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Irish Sports Monitor 2017 Half-Year Report


Sport Ireland

Subject Keywords: Participation in sport
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

Sport Ireland has published its half-year Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) Report for the months January to June in 2017.

Sport Ireland’s Irish Sports Monitor is the largest ongoing instrument for tracking active and social participation in sport by Irish people aged 16 and over. There have been seven annual waves of the survey in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

The ISM involves telephone-based[1] interviews of over 8,000 adults annually, asking detailed questions about their active participation in sport and recreational walking; their volunteering, club membership and attendance at sporting events; and their active commuting habits. It has provided insight on trends in participation in sport and physical activity at a population level as well as by age, gender, social class, disability and region. It has also provided insight on policy-related issues around gender and sport, transitions into and out of sports participation; motivations for, and barriers to, participation in sport; and perceptions around the role of Government in sport.    

Having commenced around the same time as Ireland’s recent economic woes, the ISM has acted as something of a barometer for the social and economic turmoil which the country has seen during the last 10 years. Indeed, one of the key messages from the ISM has been the importance of these social and economic forces in shaping participation in sport and physical activity over the last 10 years. Rises and falls in participation in sport and physical activity (Including active commuting) have been closely linked to key changes in the country’s social and economic circumstances during this period.

The latest report from the ISM, a half year report for the first 6 months of 2017, again reflects the influence of social and economic circumstances on people’s behaviour around sport and physical activity. In terms of the type of outcomes desired by Sport Ireland and partners involved in promoting sport and physical activity it presents varied results. Active and social participation in sport are slightly down on the previous 2015 results, while the numbers participating in recreational walking and active commuting have slightly increased. The proportion of those meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines through taking part in sport or recreation walking has also slightly increased while the numbers who are effectively inactive[2] have remained static.



Rights: © Irish Sports Council (ISC)
Suggested citation:

Sport Ireland. (2017) Irish Sports Monitor 2017 Half-Year Report [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th October 2019].


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