Survey indicates 90% of spectators believe the Homeless World Cup makes a difference to homeless people and the public perception of homelessness.

10 January 2012

Survey indicates 90% of spectators believe the Homeless World Cup makes a difference to homeless people and the public perception of homelessness.

Queen Margaret University Researcher Fiona O’May has presented a ‘Research and Evaluation Report’ for the Paris 2011 Homeless World Cup. The findings are taken from a cross section of 129 spectators who attended the event held from the 21st to 28th of August 2011 at the Champ de Mars, Paris, France.

Developed by Dr. Emma Sherry (La Trobe University of Melbourne, Australia) the survey has been utilised since the Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup to analyse the impact of the annual tournament on the perceptions and attitudes of spectators with regard to homelessness, event sponsors and their motivation for attending.

Key Findings:

  • Nearly half of the spectators (49%) reported awareness of the Homeless World Cup prior the tournament and nearly two thirds (62%) of spectators intentionally attended the event.
  • Sixty five percent of spectators surveyed are interested in football, 62% are interested in the concept of the Homeless World Cup, and 80% are interested in sport as a means of social inclusion.
  • 97% of spectators agreed that Homeless World Cup promotes good values.
  • 92% of spectators agreed that the Homeless World Cup demonstrates how sport can help to make a difference.
  • 90% of spectators agreed that the Homeless World Cup breaks down stereotypes about the homeless community.
  • 97% of spectators agreed that the Homeless World Cup is a fun and entertaining event.

Follow this link to read the full report in PDF form.