The MOVE Congress 2013 delegates, organisers and volunteers danced this yearâ€™s event to a close to the vibrant flamenco rhythm celebrating the host city and movement. The finale echoed ISCA President Mogens Kirkebyâ€™s closing words that highlighted the importance of moving together to keep the sector progressing.
â€œThis sector has something to offer, and thatâ€™s the social aspect. What I find about this gathering is that it is a celebration of being able to find better ways of delivering local and national initiatives,â€ he said.
Reiterating the conferenceâ€™s motto of seeing todayâ€™s challenges simply as ongoing changes that can bring about new opportunities, CESS President Toni Llop said that one of the biggest barriers to starting and furthering the initiatives, the global financial crisis, can also be seen as something we can overcome.
â€œThe problem is not money; thatâ€™s just in our minds.â€
Todayâ€™s sessions reminded us that the organisations participating in the Congress are already proving that they can break down barriers threatening their own work by promoting good governance in grassroots sport and finding new partnerships in fruitful sectors. They also showed how they are tackling social issues preventing citizens from living an active lifestyle with pilot projects for socially disadvantaged groups and customised active ageing programmes.
With all delegates dancing to the same beat, the MOVE Congress looks ahead to more examples of best practices, opportunities for collaboration and new ideas in Rome in 2014. See you there!