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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