National Physical Literacy Environmental Scan – Survey Completion

Dear colleagues,


Apologies for any cross posting. Sport Ireland, in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland, have initiated a project to develop a All-island Statement for Physical Literacy. A research team are currently working on developing a relevant definition for physical literacy for the island of Ireland, and they have developed a short survey to gather information from people in Ireland, currently working in areas relating to physical activity and sport participation in young people.


This survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete, and can be completed anonymously up until the 20th of December. The information gathered will be used to help inform the development of Ireland’s first definition for physical literacy, and the responses will also allow the project team to build a picture of the range of existing opportunities for physical literacy development across the island of Ireland.


We would ask that you please send this survey to any stakeholders to whom you think it might be relevant, for example this might include coaches, teachers, programme developers, development officers, and volunteers. We would appreciate you also taking the time yourself to complete the survey. Please note that all data will be kept confidential to the research team, and individuals will not be identified at any stage of the published reports.


Survey can be found here:


Best regards,

Physical Literacy Research team


(Dr. Wesley O’Brien (UCC), Dr. Sarahjane Belton (DCU), Ms. Sinead Connolly (UU), Dr. Elaine Murtagh (MIC), Prof Marie Murphy (UU), Mr. Kyle Ferguson (UU))

Dr. Wesley O’Brien

Director B.Ed Sports Studies and Physical Education

Lecturer, School of Education

2 Lucan Place, Western Road

University College Cork

Tel: 021 490 2319

Twitter: @wesleyob1


2018 International Teaching and Research Scholar The University of Winnipeg, Canada

Recent Publications

O’Brien, W., (2019). Promoting active lifestyles in schools edited by Jo Harris and Lorraine Cale.’ Sport, Education and Society. 24(8), 907-911. DOI:

Belton, S., O’Brien, W., McGann, J., & Issartel, J. (2019). ‘Bright spots physical activity investments that work: Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH).’ British Journal of Sports Medicine. 53(4), 208-212.  DOI:

Belton, S.,  Issartel, J., McGrane, B., Powell, D., & O’Brien, W. (2019). ‘The Y-PATH programme: A consideration for physical literacy in Irish youth, and implications for physical education in a changing landscape.’ Irish Educational Studies. 38(2), 193-211 DOI:

Bolger, L., Bolger, L., O’Neill, C., Coughlan, E., O’Brien, W., Lacey, S., & Burns, C. (2019). ‘The Effectiveness of Two Interventions on Fundamental Movement Skill Proficiency Among a Cohort of Irish Primary Children.’ Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 7(2), 153-179. DOI:

Bolger, L., Bolger, L., O’Neill, C., Coughlan, E., O’Brien, W., Lacey, S., & Burns, C. (2019). ‘Accuracy of children’s perceived skill competence and its association with physical activity.’ Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 16(1), 29-36. DOI:

Bolger, L., Bolger, L., O’Neill, C., Coughlan, E., Lacey, S., & O’Brien, W., & Burns, C. (2019). ‘Fundamental movement skill proficiency and health among a cohort of Irish primary school children.’ Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 90(1), 24-35. DOI:

Breslin, G., Shannon, S., Rafferty, R., Fitzpatrick, B., Belton, S., O’Brien, W., Chambers, F., Haughey, T., Hanna, D., Gormley, R., McCullagh, D., & Brennan, D. (2019). ‘The effects of Sport for LIFE: All Island in children from low socio-economic status: A clustered randomized controlled trial.’ Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 17(1):66. DOI:

Belton, S., Breslin, G., Shannon, S., O’Brien, W., Fitzpatrick, B., Haughey, T., Chambers, F., Powell, D., McCullagh, D., & Brennan, D. (2019). ‘Every minute counts: Patterns of physical activity participation in children of social disadvantage in Ireland.’ Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 16(5), 333-339 DOI:

Duff, C., Issartel, J., O’Brien, W., & Belton, S. (2019). ‘Physical Activity and Fundamental Movement Skills of 3-to-5-year-old Children in Irish Preschool Services.’ Journal of Motor Leaning and Development. 

Duff, C., Issartel, J., O’Brien, W., & Belton, S. (2019). Kids Active: Evaluation of an educator-led active play and fundamental movement skill intervention in the Irish preschool setting.’ Journal of Motor Leaning and Development.