Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland, Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly and Nick Fitzpatrick, ESRI, Dublin, 18/12/2013
The largest study of participation in sport and exercise ever conducted in Ireland was published today (Wednesday 18 December) by Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport. Keeping them in the Game, commissioned by the Irish Sports Council and compiled by ESRI researchers, provides evidence for policy from three large nationally representative surveys of activity, covering everyone from primary school children to older adults. In launching the report Minister Michael Ring highlighted “the importance of having research of this quality in order to inform important policy decisions around trying to increase the number of Irish people taking part in sport throughout their lives”.
Key findings include:
The study discusses a number of policy implications.
Speaking at the launch, John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council said: “The Irish Sports Council has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. It is vital that we and our key stakeholders have access to this type of research to underpin our efforts in this regard.” Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council acknowledged the thought provoking report “which will be given consideration by the Council in the context of ISC’s strategy for sport”.
Report author Dr. Pete Lunn, ESRI, said: “The findings imply a need to change the way we think about promoting sport and exercise. We are good at getting children involved – it’s keeping people involved as they get older that is the problem. The evidence suggests we could focus more on the major transitions in people’s lives and try to make it easier for them to continue to be active.”
For further information on the research please contact:
Dr. Pete Lunn, ESRI, +353 1 8632013, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Elish Kelly, ESRI, +353 1 8632063, email@example.com.
Peter Smyth, Director of Research, Irish Sports Council, +353 1 8608809;
Paul Farrell, Head of Marketing, Irish Sports Council, +353 1 8608806.
Notes for Editors:
1. Keeping them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland by Dr. Pete Lunn, Dr. Elish Kelly and Nick Fitzpatrick, will be published on our website on Wednesday 18/12/2013 at 14:00.
2. The report is on based data from three nationally representative surveys, the Children’s Sport and Physical Activity Study, the School Leavers’ Survey and the Irish Sports Monitor. Data were collected from a total of over 30,000 respondents aged 10 and up.
3. Other joint publications in the research programme on sport and physical activity are available at www.irishsportscouncil.ie and www.esri.ie.
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