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Development of National Sports Structure

Another programme where significant changes occur is the "Development of National Sports Structure" programme, previously called "Development of Nationa.

Coaching Structure." The development of sport in certain countries is often hindered by the fact that the national sport and coaching structure is disorganized or even non-existent.

The main objective of this programme, which was formerly focused on the national coaching structures, is to allow NOCs to develop their national sports and coaching structure by implementing a mid- to long-term action plan for a specific sport.

NOCs have the choice of determining their priorities and setting up a project, which will then enable them to strengthen the whole national structure of a sport, whether it is in the area of training coaches, spotting talented youngsters, or providing support for athletes.

This programme can be combined as much as possible with the "Talent Identification programme" NOCs are offered the opportunity to receive a high level coach from abroad for a specific period of time (three to six months). The action plan includes the following:

  • Establishing with National Federations coherent and realistic long term development plans.
  • Training of local coaches (national and club level).
  • Improving the different training programmes for elite sport.
  • Improving and establishing sport for all.
  • Improve school sports.