ISCA Newsletter 123, July 2013




“Sportlight” of the month

New NowWeMove website launched


ISCA launched its brand new website for the NowWeMove Campaign this July. The website is designed as a meeting point for hundreds of people around Europe who want to promote physical activity. It is also the place to register as a MOVE Agent for the second edition of MOVE Week, the European week of sport and physical activity, which is set to take place from 7-13 October 2013.
Visit, create your own MOVE Week event and get your community moving!


Register as a MOVE Agent and win


All individuals, non-governmental organisations, schools, clubs, companies and municipalities that sign up as a MOVE Agent to coordinate and stage a MOVE Week event will have the chance to take part in MOVE Week Award contest and be in the running to win a free trip to the MOVE Congress in Barcelona, from 16-19 October 2013. MOVE Agents who create events before 22 August will also receive a MOVE Week package including t-shirts, a banner, stickers and bracelets (while supplies last).  
Find out more about MOVE Week Award and other benefits of becoming a MOVE Agent.

MOVE Congress 2013 speakers announced


The organisers of this year’s MOVE Congress have announced 26 presenters, including seven confirmed keynote speakers, who will take part in this year’s event in Barcelona from 16-19 October. The group of respected leaders and researchers in the area of sport and leisure, physical activity includes Günther Grohall from SportsEconAustria, Kelly D. Murumets from ParticipACTION, Sylvia Schenk from Transparency International and Jean Camy from the University of Lyon.
See the full list here and find out what the experts would like to learn from MOVE Congress 2013.

Become a MOVE Congress 2013 contributor


The 20 August deadline to submit a presentation idea for the MOVE Congress 2013’s Open Market Fair is rapidly approaching. The Open Market Fair gives stakeholders in the field of grassroots sport the opportunity to present their experiences, knowledge and research into topics impacting the sector and actively contribute to the MOVE Congress 2013. All Open Market Fair presenters receive free registration to the MOVE Congress 2013.
Find out how to submit your presentation abstract here.

ACTIVE Network Partners Build New Relations


Partners of the ACTIVE Network project in Romania, Cyprus, Slovakia and Spain are preparing to host meeting forums for municipalities and sports organisations in their own countries between September and November. The aim of the twinning meetings is to build effective working relationships between the two types of institutions, identify good examples of working in partnerships and develop new ideas for future collaborations. 
To see the themes and topics some of our project partners are focusing on click here.
To read more about the ACTIVE Network project click here.

Interview with ACTIVE Network partner KOA


The cornerstone of successful partnership is cooperation, understanding and trust. ISCA and its ACTIVE Network project partners used this idea to guide a discussion on their project’s vision and objectives, to find common path for developing the project and to share knowledge and experiences. The process started with interviews that will now be used to focus the project’s plan and future activities. Here we present the interview with the Cyprus Sport Organisation (KOA). 
Read the full interview here.

Lords of Health – Multipliers of Healthy Lifestyles


A seven-day training course titled Lords of Health – Multipliers of Healthy Lifestyles was held in Cyprus this July, giving young participants the knowledge, tools and methodologies to boost their own health and wellbeing as well as the strategies they use to promote the positive links between sport and health to young people in their communities. The course, co-run by trainers from WOW Sport/ISCA and NECI, ran from 12-19 July and engaged 19 participants from nine European countries.  

Read more about the Lords of Health training course here.

Inspiration, ideas and contacts gained at Social Entrepreneurship Training for Youth Leaders in Bulgaria


ISCA’s first Social Entrepreneurship Training for Youth Leaders course gathered 24 participants from 12 different countries in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from 17-23 June to gain the motivation, new approaches and networking contacts they need to become entrepreneurs working towards social good. Three young volunteers and one of the trainers who participated reflected on the experiences and innovative learning methods the programme had to offer in blogs for Anti-discrimination Backpack and European Athletes. 
Read the participants’ and trainer’s blogs.
See photos from the event on ISCA’s Facebook page and see the event through one of the participant’s eyes.

UISP’s Mondiali Antirazzisti 2013 combines sport, peace and 8000 participants


Imagine an international sporting event combining 8000 peaceful participants and spectators, non-competitive competitions, workshops, entertainment for adults and kids, and “friendly security guards”. ISCA staff member Patryk Klos recounts his experience of a unique sporting festival, Mondiali Antirazzisti, which was staged by Italian sport for all organisation and ISCA member UISP from 3-7 July. 
Read the full story here.

News from the SFA community

WHO Europe report on physical activity and socially disadvantaged groups launched in July


The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe delivered its final report on the promotion of physical activity among socially disadvantaged groups on 16 July in connection with the EU co-funded Physical Activity and Networking project (PHAN). The report highlights how vital, yet challenging, it is to implement specific policies aiming to engage hard-to-reach populations in organised sport and exercise, as the WHO’s new research indicates these groups are most at risk of developing life-threatening diseases as a result of inactive lifestyles.
Download the policy summary and full report at WHO Europe’s website.
Find out how ISCA’s NowWeMove campaign, MOVE project and other European initiatives are already addressing the challenge.

Australian Research Council grant awarded to address prevalent drinking culture in community sport


It is well documented that sport for all organisations and specialist researchers are working hard to promote the health and social benefits associated with participating in community sport. However, the Australian Drug Foundation and University of Newcastle have now found that a prevalence of alcohol abuse in Australian community sports clubs is undermining these positive effects by fuelling incidences of violence and antisocial behaviour among members. In partnership with Hunter New England Health, they have now been awarded a $515,000 grant from the Australian Research Council to develop a tool that will help sports club staff deal with this growing threat to Australia’s community sport culture.
Read the University of Newcastle’s press release here.
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