If you want to make the right decisions for participants and coaches in your sport, having the information to back them up is crucial. Research provides the underpinning evidence for decision-making, policy and practice for coaching, coach development and education. Our research team provide more than just reports and insight though. Below you will also find the latest information:


Applied Coaching Research Journal

We've launched the first volume of our journal - it has been created to identify key topics of interest and bring them to the forefront of the coaching community. Read the first issue.

Coaching in the UK 2017

We have published the first set of reports from our national survey of coaches and coaching. Click here to read three reports on the coaching workforce, adult participants in receipt of coaching and public perceptions of coaching. 

Applied Coaching Research Conference 2018 - Shaping the Future of Coaching

Our Applied Coaching Research Conference took place at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester in February. Read the live blog from the event to see what was covered. 

Autumn Research Round Up

To read the latest quarterly newsletter from the Research Team click HERE. This includes news and quick links to all out latest publications.  

Social Return on Investment research results

UK Coaching, in collaboration with StreetGames, has published a unique piece of research, which found that for every £1 invested in a group of coaches in Tyneside there was a £3 return for society. This means that the positive impact the coaching had, was three times greater than the amount it cost to train the individuals to coach.

Watch our animation summary of the report:


>>Read the SROI evaluation summary report>>Read the SROI evaluation full report


Find out more about the launch via the latest news feed.

Current work

UK Coaching is undertaking a number of research projects:

  • Evaluation of the Aspire Programme
    The Aspire programme was created to develop a coach’s expertise in the talent/performance foundation domain. The programme aims to accelerate the development of the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours of coaches working with identified individuals within national age-group squads who have the potential to progress into world-class programmes (or to senior elite level non-Olympic). The evaluation will cover the four programmes that ran from 2012 to 2017. Read a summary here.
  • Competencies for coaches getting the inactive active
    We have conducted focus groups with people who are new to sport and physical activity or getting back into exercise. The project is focussing on what technical and people skills coaches need to ensure participants are satisfied with their experience. To read the report click here.
  • National Population survey
    We are currently conducting fieldwork for a national survey to establish robust nationally representative data on the number of coaches in the UK and their characteristics. The survey will also examine experiences of being coached and public attitudes to coaching. Read summary reports here.
  • Three year study to evaluate the impact of coaching
    In August 2017 we started a three year study  to understand the impact of coaching on participants. He study will look at changes over time as well as different impact at different ages and stages of development. The project covers young children, older children within the talent pathway, and adult recreational participants. More information will be provided as the project evolves.

Research reports

For our latest research reports and summaries use the following links:


Research reports Research Summaries


Invitations to Tender

There are no Invitations to tender at present.

Participation in research studies

UK Coaching is conducting a survey to understand the learning needs and preferences of coaches working across all sports and at all levels of coaching. The information you provide will help us to design new learning opportunities that meet the needs of coaches working across the sector.You may also use this survey as an opportunity to take time and reflect on your own learning needs. To take please click HERE.

View all items in the Research Resource Bank


SROI Evaluation Final Report.pdf3.28 MB
SROI Evaluation Summary Report.pdf180.36 KB
Participant Development in Sport_Tender.pdf257.74 KB
Impact Study ITT final Jul17.pdf879.59 KB
Research Newsletter (summer 2017).pdf84.64 KB

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