1st Edition

Elite Sport Development Policy Learning and Political Priorities

By Mick Green, Barrie Houlihan Copyright 2005
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Elite Sport Development addresses important sport policy questions and explores the emergence, development and current status of elite sport development policy with detailed examination of Australia, Canada and the UK. The sports compared are swimming, track and field athletics, and sailing.

    The book looks at the problems faced in establishing an elite sport development infrastructure covering facilities, coaching, sports science and competition. Likewise, full-time athletes are considered and the tensions that a pre-occupation with elite achievement generates within the sports is also examined. Includes:

    * why governments invest heavily in elite sport
    * the relationship between Government and NGB's
    * the impact of elite investment on 'sport for all' 
    * the selection of individual sports for priority funding.

    This detailed text will be of interest to students, researchers and professionals working in sports development and policy.

    1. Investigating Elite Sport Policy Processes and Policy Change 2. Theorising Sport Policy 3. Development of Sport Policy in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom 4. Australia 5. Canada 6. United Kingdom 7. Conclusions: Facility Development; The Emergence of 'Full-time' Competitors; Coaching and Sports Science and Medicine; Competition Opportunities; Common Themes in Elite Sport Development; Advocacy Coalitions and Elite Sport Policy Change


    Mick Green, Barrie Houlihan