'A Longitudinal Evaluation of Project Futsal' was recently launched by the Centre for Youth Research and Development (CYRD), Department of Applied Social Studies; the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Welsh Football Trust (WFT).
Project FUTSAL was a joint initiative between the Football Association of Ireland and the Welsh Football Trust, funded through the European Regional Development Fund's Inter Reg IVA Ireland Wales programme. The project aimed to provide education and work opportunities for young people in disadvantaged areas and assist in community regeneration through employment and volunteerism in the field of sport.
The CYRD undertook the longitudinal study of the impact of Project Futsal on participants and communities. Based on analysis of an extensive body of qualitative and quantitative data collected during the longitudinal evaluation of Project FUTSAL, it was confidently concluded that the programme has contributed to positive outcomes for participants and communities. The programme contributed to positive outcomes for participants, contributed to community development and regeneration and provides value for money. Stakeholders were postive about the individual and community benefits of the programme.
The research team involved in the evaluation were Maurice Devlin, Nuala Connolly, Morgan O'Brien and Kathryn McGarry.
Devlin, M., Connolly, N. O’Brien, M., McGarry, K. (2014) Longitudinal Evaluation of Project FUTSAL. Dublin: Football Association of Ireland.