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Simon A. Worsnop

The purpose of this article is to examine the application of talent development principles to the coaching of rugby. It will consider the generic and sport specific problems of talent identification and selection, particularly the danger of early selection that poses the dual problems of early disengagement on the one hand and over specialization on the other. The paper will touch upon the various proposed models of athlete development and discuss the ways in which a national governing body of sport can influence player development along the age continuum. The role of the individual coach in developing young players and the importance of coach development and education will also be considered. Understanding the needs of players at different times in their development, and having a clear knowledge of how to improve performance in an efficient, time restrained but also enjoyable manner is a key skill for any coach. However, this skill requires time to grow and many coach education systems do not provide the ongoing support mechanisms that will enable a coach to grow and flourish, resulting in a less than optimal coaching environment.

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Ole Winthereik Mathorne, Kristoffer Henriksen, and Natalia Stambulova

In Denmark, sport management and talent development rely on the collaboration between talent-development stakeholders and organizations in an athletic-talent-development environment. Guided by the holistic ecological approach (HEA) in talent development ( Henriksen & Stambulova, 2017 ; Henriksen

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Stephen Macdonald and Justine Allen

& Fonseca, 2016 ; Mills, Butt, Maynard, & Harwood, 2012 ), however, the importance of the talent development environment (TDE) and the coach’s central influence within it, have been consistently documented (e.g.,  Henriksen, Stambulova, & Roessler, 2011 ; International Council for Coaching Excellence

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Louise Kamuk Storm

, and wellbeing ( Storm & Larsen, 2020 ). This article describes and reflects upon an intervention with the aim of creating a sustainable talent-development culture. Organizational life in sport is influenced by emotions and attitudes, stress and well-being, behavior, and environments ( Fletcher

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Daniel Wixey, Knud Ryom, and Kieran Kingston

talent development ( Law, Côté, & Ericsson, 2007 ). In contrast, some have deemed such early specialisation as unnecessary ( DiFiori et al., 2017 ) and even immoral ( de Vasconcellos Ribeiro & Dimeo, 2009 ). Literature has suggested that those who specialize may be more likely to experience reduced

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Robin D. Taylor, Howie J. Carson, and Dave Collins

.g.,  Haworth, Davis, & Plomin, 2013 ). However, there is a dearth of twin research within sport coaching and talent development (TD; Baker & Horton, 2004 ), despite recognition and increasing interest toward sibling influences within these challenging and transitory environments (e.g.,  Blazo, Czech, Carson

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Andrew J.A. Hall, Leigh Jones, and Russell J.J. Martindale

environmental level, innate talent will never be enough ( Abbott & Collins, 2004 ; Gagné, 2004 ; Martindale, Collins, & Abraham, 2007 ; Mills, Butt, & Maynard, 2014 ). The shift in emphasis away from the identification of talent towards understanding the talent development process is becoming more evident in

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Ole Winthereik Mathorne, Natalia Stambulova, and Kristoffer Henriksen

Operating effectively in the field of talent development in sports involves multiple stakeholders, including athletes, parents, coaches, sports organizations, and municipalities. The holistic ecological approach ( Henriksen & Stambulova, 2017 ) has showcased the importance of paying attention to

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Tom O. Mitchell, Adam Gledhill, Ross Shand, Martin A. Littlewood, Lewis Charnock, and Kevin Till

). Talent development environments (TDEs) have the capacity to support the development of youth athletes ( Henriksen, Stambulova, & Roessler, 2010a , 2010b ; Martindale et al., 2010 ). A successful TDE is one that continually produces top-level athletes from their junior ranks and provides them with the

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Russell Martindale, Chunxiao Li, Georgios Andronikos, Marziyeh Jafari, and Rokhsareh Badami

During the last decade, there has been an ever-increasing interest in the nature of the talent development environments (TDEs) and their influence on talented individuals. TDEs are a cornerstone in the talent development (TD) process and can influence athletes at multiple levels. Most of the TD