Student Sport Ireland Research Project-Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland

October 1, 2014  |  Research  |  Share


This project has been underway since January 2014 and very significant progress has been made to date. It is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by SSI and has received significant financial and personnel support from the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland. The aim of this research is to investigate and assess the participation of 3rd level students in sport and physical activity in Ireland (North and South) and the factors and issues associated with their participation or non-participation.

The research will provide reliable data, highlighting attitudes of students to sport and physical activity and detailing how the experience of sport and physical activity in 3rd level education impacts on participation.  Most importantly, it is intended to provide recommendations to colleges and SSI for the future development of their sport and physical activity provision and programmes. It is one of the most ambitious research projects undertaken to date by a Sport Governing Body.

SSI has contracted a group of researchers from SSI member institutions UU, WIT, DCU and UL to carry out the research. The project is being led by Prof. Marie Murphy from the University of Ulster.

The project consists of three phases:

Self-Assessment Review

This will gather information on sport and physical activity opportunities and structures in each institution. The data collection element of this phase is now complete. We are very pleased to report that there has been a huge response to this part of the research. Over 80 percent of colleges have responded to the review and these include all categories of colleges. The analysis of this data is now underway

Student Attitudinal and Behavioural Survey (SASSI Survey)

This survey is imminent! The questionnaire will be online, administrated face-to-face as part of regular class activity. The classes to be included have been identified by the research team and the questionnaire will be administrated by ‘champions’ in each institution during the period October 20th to November 14th  2014. The ambitious target is to survey approximately 10,000 students in over 40 institutions during the four-week period.

 Physical Activity and Health Assessment

This element will consist of the objective measurement of physical fitness and health indices in a sub-sample of survey respondents. This sub-sample will be will drawn from students in UU, UL, WIT, and DCU only. This part of the research will be undertaken in early 2015.

It is planned to publish the final report on the research in mid-2015.

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