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:


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.
  • 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 tendering 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.
  • Social Return on Investment Evaluation of Doorstep Coaching
    In collaboration with Street Games, we have recently completed a social return on investment evaluation of a Level 2 doorstep coaching programme. The purpose of the evaluation was to understand the impact of the programme on participants, coaches and the community, using a social return on investment approach. See our video at the top of the page for more information.

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 live at present.

Participation in research studies

There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this figure is set to rise to 4million by 2030. Being physically active can have many benefits for people living with cancer. Macmillan Cancer Support are inviting you, as a sports coach or physical activity leader, to complete this survey to better understand your views on supporting people with cancer to ‘move more’. This should only take 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here. From the team at Macmillan, thank you for your support.

View all items in the Research Resource Bank


SROI Evaluation Final Report.pdf3.28 MB
SROI Evaluation Summary Report.pdf180.36 KB
ITT Women into Leadership.pdf340.67 KB
Participant Development in Sport_Tender.pdf257.74 KB

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