Our Research

The work of the Youth Sport Trust is insight led. We use compelling research and evidence to provide evidence of need and demonstrate the power of PE, sport and physical activity to transform the health, happiness and wellbeing of young people.

Work with our Research team:

  • Collaborate with us - we work with other organisation to help extend the reach and focus of our work
  • Commission us - we deliver bespoke research services for other organisations who are looking to conduct work which aligns with our mutual goals
  • Latest Opportunities - we regularly invite proposals from researchers via open tender to help us evaluate our programmes.

Scroll down to view our latest research and insight.

PE & School Sport: The Annual Report 2022

This report outlines the issues facing young people and the current state of PE, sport and play in schools.

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01 Jul 2021

Girls Active Secondary National Report 2020-21

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Pre-Intervention Questionnaire that female pupils completed between November 2020 and May 2021.

01 Jul 2021

Girls Active Primary National Report 2020-21

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Pre-Intervention Questionnaire that female pupils completed between December 2020 and May 2021.

01 Mar 2021

Wellbeing Survey

The wellbeing of children at school continues to be a top priority for parents with 2/3 of parents (64%) believe that the wellbeing of pupils is more important than their academic attainment.

25 Feb 2021

Impact Report 2020

The following findings were presented as part of our 2020 Impact Report - published in February 2021. A full version of the report is available for download on this page.

01 Dec 2020

Breaking Boundaries

Research highlights the role of physical activity in supporting community participation and social connectedness

01 Oct 2020

Cornwall Healthy Movers

Healthy Movers aims to increase children’s self-esteem and wellbeing, and develop their physical literacy skills, which all help children gain a better start to their life.

01 Sep 2020

Returning to School after COVID-19

In March 2020, schools closed their doors to the majority of their pupils and further restrictions were introduced in response to Covid-19. The aim of this report was to understand the current provision of both timetabled and extracurricular PE and any barriers to delivery, particularly in the light of ongoing Government guidelines and restrictions (e.g. maintaining class bubbles, cleaning and changing rules etc.), so that we can continue to support teachers and children during these challenging times.

01 Aug 2020

Youth Leadership Opportunities

This original piece of YST research seeks to understand what young people themselves want from their journey as a school and community sports leader.

20 Jul 2020

Leadership Interventions in Wales

A number of research activities were conducted throughout the year to gain a comprehensive understanding of the leadership interventions running in Wales. This report summarises the findings from these research activities.

01 Jul 2020

Girls Active Northern Ireland

Girls Active Northern Ireland is an award-winning, school-based intervention, designed to provide a support framework for schools to review and increase participation in physical education (PE), sport and physical activity by adolescent girls. The following report evaluated the impact of Girls Active Northern Ireland from its inception in 2016 to 2020.

01 Jul 2020

The Impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children and young people

This paper is a rapid review of information, condensing the latest quantitative evidence from a range of external sources. It covers information published up to 6 July 2020 and is an update to an earlier paper with the same title (amended as new evidence is published).

01 Apr 2020

Girls Active - Secondary

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Pre-Intervention Questionnaire that female pupils completed between October 2019 and March 2020.