The ten fundamental laws of having a great high performance sports system are:
- Find talented athletes (i.e. put in place a talent id program);
- Increase (effective and targeted) funding to high performance sport;
- Increase the focus on finding, training and developing world class coaches;
- Increase the focus and funding for sports science, sports medicine and analysis technologies;
- Increase the access to high quality international sporting competitions;
- Provide world class high performance sports facilities, e.g. training facilities, gymnasiums, competition venues;
- Recruit, train and retain quality sports management staff;
- Put in place ongoing “audit” and continuous improvement systems;
- Invest in the latest equipment, technology and IT;
- Manage the system through an integrated high performance sports system network – typically Academies and Institutes of Sport.
This is from a recent Sports Coaching Brain Article. Great read. However a good setting only creates a setting it does not create winning athletes.