Football United - as part of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) - successfully secured a Linkage Grant (2009-2011) through the Australian Research Council (ARC). The ground-breaking longitudinal study is the first of its kind globally to evaluate the impact of football and sport on social cohesion and community participation of refugee populations in urban areas.
The ARC Linkage Grant had five clear aims:
- First, to determine the impact of Football United on participants’ personal development, sense of self, physical, emotional, mental health and resilience.
- Second, to determine the impact of Football United on community capacity and social cohesion.
- Third, to document issues arising from implementation of the program in order to form future program implementation and replication of the intervention in other contexts.
- Fourth, to test innovative research methodologies that yield information about the way refugees negotiate with sport and Australian social expectations.
- Finally, to identify strategies to promote ethical community sporting intervention programs.
Football United: Addressing Equity Gaps Through Football (2012) A Bunde-Birouste, S Nathan, T Shwe, B McCarroll
Kicking Goals for Social Change (2013) A Bunde-Birouste
The impacts of a football program on young people’s peer, prosocial and cross-cultural relationships (2013) S Nathan, L Kemp, A Bunde-Birouste, J MacKenzie, C Evers and T Aung Shwe
Moving Beyond the Lump-Sum: Football United and JP Morgan as a Case Study of Partnership for Positive Social Change (2010) A Bunde-Birouste, N Bull, B McCarroll
Social cohesion through football: a quasi-experimental mixed methods design to evaluate a complex health promotion program (2010) S Nathan, A Bunde-Birouste, C Evers, L Kemp, J MacKenzie and R Henley