus+ Sport April deadline for non-profit events and collaborative partnerships are now out. ISCA secured funding for one project that will continue the momentum of our Integration of Refugees through Sport initiatives, plus a brand new Open Streets Day that will connect Mobility Week with the European Week of Sport in 2019.

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EU Sport Unit Deputy: Bike for Europe is very relevant and timely

The Bike for Europe cross-border cycling tour has gained a lot of support from cycling advocates throughout September, none more so than the Deputy Head of the EU Sport Unit Marisa Fernandez and the Brussels Minister of Mobility and Public Works Pascal Smet. They welcomed ISCA and the Bike for Europe North Team in Brussels on 5 September and shared their thoughts with Bike for Europe coordinator, Laura Maria Tiidla, on the importance of promoting cycling.

 See the video here and read more 

“What an amazing place”: 

Laska Nenova shares her insights from MOVE Week Latin America and Sesc São Paulo

ISCA’s NowWeMOVE campaign manager Laska Nenova is in São Paulo, Brazil, this week speaking at the Semana Internacional Esporte pela Mudança Social (SIEMS) conference and being there to witness the fruits of ISCA and our members’ successful roll-out of MOVE Week (Semana Muévela) in 15 Latin American countries. Over 10,000 events are taking place from 23-30 September during the Latin American MOVE Week.

Laska visited ISCA member Sesc 24 de Maio in São Paulo and was struck by how perfectly it captures the essence of MOVEment Spaces.

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Intensive European Week of Sport weekend for ISCA team

On the weekend of 22-23 September, the fourth edition of the European Week of Sport officially started. As we reported last week, ISCA staff took place in events across Europe as the European-level organiser of the Bike for Europe tour. The ISCA team, as the coordinating body of the European Week of Sport in Denmark, where our international headqurters is based, was also present at two Danish flagship events – Move for Life, an outdoor sports festival in Aarhus, and one of the 37 Margueritløbet races, which took place in Copenhagen’s largest park, Valbyparken.

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Related: ISCA involved in European Week of Sport activities in 4 countries
Deputy head of the Sport Unit at the European Commission, Marisa Fernandez Esteban, and Brussels-Capital region Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Pascal Smet speak about the importance of #BikeForEurope.

European School Sport Day 28 September

Tomorrow is European School Sport Day, where over 7000 schools and 2 million school children around Europe will be moving on the same day as part of the biggest simultaneous school sport day on the continent. This year the concept, led by ISCA member the Hungarian School Sport Federation with partners including Youth Sport Trust and ISCA, is also being rolled out to Asia, where an International School Sport Day is being piloted in Macau and Hong Kong.

More on the day

New physical activity factsheets from WHO Europe

ISCA will visit WHO Europe as part of our European Week of Sport Denmark workplace activation tomorrow. Meanwhile, this week WHO Europe published a new set of advocacy factsheets mapping available national documents and action plans, recommendations, goals and surveillance for physical activity, and potential networks for interested stakeholders to get in touch.

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New WHO and Lancet Global Health Study

More than a quarter (1.4 billion) of the world’s adult population were insufficiently active in 2016, putting them at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers, according to the first study to estimate global physical activity trends over time. The study was undertaken by researchers from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and published in The Lancet Global Health journal.

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UN High Level Meeting on NCDs disappoints

The fight against non-communicable diseases is gaining political momentum with WHO and NCD Alliance campaigns. But advocates are criticising a political declaration that overlooks the need for governments to commit to creating change. Simply writing about “‘empowering individuals to make healthy choices,’ … fails to recognise that people cannot make healthy choices if the environments in which they live do not provide such choices,” NCD Alliance points out.

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Commission sees progress but calls for more action on Tartu call

A year after the European Commission unveiled its Tartu Call for a Healthy Lifestyle, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics has called for a more holistic approach to achieving tangible results in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and health. 

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