ISCA Newsletter August 2020: Find out how to take part in European School Sport Day 2020, participate in webinars and online conferences for physical activity professionals, check out our latest podcast and much more!

As Covid-19 disruptions continue, ISCA and members stay on track

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

For sure we are all aware of that the first half of 2020 has been very different and challenging. The overarching headline has been 'restrictions due to Covid-19'. All societies are affected, many sectors have been severely affected and we know that many ISCA members and partners are in very difficult situations. 

It is our common task to assist our members with help, ideas and solutions during and after the Covid-19 restrictions. It is our task to make sure our members see this international network, including ongoing relations and collaboration with other members, as part of the solution and not something they need to stop.

For ISCA as an umbrella organisation Covid-19 is also a potential disruption. Such major changes can give severe problems for the work we do and the funding we need to have. However, ISCA’s strategy has been not to cancel activities but to handle them online or in other ways. 

At this point we can say that we have done a good job. We can look back on a very well handled six months and know that we came through this period quite successfully. And that is a good sign!

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European School Sport Day calls for in-person and digital events

The 6th European School Sport Day, on 25 September, invites schools to show the world how they are adapting or re-starting their activities by planning in-person (offline) or digital (online) events for the day, or a mix of both. A range of resources, including the event toolkit, communications handbook, PR templates and a toolkit on this year's focus topic 'Mental Health' are now available here.

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Webinar: Learn more about European School Sport Day

As part of the MOVE Transfer EU-China project, we invite our members and newsletter subscribers to join our European School Sport Day 2020 information webinar on Wednesday 12 August at 10:00 CEST. The webinar will focus on the event's roll-out to mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong, and how schools across the world can be part of the event.

Places are limited: If you would like to join us, please contact Project Officer Hilal Erkoca to receive a link to the webinar. 

Podcast: "We matched refugee skills with community need" 

Although England has been one of Europe’s worst hit countries during the global pandemic, the MOVE Beyond project’s UK partners have still succeeded in connecting asylum seekers in Plymouth to active transport opportunities in their community – and even to employment. In our latest podcast, we find out how they did it.

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IRTS Mentoring Programme set for September launch

The open call to find 12 mentees to take part in the Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Mentoring Programme closed on 5 August, and 32 applicants from 23 countries have put themselves forward for the unique chance to be mentored by one of the experts from the IRTS field. An evaluation of the applications will decide the mentorship pairs.

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EnerEthics wins Global Design Challenge 72-hour hackathon

The first two weeks of July were busy ones for the judges of the Global Design Challenge For Sport and Physical Activity, an international hackathon where 39 teams from 5 continents spent a long weekend (26-28 June) coming up with ideas on how to promote sport and physical activity after COVID-19. EnerEthics' idea to measure Personal Wellbeing Intelligence was declared the winner.

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Landmark decision declares esports as grassroots sport

Esport is a grassroots sport on equal terms with handball, gymnastics and other association-based activities, a new ruling from the Danish Tax Assessment Council (Skatterådet) finds. It states that esports associations must be exempt from VAT – which ISCA member DGI describes as a landmark and important decision. ISCA has translated the full press release here.

Mogens Kirkeby comments: "Grassroots sport organisations should discuss fundamental questions rather than dismiss esports"

Registration open for EU Presidency conference

Within the frame of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the German Gymnastics Federation invite you to take part in an Online Presidency Conference on 24 September 2020 titled “Partnerships for Physical activity and sport -Be(come) Active!”

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Will COVID-19 propel the demand for active spaces? 

Have you been a "physical activity offender" during lockdown? ISCA Communications Manager Rachel Payne ponders the short- to long-term impact of the pandemic on physical activity in public spaces in a comment piece for Cities & Health journal: 'Will the COVID-19 outbreak propel the demand for active spaces or scare the public away?'

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