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“Waiting for Ronaldo”

ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg reflects on the WHO Global Action Plan for Physical Activity launch

After quite an inclusive process, the WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – More Active People for a Healthier World (GAPPA) was launched on 4 June in Lisbon, Portugal. And really, one has to look closely to find anything to disagree with!
The Plan is an excellent global driver for the Physical Activity agenda in the years ahead. It is well-formulated, evidence-based, cross-sectoral and balanced. It is now also supported by some nice visuals, including a “Let’s be active” slogan, a video, and key messaging.
During the day, there was even speculation that maybe – just maybe – football superstar Ronaldo would show up! And there was a buzz in the audience for the same reason.
Did Ronaldo show up and would it make a difference?

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Full Global Action Plan and Summary now available

The Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030 – More Active People for a Healthier World (GAPPA) was adopted at the 71st World Health Assembly on 24 May in Geneva, Switzerland, and published to coincide with the official launch in Lisbon. The plan calls for an interconnected cross-sector approach to reduce physical inactivity across the globe by 15% by 2030. In addition to civil society, this means governmental and non-governmental actors, the private sector, research institutions and the broader health sector all need to play a part in putting the plan into action.

Read more and download a summary of the report here

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). We call these spaces MOVEment Spaces because they enable citizens to enjoy their human right to MOVE. 

Read more and apply now

Eight ways the EU Commission's regulation proposals for Erasmus+ could affect the sport sector

Last week the European Commission unveiled its proposal for a new so-called regulation for the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-2027. While this is not the final text and budget, ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg shares eight main points of interest for our sector and members.

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Highlights from the 7th MOVE Week

MOVE Week took place for the 7th year from 28 May to 3 June, and with the event being tested globally, people from all around the world got moving in a variety of ways. ISCA took some time out of the office to enjoy the "heatwave" in Copenhagen to do some slow biking - inspired by the Greek "Slow biking against doping" activities for the UISP project #DopOut - and extreme biking bocce. And StepJockey stepped on board as a partner, using MOVE Week as a launching pad for its new programme aimed at getting sedentary children more active.

See some of the action from MOVE Week in HungaryItaly, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia and Spain

New #DopOut video presents anti-doping messages from peer-to-peer

How can we combat doping in sport? By sharing messages conceived by young people and addressed to other young people. This is the purpose of the new #DopOut video that was presented to Italian school students on Wednesday 6 June in Rome at the Coni (Italian Olympic Committee) Sport School. "#DopOut – Social network and peer education against doping" is an Erasmus+ project coordinated by ISCA member Uisp, in which ISCA is a partner.

Read more and see the video here
ISCA advocates physical activity through the NowWeMOVE campaign… Why do these Members of European Parliament support the same cause?

Early bird offer for sport volunteers’ SCULT Fest in Estonia

ISCA Secretary General is one of 12 confirmed speakers for the SCULT Fest conference at Tallinn University in Estonia on 30 November 2018. The event includes a mix of keynote speeches and debates on grassroots sport campaigns and events, mass sport versus smaller events, sport event management and sponsorship. It also includes the World Sport Volunteers Awards Gala 2018. The early bird fee is €69 for full fee and €29 for students.

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

Registrations are open for the ‘Movement to Move: Global Insights to get our Kids Moving’ conference in Adelaide, Australia, from 26-29 November. Over 45 countries are included in the Active Healthy Kids Report Cards this year, which will be launched at the conference.

Read more and register here

New Learning Mobility in Sport Platform now online 

A new Learning Mobility on Sport Platform launched by ISCA member EOSE this week aims to give people working in the grassroots sport sector access to lifelong learning mobility whether they are a manager, a referee, a student, an administrator, a volunteer, an athlete or a coach.

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What does physical activity advocacy look like in Canada?

A new fact sheet from the Alberta Centre for Active Living in Canada presents physical activity promoters with a new tool they can use to approach decision-makers about supporting their initiatives. It covers the built environment, schools, transport, health care and the workplace.

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