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Mastering a new era

The MOVE Congress 2021 is the place to Reconnect, Rebuild and Restart after a year that turned the sport and physical activity sector upside down. It’s time to take charge and master a new era of your work – with the help and inspiration from experts, decision makers and your colleagues (yes, in person, not just behind the screen!)
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Reconnect. Rebuild. Restart.

We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the MOVE Congress in Brussels, Belgium on 17-19 November 2021 with an interactive conference that aims to bring people in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector back together to master a new era of their work.

Limited seats are available for the in-person event at the Maison de la Poste venue at Tour & Taxis’ historic warehouses, where we expect to host 250 conference delegates for 3 days of interactive networking, workshops and masterclasses. Selected sessions will also be streamed online.

The conference is supported by Visit Brussels and the European Commission (through projects including the Integration of Refugees Through Sport Networking Platform).

The MOVE Congress 2021 programme will include:

  • Inspiring presentations from people who have overcome challenging circumstances to gain a political edge in sport and physical activity, social inclusion and advocacy.
  • Reconnect, Rebuild and Restart workshops and masterclasses led by industry experts specialising in fields such as politics, advocacy and sport diplomacy; placemaking and designing active spaces; integration and inclusion of refugees through sport; establishing partnerships with high profile organisations; physical activity and mental health; and design thinking for a new era.
  • Integration of Refugees Through Sport Awards and guest speakers from high profile humanitarian organisations.
  • ‘Restart your network’ online and in-person opportunities to connect.

More information on the preliminary programme and speakers will be published soon – stay tuned!

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What our speakers and participants say

The MOVE Congress has been excellent. It’s brought together such a diverse group of people and professionals working in the area of promoting physical activity. But one of the key things here is how practice-focused everyone is, offering real solutions to getting people around the world more active.

FIONA BULL
<WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION/>

We need to keep our conversations going, because it’s with those conversations that the changes are going to come. Whether we’re learning from each other, connecting with each other or working on joint partnerships, that’s what we need. So it can’t be just once every second year, the MOVE Congress has to be for life.

KATE DALE
<LEAD OF THIS GIRL CAN CAMPAIGN, UK/>

The thing that I love about the MOVE Congress is the amount of passion that’s in the room. Every single conversation you have here, every single presentation that is here – it’s a bright mind with a positive idea to try to make the world a better place. And that’s just a great way to spend a couple of days.

AARON KEARNEY
<AKS MEDIA INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA/>

I think it’s great to be involved in a community that’s promoting physical activity and looking at practical solutions as well as looking at the big picture. And, as a speaker, it’s an opportunity for me to spread my message around and encourage people to be more physically active.

DARRYL EDWARDS
<PRIMAL PLAY, UK/>

I'm very exited to be a part of the MOVE Congress on behalf of our Placemaking Europe network. In so many projects we see the direct connection between community led Placemaking, public space that is inviting to be active and where people feel at home and meet, and a healthy and happy city.

HANS KARSSENBERG
<FOUNDING PARTNER OF STIPO AND CITY AT EYE LEVEL, NETHERLANDS/>

Things like the MOVE Congress help us realise that we’re all dealing with the same issues – we’re in different countries but the issues are the same. Just sitting in the sessions and listening to people we can learn so much from each other. And then importantly we can use what we are learning in other countries to advocate and influence decision makers in our own nations.

ALI OLIVER
<CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF YOUTH SPORT TRUST, UK/>

ISCA's MOVE Congress is definitely something not to be missed! This network has connected me to many like-minded people and amazing partners who inspire and support me and my organisation. This is how our partnership with the internationally renowned NGO GAME came to be during the 2015 MOVE Congress in Denmark.

CYNTHIA DEBONO
<FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF MOVE MALTA/>

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.

SHIRIN MEHMOOD
<LEAD OFFICER OF THE THIS GIRL CAN CAMPAIGN, UK/>

The MOVE Congress for me is something completely different to any other congress. It’s fun, it’s innovative, and it can also be serious and scientific. You get in contact with very interesting people – not only the speakers but also those who attend. It’s an experience you can’t miss if you’re interested in physical activity and health, and also if you want to have fun!

ANDREU RAYA DEMIDOFF
<PRESIDENT OF DEPORTE PARA LA EDUCACIÓN Y LA SALUD, SPAIN/>

I have participated in two MOVE Congresses and both of them were amazing. The topics were up-to-date, the speakers were interesting and there is a lot of opportunities to interact with the participants. All of them are dedicated to one issue – to help people be active, because it is crucial that individuals of all ages live healthy and happy lives.

RENATA KUTNJAK-KIS
<MEDICAL DOCTOR AT INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH COUNTY OF MEĐIMURJE, CROATIA/>
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