International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)

ISCA is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity. Created in 1995, ISCA is today a global actor closely cooperating with its 231 member organisations, international NGOs, and public and private sector stakeholders. Its 40 million individual members from 83 countries on five continents represent a diverse group of people active within the sport and physical activity sector.

Created with the aim of providing an alternative to the increasingly performance-based attitude of the international sports federations, ISCA has grown rapidly since its foundation. ISCA’s philosophy is that sport is not just about competition and exercise, but also involves having a good time and making friends. Moreover, sport regulates social behaviour and creates a feeling of belonging – which in turn leads to a strengthening of democracy.

ISCA established the MOVE Congress in 2009 as a forum for cross-sector stakeholders in sport and physical activity – from clubs to local authorities, to universities and facility experts – to meet each other and exchange best practices that MOVE people across the globe.

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Birmingham City Council

Birmingham, England is an ethnically and culturally diverse city. The city is the second most populous city in the United Kingdom after London, with a population of over 1.1 million people with over 410,000 households. With Birmingham’s fast growing nature of the population which is growing faster than the UK average, the city will need an estimated 84,000 new homes from 2011 to 2031.Birmingham is a very young city, with nearly half the population being 30 or under, but with a growing number of very elderly residents.

Birmingham is a super diverse city, benefiting from many different nationalities, faiths, languages, ethnicities and cultures which are now creating new hybrid cultural identities.

Birmingham – A whole council focus to make a positive difference every day for citizens of Birmingham

To make our vision real we have identified four clear priorities and linked them with key drivers of change for our city and citizens. These are as follows.

Sport England

Sport England is a national “non-departmental public body”. Our vision is that everyone in England, regardless of age, background or ability, feels able to take part in sport or activity. We will achieve our vision through strong partnership working, evidence built on insight and evaluation, through really understanding behaviour change and placing the customer at the heart of our thinking and decision making.

In May 2016 we launched our current strategy “Towards an Active Nation” and outlined the work we will do between 2017 and 2021 to increase the number of people getting active. It’s our response to the Government’s “Sporting Future” strategy, which was published in December 2015.  Our Strategy sets out in detail our ambition and the contribution we will make to achieving the Government’s priorities.
We seek to increase the number of people who engage in sport and activity, not for its own sake but for the wider benefits it can bring, in terms of physical and mental wellbeing and individual, community and economic development. We have a strong focus on tacking inactivity and tackling the “stubborn inequalities” of underrepresentation in participation.

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Founded in 2006, StreetGames is a leading UK civil society organisation committed to empowering young people with fewer opportunities to lead a healthy active lifestyle and improve their employability skills. A registered charity, our aim is to focus on the UKs most economically inactive areas. There are currently over 3.5 million young people in the UK living in poverty, and who experience significantly fewer opportunities than their more affluent peers. StreetGames impacts on the lives of over 75,000 young people per year across the UK. Our girls programme ensures over 40% of our beneficiaries are female. Over 25% of our beneficiaries are from diverse cultural backgrounds. Over 5% of our beneficiaries have a disability.

StreetGames has a credible evidence base of the positive impact on the health and the employability skills of the young people we work with so that they can be active in the UK labour market. This work is also having an impact on the communities in which those young people live, by increasing active citizenship, and increasing collaboration between young people, older people, and increasing family activities. StreetGames implements a youth led approach to all of our work and services.

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Youth Sport Trust

As an independent UK based charity, the Youth Sport Trust (YST) is devoted to building a brighter future for young people. We believe every child has a right to access high quality physical education (PE), school sport and physical activity and, in an ever-changing and challenging global environment, we have a responsibility to support all young people. Created in 1995, YST has a track record of delivering high quality training and targeted interventions tackling inactivity, promoting inclusion, developing volunteering and leadership skills and improving health and wellbeing. We provide services to over 4,000 member schools and work closely with a range of partners, including government, local authorities, governing bodies of sport and companies, to help young people address the issues and challenges they face today and equip them with the skills they need to live healthy, happy and successful lives.

Our trading arm, Youth Sport Direct (YSD) provides a range of innovative products and services to aid the delivery of great experiences in PE, sport and physical activity. All profits are covenanted back to the charity to support more young people through sport. We also have an international arm which uses the unique power of sport around the world to improve young people’s lives.  Over the past 20 years Youth Sport Trust International has inspired young people in over 60 countries across five continents.

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The Wild Network

The Wild Network is the innovation and inspiration network for the rewilding of childhood. We grow Wild Time (time spent outdoors) by delivering projects that overcome the barriers preventing communities, schools and families from getting enough of it in their lives. Our projects are developed to address challenges presented to us by a range of partners, including NGO’s, local or national government, brands or directly by our community.

Our aim is to use our creative expertise to surface and showcase the stories of rewilding happening around the world so that we can inspire more people to take action themselves. Over the last three years we have developed a range of interventions such as the film Project Wild Thing (seen by a global audience in excess of 1 million) the Wild Time app and Wild Time Learning. In 2017, we are pioneering approaches to rewilding the city in collaboration with Birmingham City Council.

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