Successful Talent Development in Soccer: The Characteristics of the Environment
The Big Idea
One easy way to understand the big idea of this research study into improved talent development in a sport such as soccer is to use an analogy. When the authors speak as they do of a holistic ecological approach to sporting talent development, it is hard not to think of growing a garden. If we want high yield in our garden we begin with the right seeds; we carefully prepare the soil and add fertiliser; we plant not helter-skelter but with care, all the while removing the weeds and pests; we then tend the garden over time; and with luck and some prayers to Ceres, the Roman god of agriculture, we reap what we sow.