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. But this has not often happened. That is why ISCA created MOVE Transfer.

MOVE Transfer is divided into two interrelated strands that aim to transfer and scale up good examples of grassroots sport initiatives for hard-to-reach populations:

  • MOVE Transfer national, a 10-month process which involves transferring successful initiatives from one organisation and community to another organisation and community in the same country; and
  • MOVE Transfer international, an 18-month process which identifies initiatives with potential to be transferred to another country.

The MOVE Transfer national and international processes involve 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 them in both settings as the transfer process is underway.

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 difficult backgrounds or behavioural problems
  • Women and girls
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Elderly people
  • Disabled people
  • Homeless people