Strategies For London 2012: Sport Policy Factors Leading To International Sporting Success (SPLISS) Compared In 15 Countries

Veerle De Bosscher, M. Van Bottenburg, S. Shibli, Hans Westerbeek

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingMeeting abstract (Book)


Competition in elite sport is intensifying because the demand of nations for (particularly Olympic) success is increasing where the supply of medals remains relatively fixed. As a result of the 'global sporting arms race' more nations are investing strategically in elite sport and nations are searching for the optimal mix of policy measures to gain a competitive advantage in elite sport (De Bosscher et al., 2008).

An international group of researchers has joined forces to develop theories, methods and practice regarding Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS). This paper deals with the strategic thinking that underpins a large-scale international comparative SPLISS-study (2011-2012), involving 15 countries.

The conceptual model that underpins the SPLISS study is based on nine pillars, or policy dimensions that are identified as important areas of investment. These pillars were operationalised by 126 critical success factors (De Bosscher et al., 2006 & 2009). 15 countries are involved in this study: 10 European nations (Belgium (FLA + WAL), Denmark, Estonia , Finland, France, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland); 1 nation in Oceania (Australia); 2 in the Americas (Brazil, Canada); and 2 in Asia (Japan & Singapore). Data are collected through an overall sport policy inventory and a survey completed by (a) athletes, (b) coaches and (c) performance directors as important stakeholders in elite sport in each nation.
This presentation will focus on the inputs (pillar 1, financial support, 13 CSFs) and pillar 2, organization and structure of elite sport policies (22CSF, as part of the throughputs)
As data collection regarding pillars 1 and 2 will be completed in each country by December 1st 2011 we are not in the position yet to provide an insight into results. Of course this will be possible at the time of the conference.

We acknowledge the contribution of the partners involved in the SPLISS-II study, including policy partners and research partners (apart from the authors): Camilla Brocket (Aus), Stephanie De Croock & Jasper Truyens (Be, Fla), Mathieu Winand & Thierry Zintz (Be, Fla), Maria Tereza Silveira Bohme (Bra), David Legg (Can), Rasmus K. Storm & Henrik Brandt (Den), Eerik Hanni (Est), Patrick Mignon & Emanuel Lelore (Fra), Jari Lämsä & Jarmo Mäkinen (Fin), Yoshiyuki Mano & Hiroaki Funahashi (Jap), Paul Donnelly (NI), Pedro Guedes De Carvalho (Por), Aidi Abdul Rahim (Sin), Anna Vilanova (Spa), Hyppolit Kempf & Marco Stopper (Swi).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd ISCEMIS (Ed.) conference, Glasgow, July 19-23.
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventUnknown -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …


Period1/01/12 → …


  • competitiveness
  • benchmarking
  • elite sport policy


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