Elite youth sport competitions have increased significantly in number in recent years, with the Youth Olympic Games representing the high point of this phenomenon. This book examines the global context within which elite youth sport has emerged and continues to grow. It explores elite youth sport policy across fifteen countries, in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, addressing the questions of how youth talent development is organised and why elite youth sport has become so popular.
Taking a comparative global perspective, the book analyses the growth in more systematic approaches to young athlete development and the increasing emphasis on early talent identification. It discusses the attitude of stakeholders (such as NGBs, governments and sponsors) towards elite youth sport, while also considering how young elite athletes’ interests are protected and how the growth in elite youth sport affects a sport’s development strategy.
Written by a team of internationally renowned researchers, Elite Youth Sport Policy and Management: A comparative analysis is fascinating reading for all students, scholars, managers, policy-makers and coaches with an interest in youth sport, elite sport development, talent identification and sports policy.
1. Introduction [Milena M. Parent, Elsa Kristiansen and Barrie Houlihan] PART I: Europe 2. England/United Kingdom [Barrie Houlihan and Pippa Chapman] 3. The Netherlands [Agnes Elling and Niels Reijgersberg] 4. Germany [Verena Burk and Karen Petry] 5. Russia [Vassil Girginov] 6. Norway [Elsa Kristiansen] 7. France [Denis Musso] PART II: The Americas 8. Canada [Milena M. Parent, David Patterson and Paul Jurbala] 9. United States of America [Christine B. Green and Matt B. Greenberg] 10. Brazil [Fernando Marinho Mezzadri, Marcelo Moraes e Silva and Fernando Renato Cavichioli] PART III: Africa 11. South Africa [Cora Burnett] PART IV: Asia 12. China [Xiaoyan Xing] 13. India [Packianathan Chelladurai and Usha Sujit Nair] 14. South Korea [Eunah Hong] PART V: Oceania 15. Australia [Russell Hoye] 16. New Zealand [Michael P. Sam] 17. Conclusion [Elsa Kristiansen, Milena M. Parent and Barrie Houlihan]