Learn through sport

We learn best when we learn about things that we are interested in!

Reading, writing and maths are everywhere in life, including the world of sport.

With the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), you can brush up on your reading, writing, maths and digital literacy skills through the fascinating stories of Ireland’s greatest sports legends.

How do I get started?

Contact us to find out more:

We can set you up with one of our friendly tutors to work with you over the phone, at a time that suits you.

And we have lots of free learning resources that you can use to brush up.

Learn through sport

Thank you to Philly McMahon, Cora Staunton, Bonnar Ó Loingsigh, Rosemary Smith, Valerie Mulcahy and Keith Earls for supporting this video.

Campaign supported by SOLAS and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Footage courtesy of: Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU),, AIG Ireland, LGFA – Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Inpho Sports Photography Ireland and Sportsfile.

NALA’s sports resources



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.

Call us on Freephone 1 800 20 20 65 to order a copy.


Legends Matter

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.

Call us on Freephone 1 800 20 20 65 to order a copy.


Legends Extra

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 videos playlist

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, the authors, publishers and our funders SOLAS for supporting these videos.


Watch the videos
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