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MOVE Congress 2017

Human Right to MOVE.

The 8th MOVE Congress was held in Birmingham, UK, from 4-6 October 2017 and gathered stakeholders in grassroots sport and physical activity from six continents under the theme “the Human Right to MOVE”.

The conference put the spotlight on local and international initiatives that are removing the barriers that typically stop people from being active in the communities: from social, to socio-economic, to urban planning, distance and cost.

Five UK partners helped host the MOVE Congress 2017: Birmingham City Council, Sport England, StreetGames, Youth Sport Trust and the Wild Network.

With an opening session that transformed Birmingham Council House’s Banqueting Hall into a 5Rhythms “ISCA Disco”, presentations that got delegates thinking and sharing their views, and a Bhangra and barn dance workshop at the networking dinner – the Congress upheld its tradition as one of the most active conferences in the world.

“I don’t think the city [of Birmingham] has seen an opening of a Congress like this before,” Birmingham City Councillor Ian Ward said in his opening speech after the conga lines and free flowing dances had murmured to an end.

Together, the organisations who took part in this year’s MOVE Congress are enablers of the human right to MOVE. And the transformation from inactive to active communities starts with us – right now.

The MOVE Congress 2017 focused on the following themes:

  • MOVEment Spaces: Reframing Urban Spaces for Physical Activity
  • ReMOVING Barriers – Getting it Right: Engaging Hard-to-Reach Groups in Physical Activity
  • Me Time, Wellbeing Time, WILD Time! Bringing Physical Activity Back to Nature
  • Active School Communities: Creating an Active Culture for Every Child

The MOVE Congress 2017 was supported by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Sport Collaborative Partnership projects ActiveVoice, MOVEment Spaces and Active School Communities.

Programme Committee: Saska Benedicic Tomat (ISCA, lead), Mogens Kirkeby (ISCA), Karen Creavin (Birmingham City Council).

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