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Preparing our greatest team: The design and delivery of a preparation camp for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Rachel Arnold (School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Ella Hewton (School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
David Fletcher (School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

Sport, Business and Management

ISSN: 2042-678X

Article publication date: 14 September 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors perceived to be associated with the design and delivery of an effective Olympic Games preparation camp.

Design/methodology/approach

To identify and explore such factors, interviews were conducted with eight members of a preparation camp delivery team for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and with two athletes who had participated in Olympic preparation camps.

Findings

The results identified four overarching factors that should be considered when designing and delivering an effective Olympic preparation camp: planning, operations, environment, and the delivery team. To illustrate the interrelationships between these factors and situate them within the holistic preparation camp context, an operational model was developed. This model also portrays the chronological ordering of events, individuals involved at each stage, and athlete-centered nature of an Olympic preparation camp.

Originality/value

Despite the significant amount of Olympic-related research at organizational, environmental, and individual levels, no research to date has holistically examined Olympic preparation camps per se. This study provides the first insight into the factors associated with the design and delivery of an effective Olympic preparation camp, and potential interrelationships between these factors.

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Citation

Arnold, R., Hewton, E. and Fletcher, D. (2015), "Preparing our greatest team: The design and delivery of a preparation camp for the London 2012 Olympic Games", Sport, Business and Management, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 386-407. https://doi.org/10.1108/SBM-01-2014-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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