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Christina Duff, Johann Issartel, Wesley O’ Brien and Sarahjane Belton

range of physical health outcomes ( Ghazi et al., 2016 ; Timmons et al., 2012 ; Vale, Trost, Rego, Abreu, & Mota, 2015 ). In Ireland, the PA recommendation for children under 6 years old is encompassed by the guidelines for children and young people, which recommends that those aged 2 to 18 years

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Mark Ward, Sarah Gibney, David O’Callaghan and Sinead Shannon

strength, and balance on 2–3 days per week to reduce their risk of falls ( WHO, 2015 ). These guidelines were adopted by the National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland ( Department of Health & Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, 2013 ), and now, there are a growing number of national programs that

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Niall O’Regan and Seamus Kelly

Building on previous research that explored coaching and coach education in Ireland ( Chambers & Gregg, 2016 ), this article provides a history of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and coach education in Ireland. An overview of coach education in Ireland precedes how UEFA policy documents

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Wesley O’Brien, Michael J. Duncan, Orlagh Farmer and Diarmuid Lester

gather cross-sectional baseline data on Irish adolescent youth, differentiated by gender, specifically in order to inform the development of a targeted movement-based intervention. Methods Overview of the Study Cross-sectional baseline data to inform the design of a larger multi-component, movement based

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Lisa E. Bolger, Linda A. Bolger, Cian O’ Neill, Edward Coughlan, Wesley O’Brien, Seán Lacey and Con Burns

exists that has examined FMS levels among Irish primary school children. While a study including the assessment of FMS in Northern Ireland was conducted by Breslin, Murphy, McKee, Delaney, and Dempster ( 2012 ), the scoring protocol of the adapted tool developed was not described nor were the current

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Fiona Chambers and Robin Gregg

This paper highlights the status of coaching and coach education policy and practice on the island of Ireland. The island of Ireland represents a unique setting as it comprises a hybrid jurisdiction of (a) the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland. A historical and sociopolitical backdrop provides insight into how key agencies develop coaching and coach education policy and practice in a highly complex dual environment. A five-step meta-synthesis process of data collection and analysis revealed key policy and practice issues on the island relating to (a) the coaching workforce and (b) coach education system.

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Deirdre M. Harrington, Sarahjane Belton, Tara Coppinger, Muireann Cullen, Alan Donnelly, Kieran Dowd, Teresa Keating, Richard Layte, Marie Murphy, Niamh Murphy, Elaine Murtagh and Catherine Woods


Physical activity (PA) levels are a key performance indicator for policy documents in Ireland. The first Ireland Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth aims to set a robust baseline for future surveillance of indicators related to PA in children and youth.


Data collected between 2003−2010 on more than 35,000 7- to 18-year-old children and youth were used and graded using a standardized grading system for 10 indicators.


Grades assigned for the indicators were as follows: overall physical activity levels, D-; sedentary behavior (TV viewing), C-; organized sport participation, C-: physical education, D-; active play, inconclusive (INC); active transportation, D; school, C-, community and the built environment, B; family, INC; and government, INC.


PA recommendations exist in Ireland but this Report Card has shown that participation is still low. A number of promising policies, programs and services are in place but these require thorough evaluation and adequate resourcing. Agreement and implementation of a common framework for the systematic surveillance of indictors related to PA of children and youth is necessary to monitor change over time and ensure the impact of promising work is captured.

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Sarahjane Belton, Gavin Breslin, Stephen Shannon, Wesley O’Brien, Ben Fitzpatrick, Tandy Haughey, Fiona Chambers, Danielle Powell, Darryl McCullagh and Deirdre Brennan

physical activity (PA), and sedentary behavior. 3 The authors of the Growing Up in Ireland study 4 highlighted gender and socioeconomic inequalities in health in Irish children and the potential link to higher levels of obesity. The Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children 5 study also demonstrates that

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Lisa E. Bolger, Linda A. Bolger, Cian O’Neill, Edward Coughlan, Wesley O’Brien, Seán Lacey and Con Burns

provision during learning that these skills are developed and mastered ( Gallahue et al., 2012 ; Payne & Isaacs, 2002 ). Therefore, the early years (3–7 years old) are a critical period in the development of FMS ( Gallahue et al., 2012 ). During this developmental period in Ireland, children (4–13 years

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Christina Duff, Johann Issartel, Wesley O’ Brien and Sarahjane Belton

provides an ideal opportunity to develop solid foundations for improving children’s PA and FMS ( Adamo et al., 2014 ). The Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth ( Harrington et al., 2016 ) highlights that there is a gap in PA data for the early childhood population