The management of elite sport development – German tennis: a case study
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this individual research project is to investigate the process of elite sport development in German tennis and to compare it to the current best practice model found in the literature. An extensive review of the literature relating to sport development structures and processes is the prerequisite for this comparison. The German Tennis Federation (GTF) serves as a case study. To explore the approach adopted by the GTF regarding the development of elite tennis players, a qualitative research design was undertaken. Purposeful sampling was conducted to select the most appropriate participants. Semi-structured, audiotaped interviews were used to reveal GTF's key stakeholders' perceptions and experiences. Subsequently, the interviews were transcribed and by using content analysis, key themes were identified, analysed and discussed. The study found that the talent identification and -development pathway applied by the GTF is well-considered and efficient. However, lack of personnel and -revenue make it difficult for the GTF to provide all the essential resources needed to deliver an appropriate elite sport development framework. Moreover, greater care for the athlete needs to be established to enhance the players' performance. These findings suggest that the athlete needs to be at the centre of all strategicand operational procedures at all times. A revised model, reflecting the findings of the study, adapted from the initial best practice model, was developed by the researcher. Further research is necessary to determine whether the proposed model is an effective representation of best practice sport development in an elite context. This research may include further work with the GTF and other sport organisations and would benefit from an international perspective.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT MANAGEMENT
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