Opportunities and pathways in sport:
• The Sports Development Pyramid and Sport England’s
Sports Development Continuum and socio-cultural factors
influencing movement between the different levels
• Mass participation v Excellence / Elitism
• Talent identification and development initiatives. The
concept of talent in sport and links with methods of
identifying talent from other countries (for example,
SportsSearch in Australia and state-sponsored identification
programmes of the former East Germany).
• The structure of the World Class Performance Pathway
Factors affecting movement up the pyramid:
(Ability/performance,) Finance/income, leisure time, education,
physical education, resources, family, peer pressure, role models,
World Class Podium
(a max. of four years away from the podium).
UK Sport has a very clear remit at the ‘top end’ of Britain’s sport, with no
direct involvement in community or school sport.
1,200 of our
at the Podium
from an annual
World Class Development
(realistic medal winning capabilities for 2016.)
typically 6 years away from the podium,
maximum of 8 years away from the podium
World Class Performance Pathway
Promoting Sport in the UK
UK Sport - No Compromise -
World Class Performance Pathway
(Podium, Development, Talent)
Talent Identification: Olympic Specific
Girls for Gold Pitch2 Podium
Tall and Talented/ Sporting Giants
Paralympic Potential Talent 2012
(UKSI) EIS Support for
Athletes- The EIS has more than 250
sport science and medicine practitioners
working across 10 areas of expertise. The
give 4,000 hours support to over 1,500
athletes weekly working with over 40
Sport England – Grow, Sustain, Excel
Creating a sporting habit for life -Sport
England strategy 2012-17: Funding for :
NGB – £450 Million, Facilities- £250 million,
local areas and schools
Develop 40,000 Volunteer ‘Sports Makers’
School Sports Partnerships: SSCO, UK
School Olympics ,Junior Athletic Education
programme , PESSYP/ PESSCL – no longer!
‘The 5 hour offer’
“Playground to podium” – nurturing disabled
young people and adults with potential to be elite
£1 Billion National Lottery Funding and
money from Central Government(DCMS)
to be spent between 2012-17
CCPR represents sport to government
Power2Podium: Skeleton is a
nationwide search for fast, powerful
and competitive male and female
athletes who have the passion and
drive to become Olympic champions
in Skeleton. It is a golden opportunity
to develop your potential and become
part of Britain’s Sporting Elite at the
2022 Olympic Games.
A male or female athlete aged
between 17 and 25?
Fast, powerful and
Currently competing in any
sport at a regional level or
If so we want to hear from
No previous experience in
Skeleton is required; we are
looking for athletes with the
raw talent and capacity to
develop under the guidance of
elite coaches in a world class
The closing date for
Power2Podium: Skeleton is
midnight on 6th April 2014.
A commitment to channel the resources needed towards athletes
and sports with the greatest chance of succeeding on the world
stage, both in the immediate future and in the longer term.
No Compromise demands we reinforce excellence, support
talent, challenge under-performance and reject mediocrity.
Put simply, we strive to invest the right resources, in the right
athletes, for the right reasons.
This approach, along with record levels of investment from the
National Lottery, Exchequer and Team 2012 helped Great
Britain achieve 65 Olympic medals and 120 Paralympic medals at
UK Sport 2014
UK SPORT – No Compromise!
Some 1,300 of the nation’s leading athletes at the Podium and Podium
Potential levels alone.
The Programme works by ensuring that athletes get the support – delivered
through their sport’s national governing body – that they need at every stage
of their development.
Having run the Programme since 1997 and with the benefit of lessons learned
over the Sydney and Athens Olympiads, UK Sport developed a 'No
Compromise' approach, which ultimately means taking no short cuts in
resourcing the best athletes to realise their medal ambitions.
Podium and Podium Potential level athletes will be surrounded by a
performance programme that includes coaching, training and competition
support, medical and scientific services and access to the best facilities that
the UK (and often the World) has to offer.
UK Sport 2014
The Government’s main sporting focus should be on
winning as many Gold medals as possible at the London
Games in 2012. Discuss. (10 Marks)
The Nation –
Cost £30.7 Billion
1 million more
Participants by 2013
Obesity and CHD
directly related to
estimated to cost
of the Games-
‘Places People Play’
Social and physical