Over the past 10 years, the Irish sports economy has grown faster than the economy as a whole according to a new study by Sport Ireland and Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre.

The study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the value of sport in Ireland and the returns that Government investment in sport provides across relevant policy areas such as physical and mental health, economic activity, tourism, sport club membership and volunteering.

Among the study’s key findings are:

97,000 cases of disease were prevented in Ireland due to physical activity participation in 2019 for a total cost saving over €405m. Diseases prevented include stroke, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes

In 2018 the sports sector employed more than 64,000 people in Ireland
Consumer expenditure on sport-related goods and services in Ireland in 2018 was €3,341.6m, or 3.1% of total consumers’ expenditure and is largely driven by the participation elements of sport such as subscription to sports clubs (€622.9m), clothing and footwear (€568.8m) and subscriptions to fitness and dance (€490.9m).

We spoke this morning with the report’s author Simon Shibli from Sheffield Hallam University.


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