The MOVE Congress is one of the few conferences in the world that focuses solely on recreational sport and physical activity. It brings 350 stakeholders in grassroots sport together to discuss key topics in the sport and physical activity sector. This year the MOVE Congress is taking place in Birmingham, UK. The Human Right to MOVE is the central theme of the conference, featuring four tracks on topics such as new ways of creating active outdoor spaces, removing barriers to hard-to-reach groups, bringing city dwellers back to nature by “Rewilding cities”, and outside-the-box approaches to physical activity in schools.
Humans have a fundamental right to be active, but urban environments are stripping us of active spaces and restricting us with dangers and barriers that make it harder to keep moving. As stakeholders in the physical activity sector, we are the enablers of the human right to MOVE. And the transformation from inactive to active communities starts with us – right now.
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In this session, we will look at “green” (parks and green spaces), “black” (paved and asphalt spaces) and “blue” (water) settings that can offer solutions to the perceived lack of MOVEment spaces in our cities.Track 1
A lot of people at the Congress are very interested in the This Girl Can campaign. It’s been such an experience. I’m so grateful and thankful for you having me here and I think it’s one of the best things I could have attended for my career.
I’m from the field of physical activity and public health, so for me I come to the Congress, which is particularly on grassroots sport, I now see the role that grassroots sport plays in promoting physical activity to the whole population.
You grow old in your ideas if you don’t interact with people. So I’ve already heard some interesting things about campaigns on a local and national level that I wasn’t aware of. They made me stop and think. I’ll share them with my members and take them away.
The world has many problems, like obesity and sedentariness, so it’s necessary to make these sorts of events because the world and its cities need solutions.
The personal relations you get here are really valuable always. The common European/global platform of seeing how sport can actually make changes is a lot stronger now than it was a few years back for sure.
I attended my first MOVE Congress in 2013 and left in awe of the contacts I made and knowledge shared by all participants. I am looking forward to learning more, collaborating more and expanding opportunities through this global initiative!
The main plus, I would say, of the Congress is the rich and diverse experiences, and the possibility to have side discussions with people and go deeper into questions that we sometimes wouldn’t get the chance to do.
The MOVE Congress in Rome has sent a strong message to the European Parliament and the Italian Government, which is that “sport for all” is an internationally recognised movement.