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INTERNATIONAL SPORT AND CULTURE Association Fast facts and figureS Founded in 1995

55.000.000 people

€1.028.978 income in 2010

143 member organisations

5 continents

12 executives

71 countries

12 employees

11 large-scale EU funded projects 36 EU grants

3 MOVE congresses 13.191 newsletter recipients

10 websites 821 Facebook friends

Working more than 5.915 days for 1 goal : MOVING PEOPLE

12 networks The INTERNATIONAL SPORT AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION (ISCA) is a global platform open to organizations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity. ISCA is today a global actor closely cooperating with its member organizations, international NGOs, and public and private sector stakeholders. ISCA conceives sport as an integral part of civic life and promotes active participation through attractive offers that encourage the citizens’ involvement in sports, health-related exercises, recreational activities, leisure activities and games. ISCA and its members act as enabler of physical activity offers locally, nationally and internationally. Understanding and acting upon people’s expectations and demands is the daily challenge for our members and it is our key task to support them in meeting these demands and in being front-runners in spotting and developing new trends.

“We build international relations between people, cultures, organizations and sectors. Seeing sport as a culture of movement, we develop opportunities for learning, inspiration and action to induce social change.” ISCA Mission statement

GR ASSROOTS SPORT IS TOP OF THE POP Participation in grassroots sport is in fact ‘top of the pop’ and not the bottom of the pyramid as often depicted. The archaic view of a pyramidal sport and physical activity fails to adequately describe the size and functional links between the different actors in sport and physical activity. Just as in music, fashion or art, ‘pop’ describes a popular or widespread trend among ordinary people. Grassroots sport is by numbers and participation levels at the top of popular human activities. Grassroots sport is not the bottom of a pyramid. It is simply top of the pop!

European sport federations

ISCA embraces the recent findings of Prof. J. Scheerder et al. from the University of Leuwen advancing the ‘CHURCH MODEL’, which illustrates more precisely the size and intersections of the different sectors in the field of sport and physical activity. Indeed, ISCA’s member organisations mainly operate in recreational sport and competitive sport.

Elite Sport High level competitive sport

National sport federations Regional sport federations



Sport clubs


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Walking the walk and talking the talk

“No other organisation in the sport sector is anywhere close to ISCA’s record with regard to tendering and implementing EU funded projects. The European Commission has recognized ISCA for its international fieldwork.” ISCA Secretary General, Jacob Schouenborg

ISCA pursues a two-fold strategy leveraging on one hand the inspiration and development of the sport and physical activity sector through international project work and on the other hand the political advocacy through a continuous dialogue with international decision-makers. ISCA’s brand value is built on a high credibility vis-àvis European institutions, an outstanding track record in tendering and implementing EU funded projects, an ambitious long-term strategy featuring the involvement of 100 million more Europeans in sport and physical activity by 2020, and finally a close relation to its member organisations. We are committed to facilitate international networks and cross-sectoral cooperation by consulting diverse sets of stakeholders and thereby serve as a joint research and development agency for the sport and physical activity sector. Thus, ISCA continues building its record as a promoter, innovator and advocate of the grassroots sport movement.

PROJECT portfolio The SPORT AND CULTURES IN DIALOGUE involves 10 national sport organizations from 10 European countries engaging in a direct and trans-national dialogue between citizens in existing EU member countries and in 3 candidate countries from South East Europe. The project focuses on the role that sport and sport organizations play in developing a strong civil society as a basis for a successful EU accession process. www.mydialogue.info The Sport Action Network of Europe SANTE is an ambitious health-promoting venture of 17 partners from across Europe including sport organizations, esteemed universities, businesses and local government. As sport holds great potential for promoting healthenhancing physical activity, SANTE sets out to support cross-sector innovative partnerships fostering education across Europe and the information of future policy initiatives within health enhancing physical activity. www.mysante.info


EUROVOLNET is a transnational initiative within the context of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 project that fosters the exchange of best practices regarding legal, organizational and funding related aspects of voluntary activity in sport. The project partners form a network of actors involved in the management and running of sport associations. www.eurovolnet.info The MOVE project is founded on the proposition that everybody is entitled to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. In this spirit, ISCA has teamed-up with 8 core partner organisations and 15 collaborating partners to take up the challenge of promoting physical activity among socially disadvantaged groups. The MOVE project collects and qualifies good practices that have been successful in targeting youth, ethnic minorities and immigrants, girls and women, and finally seniors. www.wemoveyou.eu

The GOOD GOVERNANCE IN GRASSROOTS SPORT project aims at increasing the capacity of non- governmental grassroots sport organizations in Europe to govern in a transparent and accountable way. As grassroots sport is most often based on small, local sport clubs relying heavily on voluntary work, the project addresses crucial issues such as the financial stability and the relations to public authorities. The partnership involves 22 partners, including national sports organisations, universities and international partners such as Transparency International and Special Olympics. The MOVE CONGRESSES are part of ISCA’s endeavour to create a yearly meeting-point where all our partners from grassroots sport, businesses, governments and international decision makers can meet and exchange in a vibrant 3 day congress setup. The MOVE congress was held in Copenhagen (2009), Frankfurt (2010), Paris (2011) and will move to Sao Paulo (2012) and Barcelona (2013). www.move2011.info

