By Lucy Wood
Introduction - Foundation vs Elite
Foundation level is first level of participation in the sports environment. This level is for the participants basic learning and understanding of the basic skills in a sport or activities. It can also be the level of making the participants focus on the certain sport they are interested in from the start. This usually includes school children at this level but it can vary as to when they start having the interest in a chosen sport or start in the sports environment.
Elite level is the last level of participation in the sports environment. This includes participants reaching national standards up to the Olympic or world wide class performance. It is also the level which participants get paid to perform in their chosen sport. This is also a job to elite performers as they get paid. Also their is a lot put into this level compared to foundation. This is more focusing on PB standards , this means our personal best. This is also done at a professional standard ,for example a elite performer could be Jess Ennis as she is an elite performer.
Purposes of Foundation level ; talent identification
The purposes for foundation level is for talent identification. This can vary as it can be a purpose in the foundation level or in the next level which is beginners. This is because you may not always find talent from just the first level because they are just finding the interest in activities or sport therefore it might be too early to identify this.However it can be identified as when the participants take part in the different activities and sports they might stand out from the rest of the participants. This means the teacher may identify that they have played rather well compared to the others. This wouldn't happen in elite level as they would off already identified the participants talent ,obviously to get to elite level your playing world class performance in that sport so your talents already been identified. This also can be identified by the skills they may use ,therefore if they show the level of possibly world class skills then this will indicate talent. It could also be identified by parents genes ,for example if their parents were fit, healthy and active round the sports environment then they may intake this gene from them. Also this would work with how they might play in a certain sport therefore talent might be identified by this. There isnt many purposes for foundation level because its just getting started into the sporting environment therefore their is no fitness testing or assessment of health etc involved because there is no reason for this.
Purposes of elite level
Resources for Foundation level and Elite
Resources for the foundation level include fiscal;equitment;facilities and human.
Equipment in foundation level and elite are two very different resource requirments. This is because in foundation level the equipment would be very low standard and wouldnt be as expensive as elite would be. Also the equipment in foundation would take longer to use and take more effort to use ,for example equipment such as timing gates would be more expensive and less time compared to a someone in foundation who would have to carry out a event using a stopwatch and cones which would take longer. Also when they get the results the foundationj level will just write them down on a peice of paper ,compared to how elite level will have professional equipment to record them on a computer. Overall elite would be much more professional.