ISCA Newsletter 125, September 2013




“Sportlight” of the month

ISCA and European Cyclists’ Federation welcome EU health initiative

ISCA and its NowWeMove Campaign partner the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) welcomed the European Commission’s adoption of a new initiative promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) across sectors in Europe when it was announced on 28 August.
The Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation on sport for all, delivered right on the eve of MOVE Week 2013, is the first of its kind and is a timely recognition of grassroots sport as the driving force behind the sports sector’s role as “a key player in any successful effort to promote HEPA”. 
Its emphasis on cross-sector collaboration as a catalyst for the promotion of physical activity falls perfectly in line with ISCA and ECF’s efforts in campaigning for more accessible sport for all initiatives that encourage Europeans to be active, according to ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby. 
“The Council Recommendation is a very visionary proposal. Its cross-sector approach is the only effective way forward if we want to support the NowWeMove Campaign’s vision of ‘100 million more Europeans active in sport and physical activity by 2020’,” he says.

Read the full article here


Ready for MOVE Week?

There are 300 events for you to choose from – and counting

More than 300 MOVE Agents have signed up to stage a myriad of physical activities across Europe during MOVE Week from 7-13 October 2013. With this number expected to exceed 500 in the lead-up to the event, there will be almost double the number of activities on offer this year than during the pilot event in 2012. Choose from large-scale to cosy community events, from martial arts to ball sports to fitness to sports for people with a disability. Get your office, school or university involved – or why not organise an activity of your own?

For a preview of the activities on offer during MOVE Week 2013 visit

Who would you like to meet at the MOVE Congress 2013?

Who would you like to meet at the MOVE Congress 2013? Take a look at our list of speakers and let us know at  (before 20 September) who you would like to join for a one-on-one chat about which topic at the Open Market Fair’s “Let’s meet them” corner. Grab the opportunity to share your ideas and experiences and define the future of the grassroots sport sector together. Visit the MOVE Congress 2013 website to find out what experts in the field such as Sylvia Schenk from Transparency International, Günther Grohall from SportEconAustria and Kelly Murumets from ParticipACTION also want to learn from you at this year’s Congress.

Read more at the MOVE Congress 2013 website

NowWeMove inspires launch of MOVE BRASIL campaign

Where local authorities and grassroots sport organisations partner!

ISCA started its NowWeMove Campaign with a vision to get 100 million more Europeans involved in sport and physical activity by 2020. Now Europe’s biggest community sport campaign is inspiring countries much further ashore to embrace this powerful social movement, with Brazil being the first to launch its own version of the campaign (MOVE Brasil) and MOVE Week (MOVE Week Brasil). ISCA worked closely with its member organisation SESC São Paulo to help develop MOVE Brasil and MOVE Week Brasil, which is set to take place across Latin America’s largest country from 22-29 September. SESC São Paulo’s Manager of Physical and Sportive Development and ISCA Vice President Maria Luiza Souza Dias writes about this “unprecedented and ambitious multiparty action” to get more Brazilians active by 2016.

Read Maria Luiza Souza Dias’ article here

Visit MOVE Brasil’s new website (in Portuguese)

The UN’s new International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

What does it mean? What can it do?

On 23 August the United Nations Assembly declared that 6 April will now be known as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Naming a day is a fine recognition of the sport sector as a potential contributor to development and peace. But that is the easy part. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby ponders how the UN’s new Day will be implemented: Does it spell ‘action’ or will it exist as a symbolic gesture for societal development?
Read the full comment here

Sportanddev celebrates 10th anniversary 

Interview with Jutta Engelhardt

There might be some question marks over what the UN’s new International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will mean for sport development. But there is little doubt that an initiative it helped bring into action 10 years ago, the International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev), has proven to be a successful practice in this very field. The online platform celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and it now hosts 3350 individual profiles, depicts more than 500 organisations across the world and features almost 200 project descriptions. ISCA spoke to the Swiss Academy for Development’s Head of the Sport and Development, Jutta Engelhardt, about the story behind sportanddev and what has made it a success.

Read the full interview here

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News from the SFA community

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opens Eurobike 2013

Annual cycling trade show Eurobike gained one of the most high-profile political endorsements it could have hoped for this year, with the host nation’s Chancellor Angela Merkel opening the event on 28 August. German Chancellor Merkel not only set the tone for ISCA partner the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the German Cyclists’ Federation’s (ADFC) Advocacy Summit the following day, she also gave a decisive nod to the practical, physical and inspirational rewards cycling can bring: “The bike combines business with pleasure,” she said. “And there are many benefits of cycling: no noise, low emissions, it is environmentally friendly and beneficial to health. It is even said that creativity is conveyed through cycling.”

Read more at ECF’s website

NowWeMove partner ECF: Cycling worth €200 billion a year to EU-27

Taking their cue from the successful opening of Eurobike, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) launched a new study on the “Economic benefits of cycling in the EU-27” at its Advocacy Summit at the event. ECF’s finding that the overall benefits of cycling contribute over €200 billion to the European economy each year echoes other recent studies by organisations such as Sport England and SportEconAustria that underline sport’s significant value to the economy. The success and visibility of Eurobike has put extra force behind ECF’s results, and it reports that key stakeholders and political figures are taking notice of advocacy efforts in non-elite cycling: “Senior politicians are beginning to realise that daily cycling not only changes the face of our cities for the better, it also makes much sense in economic terms,” it writes.

Read ECF’s full statement here

ISCA member StreetGames wins award

UK street sports initiative and ISCA member StreetGames has won its country’s National Lottery Award for Best Project in 2013 for a programme it featured during the first edition of MOVE Week last year – ‘Us Girls’. The programme focuses on making physical activity accessible and attractive to 16-25-year-old women in disadvantaged communities, one of the least active groups in the UK. Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton made a surprise visit to an Us Girls event in Manchester to present the award, and the event and presentation will be featured on BBC 1 during the National Lottery Awards Show on 11 September.

Read the full story and find out more about MOVE Week participant Us Girls’ award-winning programme

New German study on youth engagement in sport released

Germany’s Humboldt University, Youth Sport Association (Deutschen Sportjugend) and Federal Institute of Sport Science have released a new study on youth engagement and volunteering in German youth sport to coincide with a three-day conference on ‘Youth engagement in sport’, which was held in Frankfurt this September. The study, based on surveys conducted over a 10-year period, finds that getting involved in a local sports club is “by far” the most popular civic society activity among 14-24-year olds in Germany. However, youth engagement in German grassroots sport is gradually declining, especially among students – a statistic Ingo Weiss, member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and Chairman of the German Youth Sport Association is eager to address.

Read more in English

Read the original story (in German) at the German Olympic Sports Confederation’s website
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DGI Badminton’s LBS tournament registration still open

DGI Badminton is getting ready to host its annual badminton tournament for participants aged between the Under 11 and Under 19 categories from 18-20 October at Fredericia Sports Centre (Idrætscenter) in Denmark. Registration for both the singles and doubles tournaments is open until 26 September and can be done by emailing the DGI badminton staff at Participants interested in competing in the doubles tournament don’t need to register with a partner – the DGI team will aim to match individual players as needed.

Find out more about the tournament here
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