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The International Sport and Culture Association, together with our Hungarian partner the National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation, has revealed today that Budapest will host the ninth MOVE Congress from 16-18 October 2019.

The MOVE Congress is one of the world’s only conferences dedicated to recreational sport and physical activity. Next year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet, offering unmatched opportunities for 500 participants spanning six continents and sectors including health, sport, education, international relations and urban planning to meet and discover new ways of working together on physical activity promotion.

Registration will open in March 2019, and the first keynote speakers will be revealed in January. The conference will be held at the Budapest Congress Centre.

National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation President Gábor Balogh says that hosting the MOVE Congress is a perfect opportunity to showcase the immense value of grassroots sport and physical activity promotion with examples from across the globe.

“I’m personally proud to host the MOVE Congress, one of the leading international events aimed at promoting grassroots sport and physical activity. In 2019, Budapest also becomes the European Capital of Sport, which will draw a great deal of attention to sporting events in our country,” he says.

“Therefore, we have a special ambition in this regard: we have to show that sport is not only competitive sport and shall demonstrate that physical activity goes well beyond sport. We have to show the power of grassroots sport organisations to the world and on the other hand, we want to highlight new aspects, approaches and knowledge to the participants of the MOVE Congress.”

At the HIPE conference this afternoon in Budapest, ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby, via video, extended a warm welcome to participants to save the date for the MOVE Congress 2019.

“Together with incredibly good hosts, we are delighted to invite you to the MOVE Congress 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. If you are interested in sport for all, grassroots sport and physical activity, then the MOVE Congress in Budapest in October 2019 is the place to be.”

The MOVE Congress is held every two years and previous hosts include Copenhagen (2009, 2015), Frankfurt (2010), Paris (2011), Sao Paulo (2012), Barcelona (2013), Rome (2014) and Birmingham (2017). The event is not only a forum to discuss the latest issues, good practices and opportunities for the grassroots sport sector, its active format also leads by example with plenary sessions that get participants on their feet and speakers on fitness balls or exercise bikes, dynamic workshops, and a chance to do some urban orienteering in the host city. Expert speakers and facilitators from a range of sectors bring know-how and new perspectives to make the programme rich in ideas and experiences, and accessible to anyone with an interest in helping their communities become more active.

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The International Sport and Culture Association, together with our Hungarian partner the National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation, has revealed today that Budapest will host the ninth MOVE Congress from 16-18 October 2019. The MOVE Congress is one of the world’s only conferences dedicated to recreational sport and physical activity. Next year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet, offering unmatched opportunities for 500 participants spanning six continents and sectors including health, sport, education, international relations and urban

At the recent MOVE Congress in 2017, Jonathan Hooshmand from the University of Miami shared the key learnings from “Walk safe. Bike safe.”, a movement which supports the right to move around safely in one’s community. Providing safe and active transportation is one of the best ways to include physical activity in everyday routines from early in life, Hooshmand said. See the presentation slides here: https://www.slideshare.net/NowWeMOVE/move-congress-2017-jonathan-hooshmand-university-of-miami-encouraging-safe-and-active-transportation-to-school That is why the “Walk Safe. Bike Safe.” programmes have designed their activities around three main goals: to

Drawing on plenty of experience in lobbying for the recreational and active transport cycling movement, Kevin Mayne from the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) said at the MOVE Congress 2017 that the undercurrent goal of their work is to change the reputation of lobbyists. Advocacy has a higher, transformative purpose and not all lobbyists are advocating society’s vices, Mayne said. The European Cyclists’ Federation has a central aim of changing the ways in which public spaces are used for transport. So in order

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Do physical activity promoters need to find more evidence to support their case for support and other advocacy efforts? Absolutely, says Dr Richard Bailey, Senior Researcher at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). But it has to be quality evidence from experts, and a collaborative effort is needed to get it noticed. Bailey gave an entertaining and eye-opening presentation on the power of advocacy at ISCA's Moving Europe - Moving People conference in Ljubljana last year. This

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There’s only one step separating you from the MOVE Congress 2017 – a conference pass that will give you access to all main events. Join the early bird league and secure your pass now. [gdlr_button href="https://www.movecongress.com/register-2017/" target="_self" size="medium" background="#000000" color="#ffffff"]Register now[/gdlr_button] ISCA and our partners of the MOVE Congress 2017, Birmingham City Council, SportEngland, StreetGames UK, the Wild Network and Youth Sport Trust, have invited stakeholders and sport-for-all organisations to engage and find solutions to the growing trend of physical inactivity. We’ve gathered

Join us at the 9th MOVE Congress in Budapest, Hungary, 16-18 October 2019.