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As we begin 2019, what is the status of physical activity globally?

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

This is the time of year when many of us take stock of the past and make some wishes or even resolutions for the coming year. So let’s take this opportunity to glance back at the status of physical activity worldwide as we MOVE from 2018 to 2019.

Towards the end of 2018, the medical journal The Lancet published a worldwide score of 72.5% of sufficient physical activity among citizens (meaning that 27.5% of our fellow citizens have an insufficient level of physical activity). The study reviewed surveys available from around the world (358 surveys across 168 countries, including 1.9 million participants) to calculate this figure. 

What is quite interesting – and alarming – is that there was no positive change from 2001 to 2016. And that means, as stated in The Lancet’s article, “If current trends continue, the 2025 global physical activity target (a 10% relative reduction in insufficient physical activity) will not be met. Policies to increase population levels of physical activity need to be prioritised and scaled up urgently”.

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Change the Game: It’s your MOVE

Save the date for the MOVE Congress 2019 

The 9th MOVE Congress is set unearth the next game-changers for grassroots sport and physical activity promotion. Are you one of them? Save the date for one of the world’s biggest conferences dedicated to grassroots sport and physical activity and get ready to join us in Budapest, Hungary, on 16-18 October 2019. If you’ve already experienced a taste of the MOVE Congress in Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Paris, Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Rome or Birmingham, you won’t want to miss the next edition, which promises to be the most interactive yet. 

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European Us Girls online training course and app now available

Following the interactive workshop that launched the European Us Girls platform at the MOVING People – MOVING Europe conference in Paris in November, the project’s online training course and app are now ready for you to access for free! The project partners (StreetGames, ISCA, EOSE, Uisp, V4Sport and Women Win), together with 20 female peer leaders, have aimed to tailor the online training course especially for organisations and individuals looking to develop and/or improve their female peer leadership offer. The application is designed for the peer leaders to use themselves. 

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Record 12.5 million people participated in MOVE Week Latin America

When Maria Luiza Souza Dias, Sesc Manager of Physical Sportive Development and ISCA Vice President, presented the final tally of MOVE Week Latin America (Semana Move and Semana Muévela) countries, events and participants at the end of 2018, we couldn’t believe our eyes… With two new countries on board (Guatemala and Panama), plus 59,859 events and 12.5 million participants, this year’s edition, held from 22-30 September, was not just the biggest yet – it smashed last year’s results with four times the number of participants and over three times more events!

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ActiveVoice project the spark that ignited advocacy actions across Europe

“We believe that ActiveVoice should not be seen as a project that has a beginning and the end, but more like a spark to embed advocacy into our organisations’ DNA. We have a plan that everyone involved in our organisation’s work should be ready for advocacy at any time and place and be ready to present appropriate data whenever suitable. This has already happened on many occasions during the ActiveVoice project.” V4Sport President Jakub Kalinowski captures the ActiveVoice project partners’ motivation to continue their work after their advocacy efforts reached out to over 1500 stakeholders in education, as well as Ministers and other decision markers.

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MOVEment Spaces mean more people moving in Wroclaw

ISCA’s MOVEment Spaces project brought together five grassroots sport organisations from around Europe and their corresponding cities to collect, share and implement good practices that encourage participation in physical activity in public urban spaces. The opportunity to use their NGO-city partnerships to trial “Local Programme Experimentations” put the partners’ solutions for activating local populations into practice. ISCA puts the spotlight on these partners, starting with Wroclaw, Poland.

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ADVOCACY: WHERE SHOULD I START?
Our expert partners from the ActiveVoice project share their secrets to success in physical activity advocacy. Learn more at learn.isca.org

WHO will focus on connecting with stakeholders to implement GAPPA in 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is kicking off the new year with an ambition to connect with more stakeholders and countries to achieve its Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) 2030 target of a 15% reduction in physical inactivity worldwide. Read more to access their new resources and find out about the GAPPA developments expected in 2019.

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Skills survey for sport and physical activity sector employees

The European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) is conducting the first EU-wide skills survey covering the whole sport and physical activity sector. The results will be analysed at both the EU and national level and will be presented and discussed in national stakeholder groups and in the first EU Skills Summit planned for September 2019. The survey closes Friday 25 January.

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Voluntary position available at BG Be Active

ISCA member BG Be Active Association is looking for one young person (18 up to 29 years old) from the EU countries to be part of their new EVS project “Let’s MOVE Bulgaria”. The project’s activities will be part of NowWeMOVE campaign in Bulgaria, which BG Be Active has coordinated for the past 5 years, and their new initiative The_Spot.

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Hot off the press! New book by Dr Jayne Greenberg

ISCA North America Chair Dr Jayne Greenberg is the lead author of a new textbook to be rolled out in US universities for undergraduate students studying physical education, called Organization and Administration of Physical Education: Theory and Practice. The book features “tips, nuggets of wisdom, and examples from the field”.

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Free online book on grassroots esports

ISCA member DGI is exploring how esports are being used by grassroots associations to attract membership and promote their values. DGI Esport’s Martin Fritzen shares his insights in a free ebook that has been updated and relaunched this month. 

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