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How can UNESCO’s revised Charter on physical education and sport become a game-changer?

In a session dedicated to the revised UNESCO International Charter of Physical Education and Sport, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby called for ‘game changing’ initiatives when he spoke at the international Play the Game 2015 conference. 

How can a document be a change-maker in practice as well as on paper? This was the central question – not only from the speakers and delegates, but from UNESCO’s Executive Officer for Sport, Phillip Müller-Wirth, himself – when the closing session of the conference took a look at how to make UNESCO’s newly revised Charter of Physical Education and Sport more than words.

UNESCO first adopted the Charter 37 years ago, and a decision was made to revise it after recommendations presented at the 5th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V) in Berlin in 2013, where ISCA was present as a stakeholder. 

After a significant overhaul, it is time for all stakeholders to “move away from policy intent” and find out “what should be done and how to do it,” Müller-Wirth said. â€œThis is our common Charter and it will only be as useful as we make it.”

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ISCA calls for new EVS applicants

Become an ISCA volunteer in 2016-2017!
This is your opportunity to experience something new, broaden your horizons, discover a different culture and gain experience in the field of grassroots sport and physical activity. Seize the opportunity to become a European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteer with ISCA in Denmark! ISCA is looking for 3 volunteers, aged from 18-30 years and living in Europe, to join the team in the office for a period of 12 months starting 1 March 2016. This opportunity is dependent on a positive answer to our EVS application. Confirmation will be sent to selected volunteers no later than 23 December 2015. Interested applicants should send their CV and letter of interest to Elizabeta Kresić at by 13 November 2016. Add to the subject of your e-mail "EVS 2016-2017".

For more information on how to apply, please read the full call for applicants here

Youth on the MOVE training project calls for participants

ISCA and the partners of our new Youth on the MOVE project are seeking 30 European individuals aged between 18 and 30 with experience and/or interest in working with the promotion of sports and physical activity who are ready to commit and actively participate to the 10-month training programme starting in January 2016. The objective is to give you everything you need to organise your own MOVE Week event in 2016 and make the MOVEment grow! The applications for Latin America will be open next week. Please, visit our website regularly for updated information. Applications must be received no later than 20 November 2015 via the online form below. A decision about the selected applicants will be taken on 30 November 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by 1 December 2015.  

Find more information and the application form here

MOVE Congress 2015 starts next week

Join us on social media from wherever you are!
The MOVE Congress 2015 is around the corner and this year we encourage you to become part of one of this international sport and physical activity forum not only by participating, but also by your presence online! You will find all the current news about MOVE Congress if you follow us on our social media accounts: 

If you’re joining us in Copenhagen, share your own interesting moments, pictures and experience by using the #movecongress2015 hashtag and don’t forget to share and like your favourite MOVE Congress posts! Let’s take social media by storm!

Find out more about the Congress here

2015 ISCA Annual Report now available

Celebrating 20 years: where are we now – where do we want to go?
At the ISCA General Assembly and MOVE Congress next week, ISCA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. With this occasion we must take stock: Where are we, and where do we want to go? This year’s ISCA Annual Report is a colourful illustration of how ISCA has developed from an idea and a philosophy to being an operational movement today. We remain true to the original philosophy but we have added ACTION and ADVOCACY. ISCA is the sum of its members. And the number of members keeps growing. So we must ask ourselves – what is our role in the world of today and tomorrow?

Read more and download the full report here

More than 11,500 MOVE Week events in 43 countries in Europe and Latin America 

MOVE Week 2015 stretched its wings this year – expanding both in timeframe and in scope. Almost double the number of cities (1,809) in 38 European countries took part in September, hosting 5,429 events. Latin America added another 6,100 events to this tally (5,500 in Brazil alone) in 350 cities, engaging 1.5 million participants. Over 2,900 European MOVE Agents, volunteers organising community events, contributed actively to the success of MOVE Week 2015.

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Growing the network in Colombia

ISCA has established a partnership with the Council of Bogota’s District Institute for Recreation and Sports (IDRD) in to develop Semana Muévela (MOVE Week) across Latin America and the Youth on the MOVE capacity building project for young grassroots sport volunteers. The partners are considering plans to hold a Latin American congress in 2016, hosting 160 participants from around the world, including 28 active leaders in Latin America, 18 from Brazil. Meanwhile, MOVE Congress 2015 participants can see Oscar Ruiz from IDRD talk about the successful Ciclovia car-free day in Bogota. The partnership with IDRD adds to ISCA’s ongoing work with the leading public education service in Colombia, SENA.  

Find out more about the Bogota District Institute for Recreation and Sports here

The Guardian rates Ciclovia as a good example for London 

We don’t just sit and discuss physical activity at the MOVE Congress – we get up and MOVE. Congress delegates: relive the highlights from 2014 and get ready for Copenhagen! 

UN’s adoption of 2030 Agenda a â€œvictory” for NCD Alliance 

The UN’s adoption of its 2030 Agenda, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals puts emphasis on healthy lifestyle promotion, which the NCD Alliance describes as a “victory” for NCD prevention. ISCA is a member of the NCD Alliance, which has aimed to put NCDs on the UN agenda since its formation in 2009.

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Magic Bus founder named in Beyond Sport Inspirational Top 50

The founder of Indian NGO Magic Bus, Matthew Spacie, has been named among key international figures such as Kofi Annan, Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King as one of the Beyond Sport Inspirational Top 50, which recognises change-makers through sport and physical activity. Spacie’s first step towards success was simply to invite homeless Indian youth to “hop the fence and play” a game of rugby outside his office. Now he plans to for his NGO to go global.

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ECF offers two WHO HEAT webinars this week

The European Cyclists’ Federation is providing two training webinars on WHO HEAT (Health Economic Assessment Tool) with a focus on cycling on 5 and 10 November. The goal of the webinars is to present this online resource which calculates the economic value of health benefits gained through regular cycling.

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Active transport-friendly mayor returns to office in Bogota after 12 years

The Colombian mayor who built 300km of bike lanes and was responsible for the successful Ciclovia cycling event in Bogota, Enrique Penalosa, has been re-elected as the mayor of Bogota after 12 years out of office. Penalosa, a friend of ISCA, is known for his civic movement and active transport support. 

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Sport England allocates £8.2 million to initiatives for hard-to-reach  

Sport England announced this week that it is pledging £8.2 million in national lottery funds to boost grassroots sport initiatives that are targeted at hard-to-reach groups. The English funding body is behind the renowned This Girl Can campaign, and has recently released a resource for schools (Use Our School) and revised its Our Active People statistical and monitoring tool with new data.

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DGI programme gets kids moving

ISCA member DGI, in Denmark, encouraged children to start their autumn holidays by asking each other, "Hi, shall we play?" Over 1,700 daycare centres and kindergartens got more than 50,000 children aged between 1-6 away from the screens to sharpen their movement skills through active games and dance. 

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Canadian study warns of long-term consequences for inactive children 

Adult-sized health consequences could affect children who sit too much when they grow up, according to a new Canadian study of healthy young girls.

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