The NIHR SPHR Public Health Practice Evaluation (PHPES) programme is funding the evaluation of the London-based “Coping Through Football” project. This evaluation is carried out by Dr Oliver Mason (SPHR project lead), Professor David Osborn, Dr Jessica Deighton and Dr Bettina Friedrich at UCL as well as service user researchers.
Coping Through Football is an innovative project that uses football as “a sustainable recovery model approach to engage with and improve the wellbeing of adults and young people experiencing mental health issues”. The project has been developed in a collaboration between the London Playing Fields Foundation, the Leyton Orient Trust and NHS (NELFT).
The main goal of “Coping Through Football” is to increase the quality of life of people with mental health problems by achieving greater social inclusion and a sense of valued role so as to reactivate life skills and self-esteem.
The researchers will use quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the effectiveness of this service. In addition to physical health indicators, they will look into psychological measures such as perceived quality of life and self-esteem to see whether there are significant changes as result of using the service. Exit routes of the participants will be monitored to follow up whether the service has been effective in fostering social inclusion and the uptake of new (professional) roles. In addition, cost-effectiveness analyses will be carried out to assess the financial benefits of this intervention.
An overarching goal of this evaluation is to add to the empirical literature on the question whether team sports interventions can be used as a legitimate and (cost) effective form of mental health care service for people with mental health problems.
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