Let's Talk Series

PEPAYS Ireland Let’s Talk Series:

Promoting physical activity and health through physical education: 25 years of lessons learned

PEPAYS Ireland is pleased to announce another session in the series of “Let’s Talk” discussion forums. Sponsored by the Facilitating Learning through Teaching and Coaching Cluster, the focus of this forum is physical education’s role in public health.

WHERE: P1-007 or participants are welcome to join the discussion through Skype

WHEN: Monday, 19 October from 6:00PM-7:00PM

The purpose of the discussion series is to engender conversation and discussion around selected topics across all of Ireland. To facilitate the discussion, each forum will use an article or report as the starting point for conversation. It is hoped that on the selected day at the designated time local groups will gather to discuss the article raising issues and implications related to it.  Hence groups will be discussing the same article at the same time in different places across the island.  Then at a designated time all groups will electronically connect to a central location to share thoughts. Alternatively, if you are an individual wishing to join the discussion you might link with the central location at the outset and join the conversation there.

Two articles (attached) selected for this forum are:

Sallis, J.F. & McKenzie, T.L. (1991). Physical education’s role in public health. Research Quaterly for Exercise and Sport, 62(2), 124-137.

Sallis, J.F., McKenzie, T.L., Beets, M.W., Beighle, A., Erwin, H., & Lee, S. (2012). Physical education’s role in public health: Steps forward and backward over 20 years and HOPE for the future. Research Quaterly for Exercise and Sport, 83(2), 125-135.

The facilitator for the session will be Stuart Fairclough.  Dr. Fairclough is a Professor in the  Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University in the UK and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick with the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences. The two papers selected include an original look at physical education’s role in public health that was a really big influence on the development of Dr. Fairclough’s work and the second paper is a timely update and reflection that was published a few years ago.

Stuart is primarily interested in children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health, and in particular interventions to modify behaviours. Within this area his work focuses on physical activity measurement and the role of multidimensional correlates in the promotion of physically active lifestyles among young people. A core setting to this work is the school environment. To date he has published over 70 peer reviewed papers and supervised a number of PhD candidates on these research topics. Away from work Stuart enjoys all kinds of exercise and physical activity and regularly runs and cycles, and occasionally plays touch rugby league. He also coaches junior rugby league and is an avid Wigan Warriors supporter.

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Healthy Ireland survey

Healthy Ireland was launched in 2013 with the aim of providing a framework for action to improve the health and well-being of the people of Ireland. Yesterday the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (2nd from right below), announced the findings of the first state-backed survey on the nations' health since 2007. There are some interesting results including a drop in obesity rates and 32% of the population achieve the required level of physical activity to gain sufficient health benefits.

More information on the Healthy Ireland findings which were released yesterday can be found by following the links below:



Launch of UL BEO

Invitation to the launch of the UL Beo Initiative and the Pat Duffy Lecture

You are cordially invited to the launch of UL Beo, a new initiative by the University of Limerick to create a world leading environment for the practice and research of sport and physical activity. The UL Beo initiative will support community, high performance and research projects in the areas of physical activity, health, lifestyle and sport.

The initiative will be launched with the inaugural Pat Duffy Lecture in Coaching and Leadership. This annual lecture has been initiated to acknowledge and celebrate the life’s work of Professor Pat Duffy, a UL graduate and former head of the National Coaching and Training Centre.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by;

Baroness Sue Campbell CBE- Chair of Youth Sport Trust UK and former Chair of UK Sport up to and through the 2012 Olympics


Dr. Keith Wood- Former Ireland and Lions Rugby Captain and Chair of the Healthy Ireland Council

The launch and lecture will be held on 5th of October 2015 in room CSG01 (CSIS Building), University of Limerick from 6.30-8pm

Finger food, tea and coffee from 5.30pm 

To find out more about UL Beo or the Pat Duffy Lecture visit https://www.facebook.com/ulbeo

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Self-study Research with Dr Tim Fletcher

We had a thoroughly engaging talk yesterday from Dr Tim Fletcher (Brock University, On, Canada) as part of the PEPAYS Ireland guest lecture series on 

Self-Study Research in Physical Education:  What is it? What Can it Tell Us? How do I Get it Published?.  The well-attended talk was facilitated by Dr Melissa Parker from the Facilitating Learning Through Teaching and Coaching Cluster of PEPAYS Ireland.

Some photos are below and a video link to the presentation is at the bottom of the page!


Getting ready to go                                                                        Episteme v phronesis or the BIG T v the little T


First steps in a self-study                                                             Dr Missy Parker presents Dr Tim Fletcher with a momento of his visit


Video link:




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To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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