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Seasonal Comparison

Monitoring and Evaluation Results 2015

Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Seasonal Comparison

Introduction

One of the Foundation’s key targets is to ensure a stable and consistent increase in the number of users at Facilities Scheme funded sites. This is measured by comparing ‘like for like’ participation rates at Foundation-funded facility sites between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. ‘Like for like’ describes projects which completed a valid and verified annual Upshot Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) survey in both of these seasons, which leads to a fair representation of the actual increase in participation at each site, given that it compares changes in participation rates at exactly the same sites over a 12-month period.


The sites included in the below graphs are only those that have been open and in use for two full seasons and have filled in the survey correctly and consistently over the past two years. We are interested in understanding what happens at the sites that fulfill these criteria to ascertain whether or not the sites continue to improve year on year and that the plans and targets they set themselves are being followed and achieved.

Report period

The findings and graphs below relate to the 2013/14 season.


Key findings

11%

INCREASE IN FOOTBALL PLAYERS AT SITES WITHIN THEIR FIRST 5 YEARS

18,717

extra players

19,117 

Coaches and volunteers ran activities at the site

25.8%

INCREASE IN non-FOOTBALL PLAYERS AT SITES WITHIN THEIR FIRST 5 YEARS

5.5%

increase in football players

63,258

BME participants

Key graphs

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Comments

  • Between the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, activity at the 222 sites that had been open for 5 years or less increased markedly more than those open for 5+ years.
  • Football players at like-for-like sites within 5 years of opening increased from 89,698 to 99,588, an increase of 9,890.
  • Multi-sport players at like-for-like sites increase by 3,422, an increase of over 25%.
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Comments

  • During the 2013-14 season an extra 18,717 people took part in sporting activity each week, or an extra 29 people at each of the 635 projects.This equates to a 5.5% rise in the number of regular participants.
  • Looking at the 222 sites that have been open for five years or less, the participation increase rises to 12.9%.
  • This is because each funded project has to deliver a Football Development Plan for the first five years, which drives increases in participation in the early years of a project.
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Comments

  • 357,389 participants regularly took part in sporting activity at Facility Scheme sites during the 2013-14 season, in comparison to 338,672 who did so in the previous season at the same sites.
  • 15,411 extra male players and 3,306 extra female players took part in sporting activity in the most recent season.
  • This breaks down as a 5.6% rise in male participation and a 5.3% rise in female participation.
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Comments

  • 15,128 extra people played football at Facilities Scheme sites during the 2013-14 season, an increase of 5.6%
  • The most significant increase was for under 16 female players who increased by 9.1% (2,308 extra players).
  • Under 16 male players also increased by a high proportion, with an increase of 7.9% (11,614 players), so the growth in football players aged under 16 helped to drive the overall increase.
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Comments

  • There was an increase in people taking part in non-football activity at Facilities Scheme sites during the 2013-14 season, which amounts to 3,589 extra players.
  • The highest increase (16.5%) was in male over 16 participation, closely followed by female over 16 participation (14.5%).
  • Female under 16 non-football activity was also popular with an increase of 5.6%.
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Comments

  • Overall there has been a decrease in the workforce of 1,413 people (-6.9%) when compared to the 2012-13 season.
  • The biggest fall was in general volunteers who decreased by 870 (-13%). Volunteer coaches also declined by 581 (-5.6%), and there were 10 fewer hired coaches (-0.7%).
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Comments

  • 63,258 players who used Facilities Scheme sites during the 2013-14 season are of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) origin, which is 17.7% of total participants.
  • This is 3.7% above the BAME breakdown for England and Wales from the 2011 census.

Methodology

Social Audit Nework
  • As part of the Foundation’s commitment to robust M&E, the Social Audit Network was enlisted to undertake an independent audit, checking that the approved process to determine participation had been followed, the corresponding calculations were correct and the headline results – as detailed in this section – were accurate. The statement below outlines their findings:  
  • The Social Audit Network (SAN) has examined the data submitted and audited a 10% sample agreed by SAN as a reasonable and representative sample. The whole data set was provided by Football Foundation and the 10% sample was selected randomly. SAN is satisfied that, given the size of the sample, the accuracy of the data provided by the participating organisations and the limitations of time available, the information is free from material mis-statement and presents a fair and balanced view of the performance of the Football Foundation on the data provided by the participating organisations. The full audit statement can be obtained by contacting Michael Rigby by email on: Michael.Rigby@footballfoundation.org.uk. The audit was carried out by a trained and experienced social accountant and has been approved by an experienced SAN trained social auditor. 
  • 635 projects satisfied the criteria to be included within the sample size, and as such the information contained within this section is based upon activity at these sites from one season to the next.