Game-Based Approaches in Physical Education in Ireland

3rd December 2021

To whom it may concern,

As part of my remit within the International Advisory Board of the Teaching Games for Understanding Special Interest Group of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, I am undertaking a linked series of projects to audit current practice in relation to games-based approaches in both sports coaching and physical education on the island of Ireland, including identifying existing resources and resource gaps.

I have recruited a number of final year physical education students to assist me with the initial stages of this project, which involves surveys of pre-service physical education teachers and of practicing teachers about (a) their experiences of games-based approaches within their secondary school physical education, and (b) their experiences of teaching via a games-based approach. Would you be able to assist us by promoting the study/link to the survey amongst your members?

We have already generated some interesting data from pre-service teachers at a number of Irish universities, and would be happy to share the results of this research with you if you would like.

The survey (including all participant information and consent) is available here: We can put together a brief video or poster if that would be helpful.

If you have any questions or comments on the above, please reach out.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Phil Kearney

Principal Investigator Contact Details:

Dr. Philip Kearney, PESS Dept. University of Limerick,

Tel (061) 202844


This research study has received Ethics approval from the Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee (2021_06_01_EHS).

If you have any concerns about this study and wish to contact someone independent you may contact:

Chair Education and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee
EHS Faculty Office
University of Limerick
Tel (061) 234101