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Title: Examining the development environments of elite English football academies: The players' perspective
Authors: Mills, Andrew
Butt, Joanne
Maynard, Ian
Harwood, Chris G.
Keywords: Talent development
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: SAGE © Multi-Science Publishing
Citation: MILLS, A. ...et al., 2014. Examining the development environments of elite English football academies: The players' perspective. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(6), pp. 1457-1472.
Abstract: As a preliminary investigation, we examined elite youth football academy players’ perceptions of the quality of their development environment, at a crucial stage in their progression to the professional level. With institutional ethics approval, the Talent Development Environment Questionnaire (TDEQ) [1] was used to survey 50 elite players aged 16-18 (m 17.1, ± s = 0.6 years) recruited from the academies of Premier League and Championship clubs in England. Overall, the results suggest that elite player development environments are perceived to be of a good quality. However, while academies appeared strong in areas related to coaching, organisation, and sport-related support; they were somewhat deficient in areas related to athlete understanding, links to senior progression, and key stakeholder relationships. In addition to the importance of establishing well-integrated youth and senior teams and positive working relationships with parents; the findings underline the necessity for academies to pay close attention to the psychosocial environments they create for developing players. Theoretical considerations and applied implications for those involved in elite player development are discussed.
Description: This article was published in the International journal of Sports Science and Coaching [SAGE] and the definitive version is available at: http://spo.sagepub.com/content/9/6/1457
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1260/1747-9541.9.6.1457
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20798
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/1747-9541.9.6.1457
ISSN: 1747-9541
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