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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11 Oct 2022

Girls' Active - National Report for Girls' Data

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Pre-Intervention Questionnaire that female pupils completed in June 2022.

03 Oct 2022

BE Football

Enhancing life skills through football for girls.

01 Sep 2022

Healthy Movers Cornwall

Physical play and activities support children’s early years development.

01 Sep 2022

Healthy Movers Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Enhancing children’s confidence and ability to be physically active in early years.

01 Sep 2022

Supporting Girls with Autism

The Supporting Girls with Autism project worked with 11 Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion Schools during the academic year 2021/22. Each Lead Inclusion School was able to work with multiple schools on this project where appropriate. The following report includes feedback on the Supporting Girls with Autism toolkit as well as two case study examples of how schools have used the resources.

18 Jul 2022

Challenges young people face - Factsheet

Key facts about challenges young people face

11 Jul 2022

PE & School Sport – Parent survey

To coincide with the launch of our PE and School Sport Annual report, we commissioned YouGov Plc to conduct research into the current attitudes and views of GB parents on the importance of sport and play. This report shares some of the key findings from this research.

26 May 2022

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.

24 Feb 2022

Impact Report 2021

The following findings were presented as part of our 2021 Impact Report - published in February 2022. A full version of the report is available for download on this page.

31 Jan 2022

The Link Between Physical Activity and Attainment in Children and Young People

Young people are not taking part in enough physical activity and alongside this, schools in England have seen significant cuts to the amount of PE on the school timetable. Young people are also affected by the attainment gap , and the current slow progress in narrowing the gap means it will persist for decades.

26 Oct 2021

PE, Sport and Physical Activity Survey

In the summer term of the 2020/21 academic year, the Youth Sport Trust (YST) in partnership with Limitless, delivered a research project to explore young people’s attitudes to PE, school sport and physical activity in the independent school sector.

06 Oct 2021

Active Recovery Curriculum

Research shows how physical activity can achieve positive outcomes for children after Covid-19.