ISCA Newsletter 126, November 2013


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MOVE Congress 2013 vision

Opportunities and innovation await in our dynamic sector 

“Innovation can be a very powerful engine for growth, but only if it follows a clear vision and mission. Innovation is not just to innovate, to create something new. You innovate because you have something to achieve.” Professor Silvano Zanusso, TechnoGym, Italy

With so many stakeholders in the sport and physical activity sector gathered in one place, the MOVE Congress 2013 was a dynamic and literally active setting to address a key question: In times of economical change, how can we find new opportunities to adapt and innovate what we are delivering in our sector?
No fewer than 63 speakers led the discussions at plenary and parallel sessions and workshops featuring vibrant initiatives including projects supported by the European Union. Some even delivered their messages from the seat of an exercise bike! And the Open Market Fair offered interactive opportunities for the participants to explore each others’ projects and opportunities for new partnerships.

So the MOVE Congress 2013 was innovative and it encouraged its participants to use change to find ways to create something new and exciting. But what is the vision and mission behind our desire to innovate?

Read the full MOVE Congress 2013 vision

Find newly uploaded interviews, photos and presentations from the Congress here

Join us at the MOVE Congress 2014 in Rome


MOVE Week 2013 exceeds expectations

Over 1200 events held in 33 countries

More than 300 MOVE Agents have signed up to stage a myriad of physical activities across Europe during MOVE Week from 7-13 October 2013. With this number expected to exceed 500 in the lead-up to the event, there will be almost double the number of activities on offer this year than during the pilot event in 2012. Choose from large-scale to cosy community events, from martial arts to ball sports to fitness to sports for people with a disability. Get your office, school or university involved – or why not organise an activity of your own?

For a recap of the activities on offer during MOVE Week 2013 visit

Interview with Yves Le Lostecque

Head of the EU Sport Unit

At a plenary sitting in Strasbourg today, the European Parliament is expected to adopt its new Erasmus+ programme for sport, education, training and youth in 2014-2020. Erasmus+ will encompass seven previous European Commission programmes such as Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action and Erasmus Mundus. The new Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission, Yves Le Lostecque, gave a preview of the programme at the Play the Game conference in Aarhus on 30 October, 2013, and ISCA interviewed him during the conference to find out more about what Erasmus+ will mean for grassroots sport.

Read the full interview here

Read more about Erasmus+ here

ISCA Annual Report 2013 now available

2013 has seen new paths open up for ISCA and its partners to get more people active. We believe that challenges should be turned into opportunities in order to give the best impulse to get society moving. This year’s Annual Report has been designed to offer you a clear picture of the action plan we followed during the past year. It provides a comprehensive insight into ISCA’s work with respect to political priorities, achievements and the numerous international projects that we have implemented. The report is available in print and online.

Request your hard copy at or download the Annual Report 2013 here

eLearning Fitness Project closes with eye on future

The eLearning Fitness Project, led by the University of Rome La Sapienza and Federazione Italiana Aerobica e Fitness Casella Postale (FIAF), is drawing to a close at the end of December, but its eLearning platform and pilot register for fitness instructors and personal trainers are set to become permanent features of the Health Fitness sectors. ISCA is one of over 90 Associate Partners from 27 countries involved in the project, which was funded for three years under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

Read the full article here

MOVE Week special edition of Sport and Citizenship journal

The Sport and Citizenship journal, produced by the French think tank in collaboration with ISCA and its partners, has dedicated its issue no24 to MOVE Week and the NowWeMove Campaign. The journal is packed with interviews, comments and best practice examples from key stakeholders in sport and physical activity spanning across sectors. Read what the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Cyclists’ Federation, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, the University of Zagreb, the City of Stuttgart, Nike and a number of MOVE Agents believe are the best ways to work together and get people moving.

Click here for a full PDF of the Sport and Citizenship MOVE Week 2013 special edition journal

News from the SFA community

Physical activity the best medicine?

If physical inactivity can increase the chance of developing non-communicable diseases, lower your mood, sleep quality and energy, and shorten your life by a number of years, surely the reverse must also be true? More and more evidence is emerging to show that exercise can be the best medicine. BBC News online recently published results from a study in the British Medical Journal, which showed that physical activity was documented as being an effective treatment among patients managing heart disease, stroke and pre-diabetes in over 300 trials in England. In relation to death rates, its benefits were “comparable” to medicine, it reported.

Read BBC News online’s article here

New EU calls for proposals released

The European Commission’s calls for general operating grant proposals have been delayed this year due to negotiations related to the new Erasmus+ programme. But a call has now been issued for applications for support under the Europe for Citizens Programme. Online forms will be available on 22 November and the deadline for submission is 20 December. The EU is also calling for expressions of interest to become an “expert” assisting the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in fields such as sport, youth and culture. New investment priorities in education and training are also expected to be voted in at the EU Parliament’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg.

See the call for applications under the Europe for Citizens Programme here

See the EACEA’s call for expressions of interest here

India to host two grassroots sport conferences in February  

Two conferences focusing on sport and physical activity will take place in India in February 2014. Visva-Bharati (A Central University of National Importance) in West Bengal has now issued a call for abstracts for its 24th Pan Asian Conference on Sports and Physical Education with special emphasis on Traditional Sports and Games from 6-10 February. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 December. Straight afterwards, NGO Magic Bus is hosting Next Step 2014: Using Sport for Good in New Delhi, from 10-14 February. Its themes cover sport for development topics such as youth development, enabling learning environments, social inclusion and tackling non-communicable diseases.

Find out more about 24paspec and Next Step 2014

EASS2014 conference call for abstracts

A call has been issued for presentation abstracts for the European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS) conference in the Netherlands, which will be held from 7-10 May 2014. The conference is being organised by the Mulier Institute, Centre for Research on Sport in Society, and host Utrecht University and will cover themes such as sport policy and governance, diversity and intersectionality, sport and development, and sport and (new) media. Abstracts are due for submission on 15 January 2014 and young presenters will be in the running to win the EASS Young Researcher Award, along with the chance to have their paper published in an academic journal.

Find more information here

Danish TV also asks why “born movers” stop

During MOVE Week 2013 a news story on Denmark’s national television DR echoed the message of the NowWeMove Campaign’s Europe-wide TV commercial “We Are Born Movers”: “Have you ever noticed that children are almost always running?” the report began. It continued, “When we get older we start walking rather than running, and then we start getting lazy.” The report pointed to the parent’s role in making their children more accustomed to sedentary behaviour and argued for a more proactive approach to keep children interested in sport and physical activity.

Read an online version of the report (in Danish) here
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New handbook on promoting mobility in children

Sabína Steinunn Halldórsdóttir from ISCA member Icelandic Youth Association (UMFÍ) has recently released an English version of a handbook she produced as part of her Sports Studies education, called ‘Competence for the Future: Handbook promoting mobility in children through play in their natural environment’. Sabína is now working with the Icelandic Directorate of Health to develop teaching and health promotion materials from the handbook.

For more information, or to get a copy of the handbook, please contact Sabína at
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