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“Girl power” has never been stronger in UK sport, with participation-focused movements like This Girl Can, elite sportswomen getting into the spotlight, women taking the reins of sporting bodies such as SportEngland and the FA – and being formally recognised for their efforts! At ISCA we are honoured to announce that some of these influential MOVERs will take the stage at the MOVE Congress on 5 and 6 October. Click here to see the current programme (more speakers to be confirmed soon).

Who can I meet on Day 1?
None other than the CEO of Sport England, Jennie Price CBE. This year, Price was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of the efforts she and her organisation have made in working “towards an active nation”. To address the growing problem of sedentary behaviour in the UK and to drive participation in sport at a community level, Price has led initiatives such as the successful This Girl Can campaign and the London 2012 Olympic legacy promise to get more “ordinary citizens” active.

Jennie Price will be the keynote speaker starting the MOVEment Spaces and Breaking Barriers – Getting it Right tracks on 5 October.

And how about Birmingham City Council’s Head of Wellbeing Services Karen Creavin? At the MOVE Congress 2015, Creavin led one of the most popular sessions on women in sport and the This Girl Can campaign (pictured). Despite experiencing some of the toughest socio-economic challenges in the UK, her city, Birmingham, is now leading the way in tackling physical inactivity and access to affordable and attractive facilities with initiatives such as Active Parks, Big Birmingham Bikes and Active Streets.

Karen Creavin will introduce the MOVEment Spaces and Breaking Barriers – Getting it Right tracks of the MOVE Congress 2017 on 5 October.

When it comes to reaching the hard-to-reach, there is no better role model than StreetGames, which is behind the successful Doorstep Sports Clubs and Us Girls initiatives. To Jane Ashworth OBE, the secret to her organisation’s success is its motto of delivering attractive physical activity offers to socially disadvantaged youth “at the right time, the right price, the right place and in the right style.”

Jane Ashworth will speak in the plenary session of the Breaking Barriers – Getting it Right track on 5 October.

What about Day 2?
This will be a rare opportunity to meet the head of women’s football at the English Football Association (FA), Baroness Sue Campbell. An accomplished figure in UK sport, Campbell instrumental in establishing ISCA member Youth Sport Trust, and will step down as its chair at the end of the year. She is a strong advocate for women and girls’ participation in football – have you seen the FA’s website lately? So don’t miss the chance to rub shoulders with her at the MOVE Congress.

Baroness Sue Campbell will be the keynote speaker on 6 October before the Active School Communities track.

Specialists in physical education and physical literacy Alison Oliver, Chief Executive of Youth Sport Trust, and Kate Thornton-Bousfield, Youth Sport Trust Development Manager for Physical Literacy, will lead the Active School Communities plenary session and workshop alongside Chris Wright, Youth Sport Trust Head of Wellbeing. They will share the secrets to their successful approaches to creating active school environments that look beyond traditional physical education. You will be surprised to find out how much basic activity levels can boost a child’s overall wellbeing and performance at school!

The Active School Communities track will run alongside the Me Time, Wellbeing Time – WILD Time! Track on 6 October.

Let’s hear it for the boys! 
It’s not only going to be girl power on show at the MOVE Congress in Birmingham, you will also have a chance to meet Gil Penalosa from the successful Canadian initiative 8 80 Cities, which now has partnerships on six continents. He is driven by the philosophy that “if you create a great city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people”. Find out how at the MOVEment Spaces track on 5 October.

As mentioned above, Chris Wright from Youth Sport Trust will show you that there is much more to physical education than meets the eye and that creating Active School Communities can benefit our children in more ways than we might think.

Before the tracks begin, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council Councillor Ian Ward and ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby will welcome you to the MOVE Congress 2017 at the stunning banqueting hall at the Birmingham Council House.

More international speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks!

Reserve your seat at the MOVE Congress 2017 and take advantage of the early bird fee until 31 July.

“Girl power” has never been stronger in UK sport, with participation-focused movements like This Girl Can, elite sportswomen getting into the spotlight, women taking the reins of sporting bodies such as SportEngland and the FA – and being formally recognised for their efforts! At ISCA we are honoured to announce that some of these influential […]

Life has never been a walk in the park for Birmingham residents, but a network of local authorities, NGOs and corporate partners has turned its parks into attractive spaces where all kinds of physical activities are on offer – for free. Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK and has struggled with socio-economic challenges […]

ISCA’s MOVE Congress 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, was an innovative showcase of grassroots sport and physical activity initiatives from around the world at Copenhagen’s popular street sport venue, GAME. The event would have been possible without the support from local partners DGI, Sport Event Denmark and Lokale og Anlægsfonden (LOA). So how did they see […]

When we talk about inactivity we often refer to children and adolescents, knowing that 4 out of 5 European youngsters are not active enough. Meanwhile, we rarely think of elderly people aged 60+ who, willingly or not, are often subject to problems associated with inactivity. One of the MOVE Congress workshops was dedicated to the […]

At the MOVE Congress 2015, which took place from 5-7 November, Copenhagen’s popular street sport facility, GAME, turned into arena for innovative practices that are driving the global grassroots sport movement forward. The event, organised by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), is one of the few conferences in the world that focuses solely […]

The MOVE Congress 2015 concluded with a special study tour offering an exclusive view from inside to new sport and physical activity facilities in Copenhagen. Oliver Vanges from the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (Lokale og Anlægsfonden) presented new trends in planning and development of facilities for sport and culture, and followed the […]

The MOVE Congress 2015 proved to be a real event-on-the-move, far away from any “classical” congress concept. With a wide variety of options to get into the action through street sport and spontaneous dances, visits to innovative facilities and plenty of time for networking, there was more to this year’s MOVE Congress than the traditional […]

The plenary session of the MOVE Congress 2015 on 6 November aimed to connect the data with the doers in physical activity promotion. In other words, grassroots stakeholders in physical activity are the mobilisers who can deliver compelling data to policy-makers, provide the solutions and ultimately make a difference. But often they are lacking the […]

The MOVE Congress 2015 opened in Copenhagen City Hall tonight with 200 delegates from five continents being welcomed by Copenhagen Mayor of Culture and Leisure, Carl Christian Ebbesen, and three interconnected presentations drawing inspiration from bestselling business author Simon Sinek*: Do you know your why? (by Mark Lowther from Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Sport), […]

Experts in grassroots sport advocacy, fundraising, trends and challenging target groups are ready to meet you in November! Visit the official MOVE Congress 2015 website to see who you can meet in Copenhagen on 5-7 November at one of the only conferences in the world dedicated to grassroots sport and physical activity. Our updated programme features […]