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 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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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.

21 Sep 2021

Asian Girls Insight Research

This research formed part of the work funded by The Football Association to provide a better understanding of the specific demographic of Asian girls.

17 Sep 2021

Sustaining and Embedding Healthy Movers in West Somerset Early Years settings

The Youth Sport Trust (YST) has been working in partnership with Somerset County Council to roll out Healthy Movers, a physical literacy intervention, to pre-schools and nurseries in West Somerset.

15 Sep 2021

The Class of 2035

How sport can empower a generation to build a brighter tomorrow.

25 Aug 2021

West Somerset Healthy Movers Case Studies

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.

02 Aug 2021

Healthy Lifestyle Champions

This report summarises the independent external evaluation of the Healthy Lifestyle Champions programme conducted by spear.

02 Aug 2021

Girls Active Insight and Impact Report 2020-21

This report evaluates the Youth Sport Trust's Girls Active programme for 2020-21.