Developing the potential of young people in sport

Tuesday, 06 March 2007 00:00 Abbott, A et al Performance Sport & Coaching

This package grew out of a Talent Identification initiative. As such, ‘Developing the Potential of Young People in Sport’ (DPYPS) was developed with Talent Identification and Development (TID) as its primary thrust. However, from the beginning we wished to exploit the generic benefits which seem to accrue from equipping children for achievement in sport; benefits which although consistently highlighted by research have, until recently, been dismissed. Accordingly, we aimed to develop a seamless version of the development process for sport, which would also make a substantial contribution towards broader educational aims and that crucial lode-stone of the 21st century, lifelong physical activity.



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Editor's comments - [  In 2000-01 sportscotland operated a talent identification and development (TID) pilot programme in conjunction with three local authorities in Scotland. The programme was based on an Australian model which used a series of physical tasks and an interactive CD-Rom to determine the suitability of sports for young people. In parallel, sportscotland commissioned the University of Edinburgh to undertake an evaluation of the TID programme and also produce an academic review of the factors influencing TID.

As a result of the findings of both the evaluation and the academic review, and because of conceptual and empirical weaknesses, sportscotland decided to conclude the pilot programme in late 2001. sportscotland published Talent Identification and Development: An Academic Review in August 2002.

The academic review highlighted that resources should concentrate primarily on the psychological dimensions supported by the development of fundamental motor skills. It also identified that talent is dependent on genetics, environment, encouragement and the effect of these on physical and psychological traits. It argued that by equipping young people with the appropriate psycho-behavioural characteristics of excellence and providing them with opportunities to develop, at an early age, the fundamental motor skills required for participation in a wide range of sporting activities that this would allow young people to reach their potential in sport and physical recreation. It also contended that by equipping young people with these competences that physical activity levels would be raised.

In December 2001 sportscotland decided to commission the University of Edinburgh to develop and test a new approach with young people in two local authority areas in Scotland (North Ayrshire Council and Stirling Council). This approach would be based on the psychological characteristics of excellence with an explicit focus on the enhancement of psychomotor capacity. The new programme was called Developing the Potential of Young People in Sport (DPYPS).  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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