Call now closed

This call is now closed and the MOVE Transfer national initiatives for 2015/2016 have been selected.
What is MOVE Transfer?

The grassroots sport sector takes pride in sharing good practices and ISCA, as part of our ongoing work, has become aware of many practices that have proven so successful that transferring them to other settings would seem a very valuable investment. We have also noticed that successful local initiatives have not been brought to scale at a regional or national level.

Therefore, ISCA has created MOVE Transfer as a process of identifying physical activity initiatives for hard-to-reach populations that have run successfully in one organisation/community and transferring them to a new organisation/new community or scaling up within the same organisation/community. It involves extensive consultation from ISCA and an advisory board appointed especially to the project. This serves to develop the capacity of the initiatives and the organisations delivering the transfer.

What is “transferring” and what is “scaling up”?

Transferring (also referred to as Transfer below) is a procedure a physical activity initiative, the knowledge behind it and the professional expertise of the organisation that runs it is transferred from one organisation to another organisation and implemented by the new organisation.

Scaling up (also referred to as Scale-up below) is a process where a physical activity initiative is increased in scope or coverage within the same organisation. With the scale up process the number of participants/users/different groups reached by the physical activity initiative is expected to increase and in turn enhance the initiative’s implementation and the capacity of the organisation as a whole.

Who can apply

MOVE Transfer is open for any sport organisation and local community in Europe that is already carrying out a physical activity initiative for hard-to-reach populations and would like to transfer the initiative to another organisation/community. However, preference will be given to ISCA members in the selection process. So if you are not already an ISCA member, we encourage you be become one.

Become an ISCA Member

The INTERNATIONAL SPORT AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION (ISCA) is your opportunity to connect across borders and sectors with likeminded stakeholders in the field of grassroots sport, recreation and physical activity. Our 180 members in total (and 92 European members) span across five continents and is ever expanding. An ISCA membership has many advantages, including: • Access to ISCA’s extensive networks and continuous update with new trends and projects in grassroots sport • An increased international profile for your organisation • A strengthened voice in international policy making How can my organisation apply for ISCA membership? The answer is here:
What are hard-to-reach populations?

With 59% of the European population stating that they are rarely or never physically active (Eurobarometer, 2014), it could be argued that a large proportion of the European population is hard-to-reach when it comes to their uptake of physical activity initiatives.

But there are some groups in society that are more difficult to engage in physical activity than others due to various factors, including their access to facilities, motivation, physical capabilities, lack of knowledge about where they can participate in recreation, cost and other circumstances (Dunn, Drust, Murphy & Richardson, 2012, p. 282). These groups include:

  • Youth with deprived backgrounds and/or with behavioural problems
  • Women and girls
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Elderly people
  • Disabled people
  • Homeless people


Dunn, K. et al. (2012). The challenge of engaging hard-to-reach populations in regular sport and physical activity. Available online at

Eurobarometer. (2014). Special Eurobarometer 412 – “Sport and physical activity”. Available online at

What’s in it for you?

MOVE Transfer is a 10-month process consisting of extensive consultation on development of your initiative, leading to the transfer of the initiative to new organisation/community or to the scale-up of the initiative within your organisation/community.

Here are some of the features of the MOVE Transfer process:

Consultation and workshops

  • A customised action plan (developed between your organisation and ISCA project staff) outlining the purpose, scope and methodology for the transfer/scale-up of your initiative.
  • 2 meetings with all MOVE Transfer initiatives (kick-off and final meeting) and with ISCA and/or experts to ensure the networking and knowledge sharing.
  • One on-site visit with ISCA and/or experts to ensure the knowledge base for implementation of the transfer and that the expectations and activities are balanced.
  • Ongoing consultations between ISCA project staff and your organisation to follow the transfer procedure and indicators.
  • Multilateral workshops on topics selected by the participants in connection with ISCA’s Annual Conference and General Assembly.       This will give you opportunities to network with 300 participants from around the world who are looking for new insights and good practice examples from organisations in grassroots sport.

Mid-term and final personalised assessment

  • Mid-term evaluation to ensure the process is going according to your needs
  • End-term evaluation to ensure the process has fulfilled your needs
  • Additional evaluation as the project management team or your organisation deems necessary
Full package described above has the value of 5000€.

Implementation of the transfer/scale-up

  • Public relations support for disseminating and amplifying the impact/human interest stories of the transfer or scale-up.
  • Communications support in telling the story of how sending and receiving organisations are contributing to the NowWeMOVE campaign vision of 100 million more people active in physical activity by 2020.

Addition to all events and consultations described above, we will support with 3000 € (cash contribution) the implementation of the transfer or scale up of the initiative. 

What do we expect from you?

Human resources

  • We recommend that you assign two persons from your organisation who will be dedicated to securing the implementation and the quality of the transfer/scale-up. It is recommended that one person is a coordinator/manager of the initiative and one person is a “decision maker” in your organisation (e.g. a board member, general manager, etc.).
  • It is a requirement that one of the persons is assigned for the entire period of the process that is from 2015-2016. The second person (described as a decision maker) can come on board on and off for specific tasks (e.g. going to the kick off meeting, preparing the action plan).
  • There will be no staff costs covered by the project. All costs related to meetings, travel and accommodation will be covered by ISCA.
  • The coordinator(s) are required to understand, speak and write fluent English. 

Coordinator’s role and commitments:

The coordinator’s role/commitment will be to:

  • be responsible for transferring (or scaling up) the initiative and carrying out its implementation in the new organisation/community;
  • monitor and evaluate the transfer activities at the local level and report to ISCA and to the Advisory Board;
  • share expertise and experience at the kick-off meeting, other meetings and workshops, and during consultations;
  • help to interpret support materials and literature in the local setting;
  • participate at the kick-off meeting organised by ISCA;
    • write up/draft the action plan for the transfer/scale-up (in cooperation with ISCA and the receiving organisation/city/group)
    • have bilateral meetings with new organisation where the original initiative will be transferred;
    • host an on-site meeting with the ISCA team or/and an invited expert;
    • participate at the mid-term meeting (and multilateral workshop) with the ISCA team, Advisory Board, other experts and other national/local organisations (connected to the MOVE Congress).
Criteria for the project selection
  1. Administrative criteria: The application must be submitted by the deadline set in this call (1.5.2015);
  2. Target group: The target group of the initiative is hard-to-reach populations (as described above);
  3. Duration of the initiative: The initiative is up and running and has produced positive results;
  4. Inclusion and participation: The target group is considered and involved in the design and implementation of the transfer/scale up;
  5. Organisational capacity: The organisation/community is committed to the transfer/scale-up and can demonstrate the capacity and leadership to make the transfer/scale-up;
  6. Financial viability: The organisation/community can secure additional funding for the transfer/scale up and for the sustainability of the initiative after the 10 months transfer/scale up process;
  7. Motivation and planning: The organisation/community can describe why the transfer/scale-up should take place and how to implement the process;
  8. Good governance of the organisation/community: The applicant organisation completes the Good Governance in Grassroots Sport Self-assessment tool (assessing good governance in their organisation) and sends their results to ISCA before 1.5.2015.
How to apply

7 initiatives will be selected to go through the MOVE Transfer (national) process in 2015/2016. Note: Deadline extended to 7 May 2015. Applications must be sent no later than on 7 May 2015 via the online form below. Received applications will be reviewed for a period of 2 weeks. A decision about the selected applicants will be taken on 21.5.2015 and successful applicants will be notified by 23.5.2015.

This call has now closed.