Fostering Elite Athlete Development and Recreational Sport Participation: a Successful Club Environment

  • Larissa Rafaela Galatti College of Sport Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, State University of Campinas, Brazil (FCA/UNICAMP)
  • Jean Côté School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Canada.
  • Riller Silva Reverdito Faculty of Health Sciences, State University of Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Veronica Allan School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Canada
  • Antonio Montero Seoane University of Coruña, Spain
  • Roberto Rodrigues Paes College of Physical Education, State University of Campinas, Brazil.

Abstract

The overall aim of this article was to present a positive case study about how a sport club can foster both elite athlete development in parallel with offering a diverse range of sport activities to attract and maintain a greater number of children and youth for continued participation in a long term sport program.  To this end, an in-depth case study was conducted of a model Spanish Basketball Club, considered an example of success in achieving consistent level of performance and high rates of participation among their youth. Data were collected from in-depth interviews with administrators, setting observation, and analysis of current and archived club documents. The results show that the club has created changes over the years that have led to a clear organizational structure with a philosophy that connects its youth development teams and elite teams. An increase focus on youth development, the addition of recreational activities, and the implementation of a coach education program have been linked to enhanced participation rate and performance.

Author Biographies

Larissa Rafaela Galatti, College of Sport Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, State University of Campinas, Brazil (FCA/UNICAMP)
Ph.D., Assistant Professor at College of Sport Sciences, School of Applied Sciences, State University of Campinas, Brazil.
Jean Côté, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Canada.
Ph.D., Professor and Director at School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Canada.
Riller Silva Reverdito, Faculty of Health Sciences, State University of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Master, Professor at Faculty of Health Sciences, State University of Mato Grosso, Brazil. PhD student at Campinas State University (UNICAMP)

 

Veronica Allan, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Canada
MSc. Candidate, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Canada.
Antonio Montero Seoane, University of Coruña, Spain
Ph.D., Professor at University of Coruña, Spain
Roberto Rodrigues Paes, College of Physical Education, State University of Campinas, Brazil.
Ph.D., Professor at College of Physical Education, State University of Campinas, Brazil.
Published
2017-03-20
Section
Original Article