This year the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and Patricia Scanlan worked with New Island publishers to develop a new Open Door book called ‘LEGENDS’ with a workbook Legends Matter.

If you are a tutor or an organisation working with learners you can order copies for free and we will post these out to you.

Order ‘LEGENDS’ and Legends Matter for learners in your centre

If you want to brush up on your reading, writing, maths or technology skills using the ‘LEGENDS’ resources, call us on Freephone 1 800 20 20 65 or find out more how you can Learn through sport


LEGENDS is a non-fiction book with stories from some of Ireland’s greatest sports stars. The stories are written in plain English for new and emerging adult readers.

The inspiring stories are drawn from bestselling autobiographies and other first-hand accounts from well-known sporting legends across a range of sports. These include Ireland’s first female rally car driver to Olympic winners to GAA, rugby, horseracing and athletics stars across the country. It was jointly funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the Department for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Order ‘LEGENDS’ for your centre here


Legends Matter

LEGENDS is accompanied by a free workbook – Legends Matter. The workbook will have reading and writing exercises, puzzles, quizzes and other learning activities around the sporting stories. NALA is using QR codes throughout the workbook to direct people to additional content, information and resources online.

Order the Legends Matter workbook for your centre here

View Legends Matter
Legends Matter

Legends Extra

Legends Extra is a collection of online worksheets. These have exercises and activities that you can do in each of the sport areas. Pick a sport you are interested in and start learning today!

Download the worksheets
Legends Extra

LEGENDS video resources

We are delighted to share some new LEGENDS video resources to accompany our book of sporting stories. We have recorded chapters from LEGENDS, kindly read by actors Gene Rooney, Nigel Mercier and Wesley O’Duinn, with the text appearing on screen for learners to practise their reading skills. Thank you to the actors, authors, publishers and our funders SOLAS for supporting these videos.

Watch the videos
Legends videos playlist

Legends Matter Workbook – QR code links

If you are using the Legends Matter workbook you will see QR codes on certain pages that will bring you to the NALA
website page on a particular sport.

On that website page we have links to videos, podcasts, articles and other resources that you can watch and enjoy. You can also access these pages below.

Page 11 – Rugby

Page 15 – Boxing

Page 19 – Running

Page 23 – Soccer

Page 27 – GAA Football

Page 31 – Running

Page 35 – Horseracing

Page 39 – GAA Football

Page 43 – Boxing

Page 47 – GAA Football

Page 51 – Soccer

Page 55 – GAA Hurling

Page 59 – Rally Car Driving

Page 63 – GAA Hurling

Page 67 – Rugby


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