ISCA Newsletter September 2020: Find out new perspectives on physical literacy, children's mental health and physical activity, refugee inclusion through sport, the 'new normal' for sport and fitness clubs, and much more!

Celebrating physical literacy on International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day and at ISCA we’re celebrating what we’ve learned so far about the most hotly debated type of literacy around the world right now – physical literacy – in our new Physical Literacy for Life project. 

What is physical literacy and why has the concept sparked an explosion of research and discussion over the past 10 years? 

The answer to the first question is soon to be revealed by our EU-supported project partners, including researchers, education, health and physical activity experts from Australia and Europe. After intensive deliberation and a wide mapping of literature on the topic, they are ready to put forward a new definition of physical literacy that they hope will capture the holistic nature of the concept and be easily translatable into different languages. 

You can find our answer to the second question by reading the full story here.
European School Sport Day® on 25 September 2020 will celebrate moving again. School sport looks a bit different in 2020, but there are many ways to #BeActive. There is still time to register an in-person or online event at

Post-lockdown priority for sport should be clear: New comment

As sports have gradually been allowed to restart across the world, governments have outlined different “Covid-19 rules and guidelines” to support various sport sectors’ reopening. In some countries, the priorities have come down to the question: What is most important type of sport politically – Grassroots sport, school sport and moving people of all ages? OR elite spectator sports and events?

Read the full comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

Mental health a timely European School Sport Day focus topic

“I can’t think of anything more timely to be the focus topic of ESSD 2020,” Youth Sport Trust International’s Managing Director Helen Vost said about the choice to put mental health at the forefront of the European School Sport Day’s (ESSD) 2020 campaign at ISCA and the Hungarian School Sport Federation’s (HSSF) latest webinar for ESSD National Coordinators. Selected presentations and a toolkit for schools are now available.

Read more

 New podcast: "We see sport as a deep integration tool"

“The focus of Red Cross staff and volunteers these years is to achieve more deep integration: getting refugees into jobs, education or their families reunified. Sports clubs and sports activities could be one of those elements of getting someone deep into the society they’re living in now.”

Listen to our new MOVE Beyond podcast to hear how DGI and the Danish Red Cross are working together on refugee integration.

MOVE Week webinar presentations now available

If you missed the MOVE Week webinars on the "'New Normal' for Sports Clubs and Indoor Fitness Venues" and "Public Space and Physical Activity During and After COVID-19", they are now available to watch on-demand on the NowWeMOVE campaign's YouTube channel.

Learn how Eurofitness reopened their gyms
Learn from Gehl how urban life was affected
And learn about our Human Right to MOVE

Why this IT company is one of Denmark's most active

Working in IT might imply quite a sedentary lifestyle - but this is not the case at Danish company House of Code. Each employee can spend two hours a week of their working time being active and one more hour for personal development. Already an award-winning initiative locally, it is now nominated for an EU #BeActive Workplace Award.

Find out how

Grassroots sport's role in public diplomacy: New article

ISCA's Grassroots Sport Diplomacy concept has been explored further in a new Sport in Society Journal article by project partner Bence Garamvölgyi and his colleagues from the University of Physical Education in Hungary. Using Grassroots Sport Diplomacy as a frame, they demonstrate the links between grassroots sport, sport diplomacy and sport for development and peace.

The full article is available on request from the author - read the abstract here
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