Module Overview

Elite Sports Development

To build a profound comprehension of the evolution of elite sport development practices in different countries To provide a detailed insight and critical evaluation into different elite sport development approaches with particular emphasis on the Irish system.

Module Code

SMCO H4016

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to sports development theory

Definitions, Elite versus Participation Sports Development

Requirements of a successful ESD System

Nine pillars of ESD – Policy, Financial Support, Participation, Talent ID, Coaching, Athlete Support, Facilities, International Competition, Sports Science SupportFunction of a Sports Institute

Historical background and context to current practice in ESD

USSR / GDR – Policies, Systems & Success during cold warAustralia – 1970’s to Present - Policies, Systems & Success

Irish ESD – Evolution, structures, policy & success

Key Agencies: Dept of Sport, ISC, IIS, Coaching Ireland (NCTC), OCI, PCIExpenditure distributionSuccess – Olympic evaluation reports since 2000

UK ESD - Evolution, structures, policy & success

Policy changes & success 1960s - Present

USA ESD - Evolution, structures, policy & success

Contrast in policy to other countries since 1920s

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30