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Talent Identification and Development

We knew he was going to be a star from the first time he picked up a ball…

Tempting as it is, this sort of predictions about who will make it to the elite level are very difficult to make. For every Messi and Lebron James, there many others who looked great early but didn’t make it, and many more that looked nothing special and went on to become world-beaters. Does Stephen Curry ring a bell?

Research into talent identification and development has advanced greatly in the last two decades. Whilst still a very challenging job to do, we now have much more information to make better choices regarding talent identification and even more about the kind of practices and environments which allow talent to develop to higher levels of performance.

In this section, we will give you the facts, dispel some myths and promote a much more informed and realistic approach to talent identification and development.