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Elite sport and sport-for-all

bridging the two cultures?

Bailey, R., & Talbot, M. (2015). Elite sport and sport-for-all: bridging the two cultures?. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

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.

Uitgever(s): Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group,


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Richard Bailey
Margaret Talbot

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