THE EFFECTS OF LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT ON THE RATE OF DROP OUT WITHIN WELSH NETBALL
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The purpose of the study was to ascertain the success of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) in Wales and whether it has an effect on the rates of drop out in Welsh netball. The literature review suggested that the Welsh Netball Association (WNA) have incorporated Balyi’s (2001) LTAD model in to their own appropriate LTAD framework for all levels of netball performance in Wales. However, little evidence supports its implementation. The research technique used was a qualitative approach to collect the appropriate data. A pilot interview was conducted, followed by four semi-structured interviews with purposely chosen participants based on their level of performance. All interviews were transcribed, coded and themed in order to place the relevant information in to a data analysis table ready for discussion. The results of the study highlighted the awareness of LTAD from a players’ perspective, and how this had an effect on their withdrawal from performing at a high level. The subjects’ responses and opinions revealed that the LTAD framework created by the WNA is not being implemented correctly as they were all unaware of any development programmes currently in place. The most consistent reasons for drop out were in relation to negative attention from the coach and lack of enjoyment during training sessions.