The Olympics, amateurism and Britain’s coaching heritage.

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dc.contributor.author Day, Dave en
dc.contributor.author Carter, Neil en
dc.contributor.author Carpenter, Tegan en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T11:16:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T11:16:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-09
dc.identifier.citation Day, D., Carter, N. and Carpenter, T. (2012) The Olympics, amateurism and Britain’s coaching heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 19 (2), pp. 139-152 en
dc.identifier.issn 1470-3610
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/5985
dc.description.abstract Although an increase in the quality and availability of sports coaching is one of the ‘soft’ legacy targets for the organisers of London 2012, little is actually known about the ongoing relationships between the Olympic Games and Britain’s coaching traditions, social practices which form an important part of the nation’s intangible cultural heritage. Using newspaper reports and organisational archives, this paper explores how the London Games in 1908 and 1948 impacted on British attitudes to coaching at the level of elite sport and highlights in the process the lasting impact of the cultural heritages of amateurism and voluntarism. The debates and coaching initiatives that followed these Games challenged some of the fundamental tenets of British sporting heritage but amateurism was so ingrained into the sporting culture that changes were always slow and highly contested. As Britain prepares for 2012, coaching is at the forefront of the drive for success but the experiences of previous home Olympics suggest that cultural heritages such as coaching practice can be highly resistant to change and that intangibles such as preferences for voluntarism will continue to impact on attempts to professionalise coaching. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject coaching en
dc.subject intangible cultural heritage en
dc.subject legacy en
dc.subject London Olympic Games en
dc.subject amateurism en
dc.title The Olympics, amateurism and Britain’s coaching heritage. en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2011.651742
dc.researchgroup International Centre for Sports History and Culture en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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