ISCA Newsletter May 2020: Find out which countries are allowing sport to resume under lockdown, the latest news on MOVE Week, how you can join the ISCA team as an intern and much more!

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We compare how countries are lifting restrictions on exercise and sport

On 2 May, adult residents in Spain stepped outside to exercise in parks and public spaces for the first time in seven weeks. Drops in Covid-19 infection and hospitalisation rates in countries such as Denmark and Australia also prompted the first steps to reopen sport and recreational activities, starting with non-contact sports and outdoor exercise in small groups. 

These are only a few of the milestones published in a week that saw governments around Europe and other parts of the world lifting restrictions on exercise and sport under the Covid-19 lockdowns.

ISCA puts the spotlight on the current status of physical activity and sport in 47 countries and counting. The list is not authoritative nor exhaustive, but we aim to update it regularly and add countries as new information becomes available. 

Feel free to get in touch if you have information or updates from your country. Many thanks to our NowWeMOVE National Coordinators, project partners and extended network for sharing your updates so far!

Full story: ISCA maps status of physical activity and sport restrictions by country (updated 7 May)

Physical activity in first wave of reopening after Covid-19

I hear people question why physical activity is in the first wave of reopening. Is it really necessary or should other activities come first? But I am happy to see that physical activity, in some of its many practical formats, is included in the first wave of re-opening societies. For good reason!

Read the full comment by ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby

MOVE Week 2020: Physically distanced - socially connected

The 9th MOVE Week is set to take place from 25-31 May and, like No Elevators Day, ISCA is gathering its community of MOVE Agents online to showcase the benefits of physical activity. MOVE Week will keep its format of seven days of events, but these events can be in-person and/or digital.

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No Elevators Day celebrated in 50 countries worldwide

On 29 April, individuals and organisations in 50 countries on six continents celebrated the most international edition of No Elevators Day ever. They shared photos and videos on social media channels, television and radio of how they #UseTheStairs to keep active at home, outdoors or wherever they could find an accessible staircase to climb.

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A new World Record is set:
The largest online PE lesson

On 22 April, the whole world united for an online PE lesson delivered by a Polish PE teacher and organised by ISCA member V4Sport Foundation. The event was streamed via Facebook and reached over 50 thousand users. ISCA was a global partner of the event with the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance.

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ISCA calls for finance intern from August/September 

ISCA is looking for 1 intern to join the finance team in the Copenhagen office for 6 months starting between 15 August-30 September 2020. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in the position (indicating your motivation and key competencies) latest by 31 May 2020, 23:59 CEST to Hilal Erkoca with the subject line “Erasmus+ Finance Intern.”

Read the full call for applicants here

#FindYourMOVE and #BeActiveAtHome

ISCA is taking an agile approach to its planning of NowWeMOVE and #BeActive European Week of Sport Denmark (EWOS DK) activities in 2020. As EWOS DK coordinator Irina Coreachina writes, we can also take an agile approach to how we stay active at this time. "Nobody expects you to reach your highest fitness goals now! Just #FindYourMove and remember that something is always better than nothing."

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