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ADVOCACY IN SPORT AND PHYSiCAL ACTIVITY Throughout its project and advocacy work ISCA addresses a wide range of stakeholders directly or indirectly related to the sport and physical activity sector. We pursue a culture of open dialogue and engagement, as real impact can only be achieved through cooperation and consolidated action. Beyond our member base we liaise with a wide range of stakeholders including the following core constituents: APPOINTMENTS AND AFFILIATIONS • Member of the Steering Committee of InternationalPlatform for Sport and Development • Member of World Social Forum • Member of the Program Committee of Play the Game European Union: Member of European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health • European Union: Observer in the Expert group: Sport, Health and Participation • Council of Europe: Member of Consultative Committee of Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport • Council of Europe: Member of the Advisory Council and Joint Council on Youth • Member of European Civil Society Platform on Life Long Learning • Member of ECAS – European Citizens’ Action Service • 2011: Member of the European Year of Volunteering Alliance • 2012: Member of the European Year for Active Ageing Coalition Ongoing external relations: • World Health Organisation • UNESCO • UNICEF • United Nations Office for Sport, Development and Peace • United Nations Environmental Programme • UN Habitat • US President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition • Council of Europe – European Youth Foundation • World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry • Federation of the European Play Industry • Sport et Citoyenneté • European Health and Fitness Association • International Council of Sport, Science and Physical Education • European Cyclists’ Federation • Union of International Architects, Sport and Leisure Group SISTER ORGANISATIONS IN GRASSROOTS SPORTS • Confédération Européenne Sport Santé - CESS • Association For International Sport for All - TAFISA International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts - CIOFF • European Non-Governmental Sport Organisations – ENGSO, ENGSO Youth • European Federation of Company Sport - EFCS • Confédération Sportive Internationale du Travail - CSIT • Nordic Youth Associations - NSU Media partners • Euractiv.com • Play the Game • Sport and Citizenship • UISPress International 3

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President Mogens Kirkeby Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI), Denmark

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Luiza Souza Dias Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC), Brazil

Vice-president Herbert Hartmann Deutscher Turner Bund (DTB), Germany

Liliana Ortiz de La Cruz Fundacion pro Deporte y Recreacion para todos, Colombia

N. Shanmugarajah South East Asian Gymnastics Confederation (SEAGCON), Malaysia

Elizabeth Paoliello Universidade Estandual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Jean-Claude Arnaud Union Sportive de l’enseignement de premier degré (USEP), France

Rado Cvetek Sport Union of Slovenia (SUS), Slovenia

Filippo Fossati Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti (UISP), Italy


Toni Llop Unio Barcelonina d’Associacions Esportives (UBAE), Spain

Cheung Siu Yin Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong, China

Honorary Member Ruggero Alcanterini Federazione Italiana Sport per Tutti (FIST), Italy 4

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staff ISCA SECRETARIAT JACOB SCHOUENBORG Secretary General js@isca-web.org Working areas: International relations, organisational management, secretariat and staff management, project supervision, political representation and policy making

MARVIN RADFORD External Relations Manager mra@isca-web.org Working areas: Project Development, Fundraising, Partner Development

JEAN-LUC FRAST Public Relations Manager jlf@isca-web.org Working areas: Communication, branding and profiling, new media.

SASKA BENEDICIC TOMAT Project Manager sbt@isca-web.org Working area: SANTE Project, Sport and Cultures in Dialogue Project, EuroVolNet Project, MOVE congress, SPORTVISION2012.

HANNE MÜLLER Project Manager hm@isca-web.org Working areas: Latin America, Southeast Europe, MOVE project, Nordic Youth Associations.

ANDERS THARSGAARD Project Manager at@isca-web.org Working areas: Project Portfolio Management and interaction at various levels with ISCA members.

KASPER HØGSTRUP MØLGAARD Youth Coordinator km@isca-web.org Working areas: Project consulting, youth training, Nordic Youth Associations.

TATIANA CAMARGO ISCA Latin America Secretary iscala@sescsp.org.br Working areas: Support to the ISCA Latin America Continental Chairperson. Tatiana works from the ISCA Latin America Secretariat in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

SORIN BURUIANA Youth Network Coordinator sb@isca-web.org Working areas: ISCA Youth Network, youth activities and training, youth coordination.

ANNE-FLORE ANGOT Youth Officer (EVS from September 2010 to June 2011) afa@isca-web.org Working areas: ISCA Youth Network, youth activities and training, youth coordination.

CRISTIANA ALEXANDRA NASTASE Youth Officer (EVS from September 2010 to June 2011) can@isca-web.org Working areas: ISCA Youth Network, youth activities and training, youth coordination.

BAPTISTE COLIN Youth Officer (EVS from September 2011 to August 2012) bc@isca-web.org Working areas: ISCA Youth Network, youth activities and training, youth coordination.

PEDRO BELLINI EMMANOELLI Youth Officer (EVS from September 2011 to August 2012) pe@isca-web.org Working areas: ISCA Youth Network, youth activities and training, youth coordination.

CARLA SANTOS Youth Officer (EVS from September 2011 to August 2012) cs@isca-web.org Working areas: ISCA Youth Network, youth activities and training, youth coordination.

Adam Aisen Project Manager aa@isca-web.org Working Areas: SPORTVISION2012 development and fundraising.


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The INTERNATIONAL SPORT AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION (ISCA) is a global platform open to organizations working within the field of sport for all,...

ISCA Presentation  

The INTERNATIONAL SPORT AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION (ISCA) is a global platform open to organizations working within the field of sport for all,...