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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01 Sep 2020

Returning to School after COVID-19

In March 2020, schools closed their doors to the majority of their pupils and further restrictions were introduced in response to Covid-19. The aim of this report was to understand the current provision of both timetabled and extracurricular PE and any barriers to delivery, particularly in the light of ongoing Government guidelines and restrictions (e.g. maintaining class bubbles, cleaning and changing rules etc.), so that we can continue to support teachers and children during these challenging times.

01 Aug 2020

Youth Leadership Opportunities

This original piece of YST research seeks to understand what young people themselves want from their journey as a school and community sports leader.

20 Jul 2020

Leadership Interventions in Wales

A number of research activities were conducted throughout the year to gain a comprehensive understanding of the leadership interventions running in Wales. This report summarises the findings from these research activities.

01 Jul 2020

Girls Active Northern Ireland

Girls Active Northern Ireland is an award-winning, school-based intervention, designed to provide a support framework for schools to review and increase participation in physical education (PE), sport and physical activity by adolescent girls. The following report evaluated the impact of Girls Active Northern Ireland from its inception in 2016 to 2020.

01 Jul 2020

The Impact of Covid-19 restrictions on children and young people

This paper is a rapid review of information, condensing the latest quantitative evidence from a range of external sources. It covers information published up to 6 July 2020 and is an update to an earlier paper with the same title (amended as new evidence is published).

01 Apr 2020

Girls Active - Secondary

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Pre-Intervention Questionnaire that female pupils completed between October 2019 and March 2020.

01 Apr 2020

West Somerset Healthy Movers

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.

01 Apr 2020

Inclusion 2020

Inclusion 2020 aimed to increase and improve opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to engage and participate in physical education, physical activity and school sport. The project was funded by the Department of Education and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust (YST) between 1 January 2019 and 31 March 2020.

01 Mar 2020

Girls Active - Primary

This report summarises responses to the Girls Active Stepping Up for Change Quiz that girls completed in March 2020.

01 Jan 2020

Boys Mental Health

A report that outlines how sport and physical activity can be used to address key issues affecting boys who are at risk of ‘falling out of the system’.

02 Sep 2019

Active Across Ages

Active Across Ages aimed to deliver an action-based research project focussed on intergenerational activity inspired and facilitated through the power of play and sport.

01 Aug 2019

West Somerset Physical Literacy Evaluation

The Youth Sport Trust research team were commissioned to deliver an 'Early Years physical literacy and social mobility project' which will ensure every child in the area of West Somerset gets the opportunity to achieve a good level of physical development linked to their language and literacy skills.