Designing Template for Talent Identification and Development in Sport

Ajibua Michael Alayode, Alla Joseph Babalola, Oyerinde Olufemi Oyesegun


The debate on whether there is anything called “talent” has been laid to rest. It has been verified that there are indeed some talented individuals. Identifying talent has many benefits. So, identifying and developing talented individual in all human domains, sport inclusive, has become a big business. If the organization is to stay ahead of its competitors, such entity must recruit and develop talented individuals. Unfortunately, there are yet no accurate and objective means of identifying talented individuals, be it in sport or other domains. It is more difficult in sport because of its complex and dynamic nature. The purpose of this study therefore, is to propose a template for identifying and developing sport talents.


Talent; Talent identification; Talent development

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