Ansgar Thiel

Linking top sports and schools to foster the next generation of athletes in competitive sports – reflections on the example of the German integrated systems



In order to provide the chance for athletes to obtain the prerequisites that allow them to become “world champions” without putting their scholastic success in danger, the German Sports Association conceptually embedded the connection between school and competitive sports in a national concept for the new generation of competitive athletes. Should this be successful, school has to be made more functional from the perspective of athletes in that the structures of a scholastic education do not impinge on efficient athletic training. The study shows that the coupling of top sports and school up to the present does not function particular-ly well. It is only marginally possible to formalize the connection, yet the informal regulation is confronted with a huge number of problems that make an efficient coordination for the best support of athletes in both school and sports even harder.