1st Edition

Elite Sport and Sport-for-All Bridging the Two Cultures?

Edited By Richard Bailey, Margaret Talbot Copyright 2015
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sport is often perceived as being divided into two separate domains: mass participation and elite . In many countries, policy and funding in these two fields are managed by separate agencies, and investment is often seen as a choice between the two. Elite Sport and Sport-for-All explores the points of connection and sources of tension between elite and mass participation sport. The book’s multi-disciplinary and international line-up of contributors seeks to define, examine, and develop solutions to this problematic relationship.

    Drawing on research and case studies from around the world—with examples from Denmark, Canada, South Africa and Israel—the book explores key contemporary issues including:

    • does effective talent identification require depth of participation?
    • do elite performances inspire greater participation?
    • the role of the Paralympic movement in mass participation and elite sport;
    • and the economic aspects of their co-existence.

    The first study of its kind, Elite Sport and Sport-for-All addresses a central dichotomy in sport policy and, as such, is important reading for all students, researchers, policy-makers or administrators working in sport development and policy.

    Foreword  1. More Fulfilling Lives Through Sport: An Intersubjective Justification for Balancing Elite Sport and Sport for All (Cesar R. Torres and Douglas W. McLaughlin)  2. Elite sports: what is it good for: the case of EYOF Utrecht 2013 (Koen Breedveld and Paul Hover)  3. Arguments and evidence of bridging elite performance and mass participation sports from an economic perspective (Christoph Breuer and Pamela Wicker)  4. The question of the trickle-down effect in Danish sport: Can a relationship between elite sport success and mass participation be identified? (Rasmus K. Storm and Trygve Laub Asserhøj)  5. Two Solitudes: Grassroots Sport and High Performance Sport in Canada (Peter Donnelly and Bruce Kidd)  6. The Problem with the Pyramid: why most models of talent development are flawed (Richard Bailey and David Collins)  7. Opportunities for ‘all’ versus ‘gold’ for sport and country: a South African discourse (Cora Burnett)  8. The Paralympic Movement and Sport for All: Elite, Recreational and Inclusive Sport for Development (Mary A. Hums and Eli A. Wolff)  9. Elite Sport and Sport-for-All: Tales of a Small Country (Uri Schaefer)  10. Sexual exploitation in women’s sport: Can female athletes respond to it? (Stiliani "Ani" Chroni)  11. A Sporting Utopia: easing the essential tension in sport policy (Dave Collins and Richard Bailey)


    The late Professor Margaret Talbot OBE was President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, and a leading authority on physical education and sport

    Richard Bailey is Senior Researcher at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, and is a well-known writer, researcher, and public speaker on the intersection of physical activity, sport and human development