The Federation of Irish Sport is pleased to announce that it is conducting it’s bi-annual member survey in partnership with Sport and Recreation Alliance UK Research Team. This important membership consultation will provide us with the most current feedback on topics such as membership, staffing, governance, funding, impact of Covid-19 and evaluation of services provided by the Federation. This research will enable us an organisation to understand what are the most relevant issues and challenges facing National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships. The insights gained will also assist the Federation in making the best representation to Government on behalf of our members. It is also an opportunity for members to give their feedback on the services provided and value offered by the Federation and where improvements can be made. The member survey will be circulated to member national governing bodies and local sports partnerships the week commencing the 27th June.

Pictured at Irish Sport HQ: Dion Barnaby, Richard Boardman, Sport and Recreation Alliance UK and Mary O’Connor CEO Federation of Irish Sport, Graham Russell, Head of Sport Louth Co. Council and Board Member of Federation of Irish Sport. 

Richard Boardman, Research and Development Manager at the Sport and Recreation Alliance said: “This project represents a great opportunity to share ideas and expertise with equivalent organisations overseas. It enables us to apply the knowledge gained from our own member survey, and industry best practice to ensure the Federation of Irish Sport has the best possible insight and intelligence with which to shape its offer to members.

Our initial consultation sessions have been very constructive and we look forward to delivering a high quality piece of research”

The Sport and Recreation Alliance believes that the power of sport and recreation can change lives and bring communities together. Together with over 300 members and in partnership with the wider sector, they make the most of opportunities and tackle the areas that provide a challenge. The Sport and Recreation Alliance R&D team was established 2 years ago. In that time the team has delivered major pieces of research on behalf of the Alliance, including; the impact of Covid 19 on community clubs, the social value contribution of movement and dance to sport and physical activity and a ‘current position summary’ of research on trans, non-binary and inter-sex athletes in sport. As the voice of the sector in the UK, they work with Government, policy makers and the media to make sure grassroots sport and recreation grows and thrives.

The CEO of member organisations of the Federation of Irish Sport will receive the survey directly later this month. We would ask that members support this important piece of research as a greater response rate will lead to greater insights, which will in turn benefit the sector as a whole.