The call for good practices in physical activity promotion in socially disadvantaged groups was launched at the MOVE congress. ISCA’s team is asking to any organization to help them to find good examples of how to promote sport and physical activity among disadvantaged groups: ” Your contribution is of great importance to us and I encourage you to share the below information about the MOVE call for project experiences with your members, partners, stakeholders and any other contacts that you find relevant, so that they will also have a chance to submit their project experiences. ” said Mogens Kirkeby, President of ISCA.
MOVE call for good practices
In the MOVE project ISCA and eight Associate Partners have joined forces to promote physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups. The MOVE project sets out to collect and validate physical activity initiatives that have been successful in targeting socially disadvantaged groups. Identifying good practices in this field is the first of several major actions undertaken in the project.With the call for good practices, the MOVE partners invite organizations and institutions working in diverse fields such as physical activity and sport, health, education, urban planning and citizenship, among others, to submit descriptions of their own physical activity initiatives and projects that are aimed at socially disadvantaged groups.
Why this call?
Current patterns of engagement in physical activity show great inequalities and these are strongly linked to socioeconomic factors such as income, education, employment, and sociocultural aspects such as gender and ethnicity. People who are poorer, have little or no formal education, are unemployed or belonging to specific ethnic groups tend to engage less in physical activity and are less healthy.
How can these trends be reversed? How can we lower the barriers that prevent disadvantaged groups from participating in physical activity? The MOVE project represents a concerted effort to tackle these daunting challenges, moving people to move – and in particular the ones who are facing severe barriers for leading a physically active life.
Who can participate?
Any of your current or recently finished projects including recurring or ongoing activities and other types of initiatives is eligible for inclusion in this collection process, if they seek to promote physical activity and target socially disadvantaged groups. Special attention will be given to projects that target youth, girls and women, seniors, ethnic minorities and immigrants experiencing social disadvantage. The call will give priority to project experiences from Europe, but we also welcome project experiences from outside of Europe.You can submit your project experiences online via the MOVE website www.wemoveyou.eu, where you will also find more information about the call. Please note that the deadline for submission is 15 February 2012.
What is in it for you?
Participating in the MOVE collection of good practices involves several important advantages for you:
- Submitting your project experience(s) presents an opportunity for your work to be recognized as the one of 200 good practices in Europe. The collected project experiences will be evaluated by renowned universities against a pre-defined set of quality standards with a view to identifying good practices.
- Project experiences qualifying as good practices will be published in a database on the MOVE website and in a handbook. The MOVE website will feature the logo, a brief description and a link to the website of each of the organizations behind the good practices.
- A number of the good practices will be featured in the MOVE2013 congress to be held in Barcelona in October 2013. All costs of travel and accommodation for the presenter will be paid for.
- With your work featured in the MOVE database, your network will expand considerably. You will have easy access to a large group of organizations with experience and skills in the field of physical activity promotion in socially disadvantaged groups.