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"My most culturally enriching experience as a PE teacher"

Integration of Refugees through Sport partners gain valuable insights

“The young men you’re about to meet are mostly from Afghanistan, aged between 16 and 20. They all came to Denmark unaccompanied. They are living in asylum centres around the country and their cases are being processed, but their future is uncertain.”
 
When Morten Andersson, who for almost two years led a specially established “asylum school” in Ollerup on the Danish island of Funen, prepared ISCA and our Nordic partners of our Nordplus supported Integration of Refugees through Sport project to interview a group of 20 young refugees, he gave us more than a quick briefing on a group of people we didn’t know. Several hours prior to the meeting he shared with us a wealth of cultural and pedagogical insights he had gained over two years working with some of the most vulnerable people living in Denmark.
 
“This has been my most culturally enriching experience in many years of teaching PE,” Morten told us at the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education. The complex task he was given when establishing the asylum school was to develop a physical education approach that would meet the asylum seekers’ needs, support their rehabilitation and help them learn essential language and social skills.

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Refugees speak out about the realities of sport and integration:
“Physical activity can’t change our situation, but it can change how we feel”

Save the dates

No Elevators Day and MOVE Week 2018

The time to start planning your next No Elevators Day or MOVE Week event is now. The official dates for the NowWeMOVE campaign’s biggest events in the first half of 2018 are set: No Elevators Day will take place on 25 April and MOVE Week from 28 May-3 June.

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32 new member organisations join ISCA

At the 2017 ISCA General Assembly on 7 October, ISCA members voted to ratify 32 new membership applications from community sport organisations, clubs, associations federations, educational institutions and municipalities on six continents. This brings the total number of ISCA members up to 235 organisations. The ISCA network welcomes 12 new member organisations from Europe, 11 from Africa, 6 from Asia, and one from both North and Latin America and one from Oceania.

See the list of new ISCA members here
Growing the MOVEment: ISCA General Assembly looks to the future

Three European Commissioners call for Healthy Lifestyle initiative

ISCA welcomes the Tartu Call for Healthy Lifestyle, announced by the EU Commissioners for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport; Health and Food Safety; and Agriculture and Rural Development in September. This is a positive initiative. But it is also important to underline that the goal of creating a healthy lifestyle for more citizens is not a quick fix. It needs investment at all levels. However, with €80 billion being the cost of physical inactivity annually the return on investment seems obvious.

Read the full comment by ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby, who was in Tartu for the announcement

Read more in this ISCA report

MOVE Week Latin America celebrated with over 10,000 events in 14 countries

MOVE Week in Latin America (Semana MOVE Brasil in Brazil and Semana Muévela in other countries) was celebrated in three new countries from 23-30 September 2017 and tripled the number of activities offered across the continent from 3284 to 10,091. This year, Semana Muévela took place in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. No fewer than 789 cities took part.

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Active School Communities edition of Sport and Citizenship journal now online

As part of the Erasmus+ supported Active School Communities project, led by ISCA member BG Be Active, Sport and Citizenship (a partner in the project) has dedicated its latest journal to school sport, featuring the project's pilot of a toolkit facilitating cooperation between community sport organisations and schools.

Online access to the journal is restricted to Sport and Citizenship members, so please contact Sport and Citizenship to inquire about access to an online or printed copy.

"Civil society is a critical player in physical activity promotion"

Interview with Jo Jewell from WHO Europe

Last month, WHO Europe welcomed ISCA and the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education at the UN headquarters (UN City) in Copenhagen to celebrate “the most active day in Europe” during the European Week of Sport. WHO Europe Technical Officer Jo Jewell helped spread the #BeActive message as he worked his way around the Ollerup students’ and ISCA’s 10 active stations. Jewell tells us why he believes it’s so important for NGOs big and small to be “critical players” in raising awareness about the health benefits of physical activity and influencing policy and actions from governments.

Read the full interview here or watch the video
Read more about the most active day at UN City

MOVE Congress presentations added to NowWeMOVE SlideShare

We are adding presentations from the MOVE Congress to the NowWeMOVE SlideShare page as they become available. Make sure you check out the page for any recent additions. Video of the plenary presentations will also be available soon.

View the presentations here
WHY INVEST IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?
ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby talks at the EU Healthy Lifestyle panel debate in Tartu about how different sectors can work together to save Europe €80 billion a year.

European Cyclists' Federation and WHO Europe offer free HEAT webinar

Learn how to speak “Transport Economics” on 6 November - the 60-minute webinar will be led by WHO and ECF, showing how to use WHO’s HEAT tool and how it can help you to promote cycling. WHO developed the HEAT tool to provide transport engineers with an estimate of the societal value of reduced mortality from the physical activity of regular walking or cycling.

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Erasmusx10 debate on 21 November

As part of the Erasmusx10 campaign to increase the budget allocated to the EU’s Erasmus+ programme by ten times, the coalition leading the campaign (Lifelong Learning Platform, European Youth Forum and eurodesk) is hosting a debate at the European Parliament in Brussels. The debate will be part of Lifelong Learning Week and registration is still open.

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Sign the Erasmusx10 petition to support the campaign

The latest call for Erasmus+ proposals is out now

ISCA and Cebr physical inactivity numbers cited in EU-wide advocacy efforts

In connection with the new Tartu Call for Healthy Lifestyle, figures from ISCA and Cebr's report, the Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe, are being used to raise awareness about the "sedentary pandemic" and public health. 

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Statistics Canada evaluates “24-hour Movement Guidelines” for children

Statistics Canada has published a new report and infographic on physical activity levels and factors influencing these levels among children aged from 5 to 17. The study shows that less than 20% of Canadian children are meeting the 24-hour Movement Guidelines developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology in 2016.

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Australian state appoints Head of new Office for Women in Sport and Recreation

The Victorian government in Australia set up a new Office for Women in Sport and Recreation this year, and it has now appointed a former cyclist as its chief of office. The initiative claims to be a “trailblazing” effort to “support women in leadership roles, in both elite and grassroots sport, on and off the field”.

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Photo header: Jan K. Madsen (Copenhagen Runners High, DGI)

Photo footer: Nathalie Germain Julskov (WHO Europe and UN City Copenhagen)
 
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