NMC Bright & HAN launch courses Talent Identification in Sport

News by Nick Veenbrink

Sports consultancy NMC Bright and the HAN University of Applied Sciences join forces and developed courses aimed at talent identification in sports. The first online course will start in February 2021.

One of the initiators is Sebastiaan Platvoet, Senior Lecturer / Researcher Talent Identification and Development at HAN, who recently obtained his Ph.D. with a doctoral research into talent identification. “There is a lot of knowledge available in science that is still (too) little applied. With these courses we want to close the gap between science and practice and improve the quality of talent identification in sports. By cooperating with NMC Bright, we are making a very concrete translation to the policy of sports organizations in practice.”

The courses are offered at three levels: Basic, Advanced and Expert and is accessible for everyone from all sports. Nick Veenbrink, initiator from NMC Bright, explains the difference:

“The Basic course is suitable for anyone who wants to develop his or her basic knowledge in the field of talent identification in sports. We help participants to improve the identification of talent within their own sport (association). Talent should be interpreted broadly; in essence, it is about offering all children more possibilities. The Basic course has a study load of 20 hours and takes place online.”

“In the Advanced course we go into more depth. The Advanced course is particularly suitable for professionals or people who already have a basic knowledge of talent identification in sports. By means of cases and assignments, participants will apply scientific insights in their own context. We will meet 4 times for 5 hours and will really work towards structural improvement for athletes between the ages of 6 and about 15 year.”

“With the Expert course, we envision that managerial professionals deepen their vision of talent identification and development by learning with and from other participants. We also pay special attention to what it requires of you to realize change in their sports organization. Participants analyze the policy of their organization through the course. New ideas are developed and applied with this analysis. To achieve this, national and international experts will also provide guest lectures.”

Sebastiaan Platvoet: “Our aim with the courses is to improve the processes surrounding sporting talent. We must make more use of the opportunities that exist. We hope to reach many people who work with young athletes through our courses to jointly improve the identification and thus the development of talent.”

Would you like to view the range of courses on offer or register permanently for a course? Check out our website (Dutch only) at www.talentherkenninginsport.nl. If you would like to be informed about the development of English courses, please fill out the contact form.