An eye for talent: The recruiters' role in the Australian Football talent pathway

Larkin, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-0493-4148, Marchant, Daryl, Syder, Amy and Farrow, Damian ORCID: 0000-0002-5020-7910 (2020) An eye for talent: The recruiters' role in the Australian Football talent pathway. PLoS ONE, 15. ISSN 1932-6203


Talent identification and recruitment (TIR) in elite sport is a complex process with performance and career longevity implications for athletes, sports organisations, and scouts (hereafter referred to as recruiters). Although there is an established body of published research on TIR the critical roles that recruiters perform has only recently gained attention from researchers. In this study, we report on the practices that 12 full time Australian Football recruiters use to inform their TIR decisions. Inductive qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted using open-ended questions. Thematic analysis resulted in the identification of four primary themes (the recruiter, processes and practices, assessment and selection). The results and discussion provide insights and an occupational 'road map' into the important role recruiters perform in sporting organisations.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0241307
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4207 Sports science and exercise
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords AFL, Australian football, recruitment, sports, talent identification and recruitment, TIR, recruiters
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