• Christian Olsen
4. term, Learning and Innovative Change, Master (Master Programme)
According to the Danish Ministry of Culture, there is a documented link between physical activity and learning, why talent development has become important not only for sports organizations but also for society. The Ministry of Culture and the organization Team Danmark here defined the complete sportsman as such it appears that elite sportsmen must develop into complete athletes with versatile physical, mental and social skills, by providing good opportunities for combining education and employment with their sports career.
But how did young sports talent in practice create a connection between sport, school and social life? – And whom is responsible for creating this coherence in the talents' overall environment? The effect of talent's success outside the sport is not documented as being any direct influence on talent development in sports. An interesting perspective on this matter is the importance of sociality, in relation to learning and development, as a sports talent. It is therefore interesting to look at whether the strengthening of sociality and the development as an entire human being has a strengthening effect on talent development within their sports. This also makes it interesting to look at how recognized talent development environments consider sociality and how this influences on an organizational and strategic level.
The following study is based on two cases of recognized talent development environments. Here, two interviews have been conducted, one of each development-responsible manager in the environments, in responsibility to young people 16-19 years of age. In addition, there has been distributed question forms to all interested young people in the desired age group in both environments, which will be included in the overall qualitative analysis to support my findings through data triangulation.
In conclusion, a few significant factors can be considered as common factors in the two recognized talent development environments, such as responsibility and use of parenting roles. Sociality is concluded as being a key factor in terms of talent development and development as a complete human, by facilitating learning through well-being, happiness and cohesion with people both inside and outside the talent development environment. In addition, it can be concluded that sociality played a role in contributing to maintaining and developing young talents into complete sportsmen and senior athletes.
A wider focus on sociality can thus contribute to human development becoming an organizational strategy in improving talent development in the talent development environments. This by recognizing the importance of sociality among talent both in, but especially outside the talent development environments, as there are no clear strategic guidelines on this matter. Thus, a wider social perspective can contribute to better talent development, through increased human development in a coherent work-life balance.
Publication date31 May 2017
Number of pages79
ID: 258693815