A taxonomy of dual career development environments in the United Kingdom



Cartigny E & Morris R (2020) A taxonomy of dual career development environments in the United Kingdom. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 16 (2), pp. 24-38.

While the benefits of dual careers (i.e. the combination of education or vocation alongside a sporting career) are evident in the literature, research is still required to understand the environments that support dual career athletes. The aims of the current study are to: (a) identify the types of DCDEs present in the British system; and, (b) to provide practical considerations for dual career practitioners working within DCDEs in the UK. To achieve these aims, this study conducted documentary analysis, interviews and focus groups with dual career practitioners and experts. Results highlighted that there are eight types of DCDEs, which exist to differing extents across the UK. While the overarching UK setup reflects the overarching European one, the approaches to DCDEs are varied in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Based on the results, practitioners are required to navigate organisational barriers to integrating within an environment and building relationships with DC athletes. The research provides a framework for developing sport specific taxonomies and identifying gaps in dual career support.

Dual careers of athletes; elite sport; talent development; support system; ecological approach

Sport and Exercise Psychology Review: Volume 16, Issue 2

Publication date31/12/2020
Date accepted by journal05/12/2020
Publisher URL…-2-december-2020

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Dr Robert Morris

Dr Robert Morris

Associate Professor, Sport