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  


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PE & School Sport: The Annual Report 2024

Our latest PE and School Sport Report highlights the issues facing children and young people today and the need to take urgent action. The world is rapidly changing - innovative thinking and creative solutions are required if we are to fully harness the power of physical activity to build brighter futures for children and young people.

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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.

03 Nov 2022

Birmingham Connect

Using sport to promote social integration.

03 Nov 2022

The Role and Value of Physical Education and Sport in Alternative Provision Schools

New research exploring the role of physical education (PE) in Alternative Provision settings.

14 Oct 2022

School-related benefits of sport and physical activity - Factsheet

Key facts about school-related benefits of sport and physical activity

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