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.

chapter 1|13 pages

More fulfilling lives through sport

An intersubjective justification for balancing elite sport and sport-for-all
ByCesar R. Torres, Douglas W. McLaughlin

chapter 2|16 pages

Elite sports: what is it good for?

The case of EYOF Utrecht 2013
ByKoen Breedveld, Paid Hover

chapter 4|16 pages

The question of the trickle-down effect in Danish sport

Can a relationship between elite sport success and mass participation be identified?
ByRasmus K. Storm, Tvygve Laub Asserhøj

chapter 5|15 pages

Two Solitudes

Grass-roots sport and high-performance sport in Canada
ByPeter Donnelly, Bruce Kidd

chapter 6|13 pages

The problem with the pyramid

Why most models of talent development are flawed
ByRichard Bailey, David Collins

chapter 7|15 pages

Opportunities for ‘all’ versus ‘gold’ for sport and country

A South African discourse
ByCora Burnett

chapter 8|8 pages

The Paralympic Movement and sport-for-all

Elite, recreational and inclusive sport for development 1
ByMary A. Hums, Eli A. Wolff

chapter 9|11 pages

Elite sport and sport-for-all

Tales of a small country
ByUri Schaefer

chapter 10|15 pages

Sexual exploitation in women’s sport

Can female athletes respond to it?
ByStiliani 'Ani' Chroni

chapter 11|12 pages

A sporting utopia

Easing the essential tension in sport policy
ByDave Collins, Richard Bailey