A new report titled "Designed to Move" reveals a growing epidemic of physical inactivity threatening the social and economic prosperity of the world. Presented by Nike, The American College of Sports Medicine, The International Council of Science & Physical Education and several other expert organizations, the report does two things: Consolidates the evidence for urgent action and lays out a simple action agenda to solve it."Designed to Move" details how society has engineered movement out of daily life, leading today's children to face a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The report calculates that if no action is taken, half of the Chinese and American populations will be physically inactive by 2030 along with a third of British and Brazilian populations, totaling 1 billion people. The report also outlines recommendations for how governments, civil societies, corporations, and individuals, among others, can contribute to the solution.Key call-outs from the report include:The top 10 killers in the 50 highest-income countries are all connected to a lack of physical inactivity. More deaths are now attributed to physical inactivity than smoking (5.3 million vs. 5 million respectively). The global cost of the five leading non-communicable diseases totaled $6.2 trillion in 2010, all linked to physical inactivity.Central to the study is a finding that the first 10 years of a child’s life provide a critical window for creating a lifelong commitment to physical activity. With children dropping out of physical activity earlier in life, European children are 50 percent less active by age 15 than they were at age 9; in the U.S., children are 75 percent less active at age 15 than at age 9. The unifying vision in the report is twofold: Create early positive experiences for children in sports and physical activity, and integrate physical activity into everyday life."By committing to create a healthier future, we believe there is an opportunity for all of us to think differently and work together to help reverse those trends that continue to prevent children around the world from having access to sport,” Denson said. "We can break cycles of physical inactivity where they are deeply entrenched and where they are beginning to emerge.”For more information and to see the full study, please visit www.designedtomove.org.
SSCN/ Designed to Move (DTM) Colloquium- 2014
Through colloquiums, discussions, workshops and roundtables the SSCN facilitated an introduction to the broader Design to Move initiative undertaken in South Africa. This was based on the objective of bringing together practitioners, civil society, local government, private sector and development agencies to better understand the causes and implications of the increase of physical inactivity in our society. Being a cross-cutting issue, sport and physical activity as a developmental instrument to achieve positive social and economic impact is continuously on the agenda of international cooperation.The colloquiums focused on three provinces, Gauteng, Free State and Eastern Cape. The Colloquiums are seen as one part of the DTM programme already initiated and implemented by Nike SA through the Butterflies Project. There was a good turn out from various stakeholders ranging from the Department of Basic Education, Universities, provincial Department of Health , to a number of the SSCN member organizations. The outputs of the colloquiums were as follows; Established understanding (success / challenges) of the landscape and impact of physical activity on society with specific reference to school sport, Identified tools, approaches and partnerships that currently exist and a revived urgency to tackle the problem resulting in commitment for on-going discussions, new cooperation’s and a call to action through collective buy in.
January 2015 SSCN/DTM Pilot Programme
SSCN hosted a workshop with the 3 participating NGO’s within the DTM Pilot Programme. The focus was specifically on the youth coaches set to work with the children from the 8 schools. From the Eastern Cape was Imvomvo, Gauteng Province was Altus Sport and Free State participating NGO was Free State Sport For Change. The youth coaches were trained around monitoring and evaluation of the programme. Data and critical information gathered through the M&E would be used for lessons learnt, planning future activities, and lobbying and advocacy campaigns. One of the main expected outputs of this pilot programme is the initiation of a global conversation on Designed to Move for benchmarking on successful implementation.
Transformation & Development through Sport (TADS)
Sport is about more than just having fun. It can also help bring about social change processes in Africa as well as in Germany, and even more in a cross-cultural context globally. The ‘level playing field’ on which sport is played is one which pays no heed to culture, religion or politics and promotes dialogue on a more light-hearted basis. Read more
TADS Conference 2013 - South Africa
4th - 6th September 2013 (Farm Inn | Pretoria)
The inspiration of the TADS Conference 2013 was to facilitate mutual learning amongst all participants for an improved understanding of the status and landscape of the Sport for Social Change sectors in Africa and Germany. TADS therefore aims at providing networking, stimulating discussions, and dynamic working sessions...