Elite Sport and Sport-for-All : Bridging the Two Cultures?, Hardback Book

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

Edited by Richard Bailey, Margaret Talbot

Part of the ICSSPE Perspectives series


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 148 pages, 9 Line drawings, black and white; 16 Tables, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sports & outdoor recreation
  • ISBN: 9781138821903



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