This article aims to open a dialogue about the divergent developments of sport-for-all and elite sport and more particularly on the role that a broad sports participation may play in increasing success at the elite level. Little conclusive research has been conducted that shows the mutual relationship between both developments. This article uses data from the SPLISS study to show that some nations, like Norway and the Netherlands, are relatively successful despite their small population. Especially small nations could see the development of grass roots sport, and especially the quality level of sports clubs, as a long-term strategy to achieve a competitive advantage in high performance sport. Furthermore the chapter suggests that a traditional pyramid still exists at the competition level and that sport-for-all does not supply elite sport automatically.
|Title of host publication||Handbook on Sport Development|
|Number of pages||672|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Bibliographical noteB. Houlihan
- succes-sport developement