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Change the Game: It’s Your MOVE

The 9th MOVE Congress on 16-18 October set out to unearth the next game-changers for grassroots sport and physical activity promotion. More than 470 participants, 40 speakers, and 40 Innovation Alley presenters and exhibitors gathered in Budapest for three active days of learning, networking, exchanging ideas and trying out the latest technologies in our new Innovation Alley.

One of the biggest and most active MOVE Congresses yet, the 2019 edition was organised in collaboration with our members and partners, the National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation, Hungarian School Sport Federation, Hungarian University Sports Federation, Hungarian Leisure Sport Association, and the Hungarian Ministry for Human Capacities.

“WE WILL MOVE YOU”
Being the MOVE Congress, we don’t just talk the talk, we also walk the walk – or roll or jump, as the host organisations’ presidents, Mogens Kirkeby and Gábor Balogh did when they arrived at the Budapest Congress Center stage by scooter to officially open the conference. After a brief welcome, they challenged each other to a skipping contest, led by World Champion Adrienn Bánhegyi from Cirque de Soleil, who later invited the whole auditorium to join in an interactive workshop.

The next official speaker, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics, entered the stage and joked, “How can I deliver an opening speech after a performance like that?”

Noting the energy in the room, he added: “Events like the MOVE Congress are important, where people are joining forces and exchanging ideas and moving people.”

Interactive presentations from Innovation Alley exhibitors, including a “We Will MOVE You” chant and GoPlay icebreakers, kept the Congress delegates on their feet and set the tempo for the rest of the conference.

PROVOCATIVE PLENARIES
The MOVE Congress plenary sessions sparked active discussion as well as movement. Dr Fiona Bull from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and sports-tech innovator Markos Aristides Kern commanded the stage with TEDx style charisma, zooming in on physical activity from two vastly different (and at times provocative) angles and reaching a surprisingly similar conclusion. That we need to seriously challenge ourselves when it comes to getting more people active.

And when a MOVE Congress presenter arrives on the stage walking on his hands, you know you are in for an extraordinary experience. By the time Magnús Scheving, creator and star of LazyTown (the character Sportacus), wrapped up his presentation, the MOVE Congress participants were on their feet doing their best Sportacus poses and buzzing with a standing ovation as the day’s superhero left the stage.

It wasn’t all showtime, though; the parallel MOVE Congress tracks invited participants to go into more depth on selected topics and join in workshops to discover new approaches to physical activity promotion and fundraising.

MOVE CONGRESS 2019 TRACKS

  • Game-changers connecting physical activity and health
  • Carving a new niche with grassroots sport diplomacy
  • Discovering new perspectives on physical activity promotion among school children
  • Opening new doors to funding and support
  • Redefining an “active lifestyle” with MOVEment Spaces and placemaking

The MOVE Congress 2019 was supported by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnership projects Grassroots Sport Diplomacy and EU Pals.

Change the Game: It’s Your MOVE The 9th MOVE Congress on 16-18 October set out to unearth the next game-changers for grassroots sport and physical activity promotion. More than 470 participants, 40 speakers, and 40 Innovation Alley presenters and exhibitors gathered in Budapest for three active days of learning, networking, exchanging ideas and trying out the latest technologies in our new Innovation Alley. One of the biggest and most active MOVE Congresses yet, the 2019 edition was organised in collaboration with our

The ‘Redefining an “active lifestyle” with MOVEment Spaces’ track gave MOVE Congress 2019 participants more insight into different aspects of creating active urban spaces and the emerging field of placemaking. They gained more knowledge on how to use the existing public space or redesign the urban space to introduce more people to an active lifestyle. During the track, speakers with different professions from 3 continents spoke about their experiences in working with urban design. And they all touched on the same

When a MOVE Congress presenter arrives on the stage walking on his hands, you know you are in for an extraordinary experience. And one that’s guaranteed to get the audience moving. By the time Magnús Scheving, creator and star of LazyTown (the character Sportacus), wrapped up his presentation, the MOVE Congress participants were on their feet doing their best Sportacus poses and buzzing with a standing ovation as the day’s superhero left the stage. Day 3 of MOVE Congress began with

The second day of MOVE Congress 2019 brought various insightful talks and discussions, some of which took place during Track 2: Carving a New Niche with Grassroots Sport Diplomacy. Jacob Schouenborg, ISCA’s Secretary General, introduced the topic by noting that Grassroots Sport Diplomacy helps us look at our sector from a different perspective. “We know about grassroots sports, and we know about diplomacy, but those two terms have never been combined before,” he said. “Two years ago the concept of

Can you imagine two organisations’ presidents rolling on scooters into an international conference? This was the official opening of the MOVE Congress 2019 on 16 October when the hosts Mogens Kirkeby, president of the International Sport and Culture Association, and Gabor Balogh, president of the Hungarian National Student, University and Leisure Sports Federation, appeared on the stage of the Budapest Congress Center to welcome the attendees. The MOVE Congress 2019 is one of the biggest conferences in the world that unites

"Welcome to the MOVE Congress 2019 and thanks to all of our speakers, moderators, participants and Innovation Alley exhibitors for joining our 9th edition in Budapest. We are 466 people representing organisations on 5 continents and in 58 different countries and I believe you are ALL LIVING the title of this Congress: “Change the Game – It’s your MOVE!” Many have worked hard to make this MOVE Congress happen and they will, over the coming days, do what THEY can to create

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There is still time to save €50 on your MOVE Congress fee as we have extended our Early Bird offer until Monday 15 July 2019. For only €250 you can experience one of the world’s largest conferences for the grassroots sport and physical activity sector. 25 speakers are now confirmed to present at the MOVE Congress in Budapest on 16-18 October, and they will join us from as far and wide as Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the United States. Secure your

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics is the latest confirmed speaker for this year’s MOVE Congress. Commissioner Navracsics will speak at the opening of the Congress on Wednesday 16 October in the Pátria Hall of the Budapest Congress Centre. Congress participants can expect to hear how the Commissioner sees the way ahead for the grassroots sport and physical activity sector in Europe after the next College of Commissioners is appointed towards the end of the year. As a