ISCA Special Edition Newsletter: 2020 presented us with more challenges that we could ever have imagined - but so many of our members and partners found creative ways to keep moving. We wish you all a safe festive season and an active 2021! 
Season's Greetings and an Active New Year from all of us at ISCA! Our team of ISCA volunteers have created this year's greeting, highlighting how they managed to keep active and #FindTheirMove under the most challenging circumstances in 2020!

2020 has reassured us that “Every Move Counts”

Comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

EVERY MOVE COUNTS could easily be the headline of 2020 and the message that we carry with us into 2021. It is not only the slogan the World Health Organisation is using to promote its new Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour, which were launched in November. It also reassures us in 2020 that a little bit of physical activity is better than none – that every move counts.

It is very clear that physical activity is needed now more than ever – for the joy of life and for our personal health. We are born to move and be social. However, we have unfortunately experienced how the Covid-19 restrictions and governments’ and authorities’ different measures not only made it hard to move, they also removed the topic of physical activity from political agendas. 

We need to bring political attention back to the importance of grassroots sport and recreational physical activity in 2021 and beyond.

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Save the dates!

MOVE Congress 2021

Exclusive preview for our ISCA newsletter subscribers: The 10th MOVE Congress and ISCA General Assembly is set to take place in Brussels on 17-20 November 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. We will reveal more in early 2021 - including in-person and online opportunities to take part - so for now, we invite you to save the dates and stay tuned!

Keep an eye on the MOVE Congress website for updates

What if physical inactivity was a new virus? 

For the physical activity and grassroots sport sector, this year begs the question: What if inactivity came overnight, like a virus, and was looked upon for all its negative consequences, such as killing 5 million people a year? My bet is that we would see a more systematic and effective response from governments, stakeholders and citizens.

ISCA Secretary General Jacob Schouenborg asks the difficult questions in this comment

Pandemic could cost EU sport sector €99 billion: New report

ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby crunches the numbers of a new report on the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the EU sport sector, revealing a negative impact (reduction) of around 15% of sports-related GDP – which in euros represents €99 billion (or €198 per EU citizens) in 2020 – and an expected decrease in employment of 17% or around 1 million jobs.

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#BeActive Award winners announced

ISCA is the National Coordinating Body for the #BeActive campaign in Denmark and is responsible for submission of Danish nominations for #BeActive Awards. Danish IT company House of Code won the #BeActive Workplace Award at the European Week of Sport Online Gala and nominees from the Czech Republic and Croatia won the Local Hero and Education categories.

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See you in 2021!

We look forward to Moving People with all of you in 2021 - we have a big year planned!
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