What is the MOVE Congress?

The MOVE Congress is one of the world’s most dynamic conferences dedicated to sport and physical activity. The MOVE Congress 2017 contributes to the NowWeMOVE vision of 100 million more Europeans physically active by 2020. In 2017, MOVE Congress will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 4−6 October 2017.

What is the theme of the MOVE Congress 2017 and what does it mean?

The 2017 theme of the MOVE Congress is Human Right to MOVE: as humans, we have the right to MOVE, and as stakeholders in sport and physical activity it is our duty to help our fellow citizens exercise this right.

When and where is the MOVE Congress 2017 happening?

In 2017, MOVE Congress will be hosted by Birmingham. The conference dates are 4–6 October. Read more about the City of Birmingham and the conference venue here.

Who are the organisers of MOVE Congress 2017?

The MOVE Congress was established by ISCA in 2009 as a forum for cross-sector stakeholders in sport and physical activity. Up to this day, they remain the main organisers of the event.

In 2017, ISCA’s partners Birmingham City Council, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, StreetGames and Wild Network are bringing the event to the UK for the first time.

The full list of 2017 MOVE Congress partners can be found here.

Why shouldn't I miss the MOVE Congress 2017?

This is best explained by Mogens Kirkeby, President of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA):

“If you have a goal to get more people physically active, the MOVE Congress in Birmingham is the right place to be this October. Several countries are experiencing a stagnation or even a decrease in the level of physical activity among their citizens. The growing trend of urbanisation is putting pressure on the space available for people living in cities to enjoy an active lifestyle. Even though we know that physical activity is a ‘wonder drug’ we are still faced with an inactivity pandemic that is being likened to a ticking time bomb.

We are all looking for the people who have ideas and solutions that we can use locally to get more people moving. So if you bring one good idea to Birmingham, we will make sure you take home several solutions.

Get inspired and inspire others at the MOVE Congress.”

Who can I meet at the MOVE Congress?

MOVE Congress 2017 is your opportunity to meet our network of organisations and individuals who are moving people worldwide: our international speakers who are transforming urban spaces, schools and hard-to-reach communities, and reconnecting adults and children with nature; and our partners Birmingham City Council, Sport England, StreetGames, Youth Sport Trust and the Wild Network.

The conference is open for everyone. Whether you are the sport and culture coordinator in your local community, a sports club manager, MOVE Agent, urban planner, local authority, health manager, academic, school staff member, facilities expert, sport federation, or a member of the sporting goods industry – your next winning partnership can be made at the MOVE Congress.

Check out the programme and find the topic that MOVEs you!

Together, we are the enablers of the human right to MOVE. And the transformation from inactive to active communities starts with us – right now.

What topics does the MOVE Congress 2017 cover?

In 2017, the MOVE Congress is designed around four different tracks:

Track 1: MOVEment Spaces: Reframing Urban Spaces for Physical Activity

Track 2: ReMOVING Barriers – Getting it Right: Removing Barriers to Physical Activity

Track 3: Me Time, Wellbeing Time – WILD Time! Bringing Physical Activity Back to Nature

Track 4: Active School Communities: Creating an Active Culture for Every Child

By gathering keynote speakers and moderators, the #MOVECONGRESS showcases good practices, trends and discussions relating to the sport for all sector. See the full programme.

Who will be speaking at the MOVE Congress 2017?

We announce speakers on the webpage as soon as they are confirmed. A complete list of speakers will be announced in September.

Please sign up to the ISCA newsletter for regular updates.

Where can I see the programme of the MOVE Congress 2017?

The full programme is available here: https://www.movecongress.com/program/ Please check it regularly for updates or sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date.

Where can I see the photos of the MOVE Congress 2017?

Photos from the MOVE Congress will be uploaded under the official Facebook event as well as to the NowWeMOVE Flickr page during and after the event.

What is the official hashtag of the MOVE Congress 2017?

Share the experience in social media channels by using the following hashtag: #MOVECONGRESS.


I would like to join the conference as a speaker? How can I do that?

The official programme is coordinated by ISCA and the main tracks of the conference are already fixed. However, if you would like to pitch an idea, please contact us at [email protected]


How can I join the MOVE Congress as a participant and how much does it cost?

Register now for the MOVE Congress here. Take advantage of our early bird fee of €200 until 31 July. After 1 August the fee will be €250. If you are member of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), or part of an ISCA or partner project that has a project meeting in connection with the MOVE Congress, you will receive an official invitation from the organisers.

What is the working language of the MOVE Congress 2017?

The working language of the conference is English.

Do the organisers cover the travel costs?

No, the organisers do not cover the travel costs of the participants.


Where is the venue of the conference?

The venue – Birmingham Conference and Events Centre (BCEC) – is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street station, with easy access by car and bus.

The address:

Hill Street,


B5 4EW

United Kingdom

Where can I stay during the conference? What are the hotels nearby?

We have listed a number of hotels in Birmingham here. All recommended hotels are within easy reach of the conference venue by public transport and close to Birmingham central station with access to airport and long-distance trains.

As the organisers have not made reservations at any of these hotels, we kindly ask you to make your own travel arrangements. Please do so at your earliest convenience. The links provided will take you directly to the hotels’ booking pages.

Need more options? The Official Birmingham Visitor Website‘s accommodation search engine can be found here.


What else can I do and see in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a city that is leaping forward in physical activity promotion, proving it has successful strategies to reach some of the hardest to reach members of the community through innovative physical activity initiatives such as Active Parks, Big Birmingham Bikes, Active Streets, and other forms of free physical activity, both inside and outdoors.

Click here to see what’s happening in Birmingham in the beginning of October or see the Visit Birmingham site for sightseeing opportunities. In addition, here are some handpicked suggestions to stay active before, during, and after the conference:

MOVING water: Discover the Canals in Birmingham

MOVING view: Enjoy the view at the Library of Birmingham

MOVING pictures: Visit the UK’s oldest working cinema – The Electric

Contemporary MOVES: Get inspired by contemporary art at IKON

How can I stay active during the conference? What are the exercising opportunities in Birmingham?

At the MOVE Congress we talk the talk AND we walk the walk. As physical activity promoters, this means we don’t sit still for long! The MOVE Congress always features active breaks that get delegates moving at regular intervals during the session. Birmingham also offers a lot of opportunities for moving. 571 parks totalling over 3500 hectares of public open space is more than in any other equivalent sized European cities.

Find your MOVEment space with the help of our partner, Birmingham City Council, on their website.