In Pursuit of Excellence: A Student Guide to Elite Sports by Hill Michael

By Hill Michael

Competitive game is this present day approximately profitable and coaching to win. Many athletes are execs, with careers controlled by way of groups of professional employees training the last word objective of world-class, medal-winning performances.

This entry-level textual content bargains new scholars a entire creation to the phenomenon of the pursuit of excellence in activity, masking the main matters and conversing issues including:

  • the historical past and culture of carrying excellence
  • comparisons of elite high-performance activity programmes in Australia, the us, East Germany and France
  • the old, social, political and fiscal affects of wearing excellence within the united kingdom
  • current concerns and debates, together with medicines in sport
  • the destiny for high-performance sport.

With a transparent framework for figuring out and exploring key matters, questions for dialogue, web content and proposals for additional interpreting, In Pursuit of Excellence is an perfect creation for AS, a degree and undergradute students.

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24 sporting excellence: an historical overview Texts referred to in this chapter Cashmore, E. (2005) Making Sense of Sports, 4th edn, London and New York: Routledge. Dobbs, B. (1973) Edwardians at Play: Sport, 1890–1914, London: Pelham Books. Edelman, R. (1993) Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sport in the USSR, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hutchinson, R. (1996) Empire Games, London: Mainstream Publishing. Holt, R. (1996) ‘Patriotism’, in D. Levinson and K. Christensen (eds) Encyclopaedia of World Sport, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Put simply, this means that athletes who are good enough will get the funding they need. CREPs are regional centres of sports excellence and are aimed at students still at school and provide localised back-up for potential elite performers. Currently there are twenty-three CREPS at: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ De Paca Ajaccio Mâcon Toulouse Montpellier Des Pays de la Loire Reims Wattignies Strasbourg Ile de France Limousin Réunion ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Houlgate Dijon Franche-Compté Bordeaux Dinard Centre Nancy Vichy Voiron Poitou-Charentes Antilles et la Guyane A large amount of sports funding in France comes from the public sector.

Many countries, including the UK, are now actively engaged in setting up similar programmes in a bid to emulate Australia’s sporting success. Sport is a central element in Australian culture, and winning at sport has been an important goal throughout much of the country’s history, beginning with the famous first ‘test’ victory over England in 1882 and, more recently, with the success at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Dunstan (1973: 1) summarises, ‘Sport is the ultimate Australian super-religion, the one thing every Australian believes in passionately.

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