We see the obstacles every day. The heavy traffic that is a mobile hazard to cyclists. The park you shouldn’t run alone in at night. The staircase in your building that is only for emergencies. The school sports ground that is fenced off after hours. The lack of affordable or convenient activities offered in your community.
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.
The consequence is a ticking physical inactivity time bomb. Inactive people across the globe are at greater risk of poor health and premature death. But a quarter of adults are still not active enough and the prevalence of inactivity is growing among children.
This is your opportunity to meet our network of organisations and individuals who are moving people worldwide: our partners Birmingham City Council, Sport England, StreetGames, Youth Sport Trust and the Wild Network; and our international speakers who are transforming urban spaces, schools and hard-to-reach communities, and reconnecting adults and children with nature.
Together, we are the enablers of the human right to MOVE. And the transformation from inactive to active communities starts with us – right now.
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.