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. Please see below for an opportunity to evaluate one of our programmes.

    Understanding Beacon Locations

    • Deadline to submit expression of interest: Midday on Tuesday 4th April 2023
    • Deadline to submit full proposal: 10am on Tuesday 11th April 2023
    • Click here to see the research brief.
    • Budget: Up to £80,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses, if applicable)

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Impact Report 2022

The following findings were presented as part of our 2022 Impact Report - published in March 2023. A full version of the report is available for download on this page.

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01 Nov 2018

Girls Active 2018

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Stepping Up for Change survey that girls and boys aged 7 to 11-years-old completed in the 2017-18 academic year. Overall, 5,454 responses were received across 122 schools (4,430 girls and 1,024 boys). This action research follows the Girls Active secondary school research released in 2017.

15 Oct 2018

Mentally Healthy Schools

The Mentally Healthy Schools pilot was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to explore new ways of preventing mental health issues in young people through school-based interventions

01 Nov 2017

Girls Active 2017

This document provides headline statistics on quantitative study into girls’ and boys’ experience of physical activity and PE in secondary schools.

01 Jan 2017

Engaging Girls

Public Health England commissioned the Youth Sport Trust and Loughborough University to conduct action research, informed by the findings of a literature review, which considered what works to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour in girls aged 8-10 years.