ISCA Special Edition Newsletter June 2020: We celebrate World Refugee Day by launching a brand new platform, fresh insights from our Integration of Refugees Through Sport partners on running activities #WithRefugees under lockdown and much more!

On World Refugee Day: New network unites Integration of Refugees Through Sport initiatives

Today ISCA has launched a brand new network in the field of Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS). The IRTS Networking Platform is supported by the EU to unite IRTS initiatives and build organisations’ and individuals’ capacities to achieve more impact through offline and online learning and mentoring opportunities.

ISCA has invited 69 organisations from 20 countries that have run or are running EU-supported IRTS projects to start building the network. Their representatives will gather for the first time on Tuesday 23 June at an online conference featuring guest speakers from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Italy’s largest sport for all NGO working with refugees (UISP International), the EU Sport Unit, and Iranian refugee Ali Noghandoost, who is a candidate for the Tokyo Olympics in Taekwondo.

Open calls will be released over the coming months for other organisations to join the network through its mentoring programme, awards scheme and an international conference.

Read more here and discover more below

Call for mentees to participate in IRTS Mentoring Programme

Are you working with refugee inclusion through sport – or plan to work in this field – and need some help to get started or make a bigger impact? Then we invite you to apply to be part of ISCA’s brand new Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS) Mentoring Programme.

Read more and apply here

New report explores sport and humanitarian partnerships

Our MOVE Beyond project partners spoke to sport and non-sport stakeholders, including refugees working in the field, to gather perspectives on the barriers to working together and advice on how to overcome them. The results are published in a new report led by DEMOS in Belgium.

Browse the full report here
Read our summary

Registration now open for Global Design Challenge 

ISCA has joined forces with some of Ireland’s leading sporting organisations to launch a global challenge aimed at reimagining what sport and physical activity might look like after the Covid-19 pandemic. Teams are invited to register for the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity hackathon on 26-28 June 2020. Create and pitch your solutions for a chance to win support for your ideas.
Read more or register here

Podcast: "Why we were stricter than the Swedish authorities"

Sweden is one of the only countries in the world that didn’t shut down all sporting activities and kept gathering limits up at 50 people. But StreetGames Gothenburg and Save the Children Region West weren't willing to take the chance and risk their participants’ health. So how did they and our MOVE Beyond partners in UK, Northern Italy and Denmark continue their activities under lockdown?

Read the full story here
Listen to the podcast with our Swedish partners

Over 130 sources helped us map sport for development job roles

This week, the CHANGE project partners reviewed and discussed the results of the research phase of the project, led by EOSE Skills, that included 34 telephone interviews with sport for development organisations from the local to global level, and a literature review of over 100 academic papers, reports and job descriptions. The results will be used to produce occupational descriptors and standards for sport for development roles.

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Coping with local challenges across continents: EU-China

Our MOVE Transfer EU-China partners are already accustomed to meeting online, so we have continued our meetings without any challenge during the pandemic, including the project's mid-term conference. This week, 52 participants from 21 countries on 4 continents took part in the online conference to discuss how the pandemic is affecting schools, outdoor activities and senior sport in Europe and China.

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Physical literacy definitions vary greatly across the world

The task to define and establish physical literacy as a concept has stimulated a growing body of research over the past 20 years, as well as projects such as ISCA’s Physical Literacy for Life. But rather than arriving at a common understanding of the concept, researchers are publishing vastly different definitions and interpretations. Our partners explore why in a new paper.

Read more here

ISCA member spotlight: MOVE Malta's revolution on 2 wheels

MOVE Malta founder Cynthia Debono didn't let the pandemic stop her cycling group from keeping active. Her story on life under lockdown is now  published in The Malta Independent newspaper: "Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action," she writes. "During this difficult time, cycling has brought us together more than ever before and it empowered us to keep going!"

Read the full story

Denmark releases reopening guidelines for sport and fitness

On 8 June, DGI, DIF and Company Sports announced guidelines for sports activities spanning indoor and outdoor sports, swimming, fitness centres and gyms, summer schools and camps. The framework is based on the Ministry of Culture's "Guidelines for the reopening of sports and association life outdoors and indoors". ISCA swiftly translated the guidelines into English to enable sharing and inspiration for other countries.

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#BeActive Beach Games guide and event manual now available

To promote physical activity at the beach, five national and two international sports organisations, including ISCA, have launched easy-to-use guides to organising activities and events in the open air on natural and artificial beaches. The resources have been developed as part of the EU-supported #BeActive Beach Games, which was piloted in Latvia and Portugal last year. The materials are freely accessible on the official BeActive Beach Games website.

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