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.

Girls Active National Reports

These reports summarise responses to the Girls Active Survey that pupils aged from 7 to 18 completed between March and June 2023.

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25 May 2023

PE & School Sport: The Annual Report 2023

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

24 May 2023

Secondary Teacher Training Programme

A new era for PE, School Sport and Physical Activity?

15 May 2023

Cost of Living Crisis - Factsheet

Key facts about the cost of living crisis

01 May 2023

Breaking Boundaries Evaluation

Physical activity supports community cohesion.

19 Apr 2023

Well Schools Research

The Youth Sport Trust commissioned the University of Manchester to evaluate the Well Schools approach using a mixed-methods, ecological case study approach.

01 Mar 2023

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.

20 Feb 2023

Physical health benefits of sport and physical activity - Factsheet

Key facts about the physical health benefits of sport and physical activity

13 Feb 2023

At What Cost: Primary PE and Sport Premium Research Report

New research among primary schools highlights the potential consequences for young people and school sport if the £320 million ringfenced funding is not confirmed.

13 Feb 2023

At What Cost: School Games Organiser Insight report

This report analyses the impact of the 450-strong network of professionals on young people and school sport alongside the effect of delays in critical funding decisions.

01 Dec 2022

Inclusion 2024 - Year 1

Inclusion 2024 aims to increase and improve opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to engage and participate in physical education and school sport.

29 Nov 2022

Mental health benefits of sport and physical activity - Factsheet

Key facts about the mental health benefits of sport and physical activity

22 Nov 2022

Secondary PE - State of the Nation

In Autumn 2022, the Youth Sport Trust conducted new analysis of the Government data and repeated the secondary school survey to create a picture of the current situation for schools in England.