Children & Young People
Physical activity for early years (birth – 5 years)
Physical activity for children and young people (5 – 18 Years)
Children's Active Lives Reports
This report presents data from the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey for the academic year 2017/18. Data is presented for children and young people in school Years 1-11 (ages 5-16) in England. Published March 2019 (Academic year 2017/18).
Sport England's Active Lives Surveys measure physical activity levels of people across England. The survey outlines activity levels of children and young people in school. The report was published December 2018.
This resource is a guide to help our partners really understand the attitudes, behaviours and preferences of young people and to gain an understanding of the differences between young people – their mindsets, lifestyles, their quirks and concerns.
Youth Insight (2014) (PDF, 6.9 Mb)
Young people have complex relationships with sport and physical activity based on their unique personalities and experiences, this Z-Card shows the several personalities to give more understanding into a young persons mind.
Youth Personalities Z Card (2015) (PDF, 974 Kb)
Youth Personalities Z Card
This resource encourages you to be creative and provides thought on how to make your session unmissable. Drawing on recent research it contains fun ideas and tips for coaches.
What Makes Your Session Unmissable (2016) (PDF, 85 Kb)
What Makes Your Session Unmissable
This resource gives advice on how you can help young people deal with change and uncertainty.
How Do You Coach Young People When Life Changes (2016) (PDF, 123 Kb)
How Do You Coach Young People When Life Changes
Guide for coaches showing how everyone has a different motivation for taking part in sport, with session plan ideas for you to try.
What Motivates Young People To Be Active (2016) (PDF, 734 Kb)
What Motivates Young People To Be Active
Insight & Stratergy
The Youth Sport Trust has published a new research report 'What About the Boys' which sets out the potential for sport to play a greater role in improving boys' mental health.
Energise me, We commissioned The Behavioural Architects to delve into the lives of inactive teenagers living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Behavioural Architects' mission was to develop quality local insight that would help us understand young people's habits, motivations and barriers to being active.
The guide, Understanding Vulnerable 14-19 Year Olds, summarises their findings and can be used to help shape activities for this audience.
Understanding Vulnerable 14 To 19 Year Olds
The Youth Sport Trust is an independent UK charity devoted to changing young people's
lives through sport.
Youth Sport Trust Sport Changes Lives (January 2016) (PDF, 3.3 Mb)
Youth Sport Trust Sport Changes Lives
For the last 15 years, the Youth Sport Trust has been driving change in the area of gender inequalities with a much-needed focus on girls. Providing girls with equal access and opportunities to the life-changing benefits of PE and sport is crucial. However, have we left the issues of boys' disaffection, wellbeing and achievement behind? That is the key question that Youth Sport Trust Lead Health & Wellbeing Schools and Head Teacher Ambassadors have been asking us.
Boys Mental Health Report Final 2020 (PDF, 7.6 Mb)
Mental wellbeing in children and young people:
“What about the boys?” June 2020
A thematic review into what actions schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity
Obesity Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Primary Schools