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Opening streets to become MOVEment Spaces

New partnership emerges with Colombia’s Ciclovias

ISCA and the Ciclovias Recreativas de las Americas have signed a partnership agreement to support development of more MOVEment Spaces.

Opening streets for recreational physical activity is an efficient way to create accessible MOVEment Spaces for many people. Playing in the streets is not a new thing. Actually, when streets were not strongly occupied by motorised traffic they were social meeting points and places to play games, etc.

With an increase of car traffic many roads became exclusive spaces for car drivers. But the concepts of ‘Open Streets’, ‘Ciclovias’, and ‘Active Streets’ around the world show how busy roads can be transformed into accessible recreational facilities – and it ‘only’ takes some political decision power and a good partnership around the practical organisation of the activities to pull it off.

Read the full comment by ISCA President, Mogens Kirkeby

Bike for Europe partner UCI is ready for tour start on 1 September

UCI Cycling for All is an official partner of ISCA's NowWeBike Bike for Europe tour in 2018, and several of its regions are preparing to welcome the North Team, which departs from Drenthe in the Netherlands this Saturday 1 September. More than 2000 recreational cyclists are expected to ride alongside the Bike for Europe North Team, who will start their 1750km tour as part of the Battle for Norg mountain bike event. 

Read UCI's preview of the tour here

Visit the official website to follow the Bike for Europe tour

Copenhagen and Toronto become the new world capital cities  

Each country has a capital city. Some countries, like Bolivia or South Africa for instance, have two. Capital cities are important. This is usually where most of the leaders of many sectors live and work. As of today, Copenhagen and Toronto have become the new capital cities of the world. The world of kids. And kids are important because they are the future. We all know that. This is why the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (based in Toronto, Canada) and the International Sport and Culture Association (based in Copenhagen, Denmark) have joined forces to dismantle the #inactivitytimebomb by developing new ways to get kids throughout the world moving again.

Read the full story by ISCA Executive Committee Member Jakub Kalinowski

MOVEment Spaces Awards 

Application deadline 10 September

Do you know about a great initiative that has created an active space out of an urban space? Are you running one of your own? It could be eligible for an ISCA Award.
We are looking for partnerships that have created active urban spaces within three categories:
•    Green spaces (parks and other green areas)
•    Black spaces (paved and asphalt spaces)
•    Blue spaces (lakes, rivers or harbours) 

The winning partnership from each category will be awarded in Paris in November, and the applicant will receive a free trip to Paris to accept the award at the Moving People – Moving Europe conference.  

Find out more and apply now

Who is a peer educator?

Research gives new insights into youth training

A new research report published as part of the European Youth Health Champions project challenges the notion of “peer education” as something that goes beyond age and gender and extends to community in the widest sense. The report, produced by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), compiles results from a literature review, focus groups, surveys and case studies involving young peer educators aged between 14 – 25 years. The findings will be used to develop a training resource through the project, which is led by StreetGames.

Download the report here

ISCA members’ sport for all festivals mark 100+ years of history

As the pioneers who founded ISCA back in 1995 had their first meeting in connection to the biggest sport for all festival in Denmark (DGI's Landsstævne 1994), you could say that sport for all festivals are ingrained in ISCA’s DNA. Many of our founding members held these festivals in their countries and still do – in fact some have done so for over 100 years.

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How can you transfer a grassroots sport initiative across borders?

Over the past two years, the Sports Union of Slovenia transferred the model of its Healthy Club programme to Bulgaria and Malta through ISCA’s MOVE Transfer programme. Find out how Bulgaria and Malta adapted the programme to their local needs in two stories that put the spotlight on the MOVE Transfer process.

Read Bulgaria and Malta’s stories
Inspiring advice from physical education expert Morten Andersson on integration of refugees through sport.

Study on media coverage of physical activity information reveals elements of “fake news”

Could fake news also be affecting our sector? Yes, if you follow academics such as Richard Bailey, who has spoken out about “fake evidence”, and a recent study on press coverage of The Lancet’s special issues on physical activity in 2012 and 2016. While it found generally the positive messages of benefits from regular physical activity coming through in the reports, the study also reveals that “misleading” data or “incorrectly reported” information is rife in online reports.

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ActiveVoice opens door to UK-Italy exchange at Mondiali Antirazzisti

Building on the success of the ActiveVoice project, our project partner Healthy Stadia delivered a multi-risk brief training session for coaches and staff attending Mondiali Antirazzisti (Anti-Racist World Cup) in Italy in July. The feedback from the session was that more coaches and sports organisations could benefit from understanding how their clubs can have a positive impact on the health of individuals and communities.

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Final book from ISCA’s philosophical “father” Henning Eichberg now published

The last book from ISCA's philosophical “father” Henning Eichberg is now available through Routledge publishers. From his concepts of the “Third Way of Sports ” to “Play in Philosophy”, Eichberg always had a unique way of seeing sport for all, grassroots sport and physical activity and is greatly missed in our sector.

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Australia’s ambition to become the “world’s most active nation” by 2030

With a bold statement likely to spark the competitive spirit in governments worldwide, the Australian government has released its new Sport 2030 – National Sport Plan. The overall aim is to become the “world’s most active and healthy nation” by reducing barriers to participation, encouraging cross-sector collaboration, teaching physical literacy in schools, tackling corruption and introducing a Movement for Life campaign.  

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Inclusive Healthy Places report looks at how cities can improve overall wellbeing

A new co-authored report from the Gehl Institute and Robert Wood Foundation explores the idea of “inclusive, healthy places” and how cities create them. The placemaking theme, closely related to ISCA’s MOVEment Spaces, stretches beyond physical activity to social interaction, art and culture and how these contribute to our overall wellbeing.

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