ARC Linkage Project - Sporting Talent
Program 1 - Community environments
This research program will identify talent centres (i.e. locations which produce, or are capable of producing, a disproportionate share of talent per head of population), and compile an atlas of sports talent development. This atlas will then be used to guide further, in depth investigations of these areas. A main focus of this program is on investigating community attributes such as: urban form; the sociodemographic composition; well-being and social capital; sporting participation rates; and the accessibility of junior sport and recreation activities and coaching via the available transport network.
Program 2 - Training and development
This program of research features three investigations exploring critical factors underpinning the identification, recruitment, development and transition of elite athletes. Critical information will be sourced from athlete developmental histories and sport-specific case studies incorporating in-depth interviews with athletes, coaches and recruiters.
Program 3 - Social and Organisational Factors
This investigation will assess the impact of social and organisational factors on the identification and development of elite athletes. This research stream examines the nature of interactions in two contexts central to nurturing talented athletes, the family/peer setting and the sport organisation (i.e., sport club). These relationships include those with other athletes, families, coaches and sport club managers.
Program 4 - Psychology of Participation
This investigation examines how key psychological factors influence sport involvement. This research stream will compare a psychological profile of recreational sport participants with those of elite athletes. This research also integrates and extends the findings of the other programs to understand if, and how, recreational participants differ from elite athletes in areas such as motivation, barriers and negotiation strategies.