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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author McIlroy, Mark
URN etd-05152011-141956
Document Title Creating a sustainable, competitive advantage within a ‘winning’ football academy model in South Africa
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Mr M Goldman Supervisor
  • academy
  • sustainable competitive advantage
  • football
  • development
Date 2010-11-10
Availability unrestricted

African football academies are a seriously neglected field of research but are a highly important step in the evolution of football (Scherrens, 2007). The study is motivated by the lack of research on football academy structures in particular South Africa. The primary focus of the research is on football development in South Africa, whilst it also reviews substantial literature concerning the phenomenon of elite sport development in order to explain the dynamics surrounding the football academy structure. The study identifies the relevant key components within the current football models and proposes a ‘winning’ model for South Africa.

The study unpacks two theoretical frameworks, in understanding the impact of competitive advantage within a football academy. Through gaining insight into the strategic models employed within the various researched academy systems, this study outlines the important resources, competencies and capabilities within a football academy.

The analysis revealed certain trends and provided the basis for the answering of the research questions. Hence the broad scope which is critical to understanding the football development phenomenon.The research aims to empower administrators and management of football clubs in South Africa with the strategic knowledge to provide a sustainable and competitive academy through player development, which can aid our national teams.

The dynamic processes involved in football development enabled a winning model for a football academy in South Africa which could provide a competitive, sustainable advantage for a football academy.

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McIlroy, M 2010, Creating a sustainable, competitive advantage within a ‘winning’ football academy model in South Africa, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-05152011-141956/>


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