New research into Coping Through Football

Anonymous 03 October 2016

For the last nine years LPFF has been delivering its mental health project Coping Through Football in partnership with NELFT and Leyton Orient Trust. It is an innovative project that engages people experiencing significant mental health problems in group football activities. The project’s outcomes are to improve the physical health and well-being of the target group through enhancing self-esteem and confidence and improving social skills. The Project Coordinator works with service users on reducing their reliance on alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs and assists them in finding a route back to employment, volunteering, education and training. As a whole the project aims to add sustained value to existing community recovery services.

Coping Through Football is currently being evaluated by an independent research team from UCL. This study is funded by a grant from the NIHR School of Public Health Research (Principal Investigator: Dr. Oliver Mason) as part of the Public Health Practice Evaluation Scheme (PHPES). Both NELFT and London Playing Fields Foundation provide invaluable assistance with data collection for this study. 

The evaluation aims at answering a range of questions including:

• Is implementation of the CTF initiative associated with improvements in mental health and physical health outcomes?

• What are the social benefits of CTF for participants of the initiative?

• What are the costs and benefits associated with the delivery of the CTF initiative?

The evaluation will be led by Dr Oliver Mason who has overseen the project's evaluation since its inception in 2007. He will be assisted by Research Associate Dr Bettina Friedrich.