Effects of the Welsh management team on performers preparations at the 2002 Commonwealth games
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study is an investigation into the effects of management and management decisions on performers preparations at a major sporting event. The aim of the study was to gain an understanding of the specific requirements for managers of a sports organisation: the Welsh Commonwealth committee, and the extent of preparations that are undertaken to ensure minimal pressure on the performers. Semi- structured interviews were used on seven participants including the sports performers, members of the Governing Bodies and the Chief executive of the Welsh Commonwealth Team. Results of the study showed varying views across the participants interviewed with a number of them portraying contrasting perceptions of the management. It became evident that there are no uniform rules across the differing sports, resulting in each sport having its own individual problems. Although the general view of the management was praised the highest level of management was often suggested to be unprofessional in its approach. The Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Council however had a contrasting view believing that the structure is very efficient and is in no need of change. In conclusion to the findings recommendations were highlighted to include a better review process following the games, in order for all members of the team to reflect fully. The second key area highlighted the requirement to gain an in depth understanding of the need to change and adapt the management structures in order to improve efficiency.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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