Creating a Sustainable Talent-Development Culture: Context-Driven Sport Psychology Practice in a Danish Talent Academy

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Louise Kamuk StormUniversity of Southern Denmark

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This case study describes a 1-year intervention aiming at creating a sustainable talent-development culture by actively involving the director and leading coaches of the Danish Talent Academy in a research process, thus broadening their horizons, developing their self-reflexivity, and empowering them to improve their situation. The intervention proceeded in five phases. Phase 1 was exploring and reflecting on previous experiences and understanding needs. Phase 2 was about understanding past, present, and future values and strategies to gain a foothold and stability in the new context. Phase 3 was cocreation of a cultural analysis that was important for constructing the identity of the academy and developing self-reflexivity. Phase 4 was designing the value-based compass poster, and Phase 5 was sharing, evaluating, and looking forward within the local sociocultural context. Reflections on the program suggest that a context-driven approach to the creation of an environment for talent development can enhance the successful nature of the process.

Storm (lkstorm@health.sdu.dk) is with the Dept. of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

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