With the Ashes test series between England and Australia continuing a brilliant summer of sports, we find ourselves about to watch something remarkable and often taken for granted.
Sports facility is important
Not for the first time, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club will provide nearly a third of the England squad for a test match. The first ashes will be Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and Joe Root, Yorkshiremen, and with Gary Ballance (born and educated in Zimbabwe, but based in Yorkshire) complete the quartet in a 13-man squad.
While sports science and research tends to focus on the biological and psychological training needed to become an elite performer, sports success is far more complex than this. The basis of any athlete’s psychological biological makeup is the cultural and social environment in which they are raised.
This is now acknowledged in the development of sports performance, in part due to the assessment made through SportCoachUK, considering the importance of geography and the place in which sports are involved, in addition to such as the socioeconomic status of children and their educational background. The culture that young athletes bring up can have a significant impact on the opportunities available for them to participate and participate in sports.
Challenges of Eddie Eagle Edwards (British skier during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics) and Ericel, Eel Hui Moussambani (swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, famous at the Olympics 2000 Sydney), can be mitigated if they ‘were born elsewhere. If they were born in an opportunistic culture (Eddie in a Nordic country and Eric in a country with an Olympic-sized pool), things could have been a lot different.
The importance of location
Several academic studies have determined that the size of your birthplace can affect your chances to make it at the highest level. In the US, this is noted as the most effective in cities with fewer than half a million people. The study also shows that smaller communities can foster a more prominent context for youth participation due to the game’s structure, function and cultural approach.
A study of handball and soccer players in Denmark, shows that the size and population density affect the percentage of young players from a community to elite athletes. It found that the proportion of young people registering to play handball and soccer increased in smaller rural communities, compared to larger urban people.