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Raise your voice about the WHO Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity: Comment by Mogens Kirkeby

This week, Health Ministers from close to 200 countries are – in the framework of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Health Assembly in Geneva – set to adopt the Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity (GAPPA). 

The official launch of the plan is expected to take place on 4 June in Lisbon.

I believe that this is a milestone – and a stepping stone to bring the promotion of physical activity higher on the agenda. In other words, to bring physical activity as high on the agenda as it deserves in relation to the well documented knowledge about its many positive social, mental and physical health effects. There is unfortunately still some way to go.

Until the official launch on 4 June we will be active on social media each day to raise awareness about how our members and partners can use this occasion to advocate physical activity in their local communities.

Read the full story and find out how you can get involved

ISCA Awards 2018 call for applicants

Get recognised for your work in creating an urban space for an active lifestyle

We want to celebrate your work! So this year, ISCA is awarding partnerships who have reimagined and transformed urban spaces into active spaces. We are calling for applications for three ISCA Awards categories for 2018: Green spaces (parks and other green areas), Black spaces (paved and asphalt spaces, including squares and roads) and Blue spaces (anywhere there is water, such as lakes, rivers or harbours). Our expert panel will award partnerships that demonstrate well-documented proof of success in working towards a common vision, meeting their objectives, having an impact on their communities, and exploring potential for their initiatives to be transferred to different contexts. 

Applications close on 10 September 2018 and the winners will be presented with their awards in Paris on 23 November. Feel free to share the call with exemplary partnerships in your network.

Find out more and apply here

7th MOVE Week starts on Monday!

MOVE Week is coming up fast! From 28 May to 3 June people around the world will get moving and try to get others to be more active too! So become a MOVE Agent and step up for the cause of movement. Organise an activity that gets people moving, from dancing to archery, and from climbing to Frisbee-ing! Be creative, be active, be one of the true stars of MOVE Week, and in turn contribute to listing physical activity rates worldwide. If you cannot find the time to organise something so close to the date, you can still take part by joining one of the many scheduled events going on over the course of the week.

How to become a MOVE Agent

Find a MOVE Week event near you

“We felt it was our duty to do something for our local refugees”: Danish tennis club

On 22 May, the ISCA team and partners in the Integration of Refugees through Sport (IRTS) project visited Birkerød Tennis Club north of Copenhagen in Denmark. Birkerød has seen an influx of refugees over the last few years, and when the first waves of people came Club chairman Jesper Tvermoes said he felt it was part of his and his club’s duty to do something to help take care of the people moving into the area, ensure that they could integrate and learn Danish.

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No Elevators Day tripled reach with first global edition

No Elevators Day went global this year, and on 25 April activities supporting the campaign reached around the globe on social media. Supporters ranged from Olympic champions to Sprite’s headquarters in Greece, and from the Social Service of Commerce in Brazil (Sesc) to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis. There were events organised in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Central America and the Middle East!

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20 European Parliament representatives supported No Elevators Day

Why continuity and innovation are equally important to sports clubs

This month I met a 70-year-old. Not a 70-year-old person, but rather a well-known member of ISCA. I joined our Italian member organisation UISP in celebrating its 70th anniversary with a seminar on advocacy for physical activity. It is quite amazing that a voluntary based civil society organisation like a sport club with few hundreds or a few thousands of members can exist for so long. That is important continuity.

Read the full comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby
THE HUMAN RIGHT TO MOVE IS FOR ALL
"Everybody should have the Human Right to MOVE and play." Eight Members of European Parliament share their views with us.

Erasmus+ funding allocation doubled in latest EU budget proposal

On Wednesday 2 May, the European Commission outlined its initial plans for new budgets for the 2021-2027 period. The is simply the first step towards their adoption, but the early figures project a doubling of funds for the Erasmus+ programme from €15 billion for 2014-2020 to €30 billion for 2021-2027.

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Conference in Australia to launch Active Healthy Kids Report Cards for 2018 

ISCA members V4Sport and BG Bulgaria will be part of the launch of the Active Healthy Kids Alliance Report Cards for 2018 at the ‘Movement to Move: Global Insights to get our Kids Moving’ conference in Adelaide, Australia, from 26-29 November. The conference is open to all stakeholders aiming to deliver more physical activity initiatives for children and young people.

Read more and register here

Latvia creates MOVE Week activity platform

ISCA member the Latvian Sport Association for All (LTSA) has been very innovative with its approach to MOVE Week in 2018, creating an online platform where each MOVE Week event organiser uploads their activity programme so that others, including other organisers, friends or colleagues, can gain information and be inspired. The city of Daugavpils is also attempting to beat its own record for organisations involved in MOVE Week, and already has 40 organisations registered!   

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Bulgaria gearing up for MOVE Week

ISCA member BG Be Active in Bulgaria has prepared and engaged numerous municipalities, sports clubs, NGOs, sports clubs and volunteers in advance of this year’s MOVE Week. They have organised training for the MOVE Agents around the country, and 14 of the biggest cities and towns in the country will have events taking place during the week. In Plovdiv the event will be extra special, as MOVE Week becomes part of the programme for the city that will become the European Capital of Culture.

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