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Case studies

Football Foundation
Better facilities = better lives

The role of grassroots football facilities in achieving DCMS Sporting Future outcomes.


The Football Foundation and Sport England commissioned MTM’s specialist sport team to evaluate grassroots football facilities – to help understand the impact they have on achieving DCMS Sporting Future outcomes, especially for lower socio-economic groups.


A 9 month longitudinal study involving mixed-mode quantitative surveys, plus qualitative Immersion Days across the country interviewing players, coaches and facility staff.


MTM identified the range of positive effects that football initiatives and facilities have for users, including on physical and mental health, broader personal development and contribution to local communities. We also created an easily applicable framework for future evaluations.