Doctoral research at the University of Brussels (VUB) showed that an increase in Productivity of a club can be explained for 54% by the double pass Talent Development Framework (Pauwels, 2016). The other 46% are non-controllable factors on which a club does not have any impact on. The development of the Framework is based on two different strategic management philosophies as a reason for success; a market- and resource-based view and a holistic approach.
a) double pass Framework using a market- and resource-based view regarding the Productivity of a Football Club
Firstly, strategic management philosophies such as the resource-based view (1) or the market-based view (2) regarding organisational effectiveness are complementary appliedin the Framework. Quality standards regarding resources and processes which influence the Productivity are defined. Furthermore, different club revenue levels & competition market are taken into account when analysing a Youth Academy.
The club’s access to optimal resources (staff, facilities, etc.) and efficient processes (team development, individual development, HRM, etc.) to use these resources results in a sufficient organisational strategy and competitive advantage (green colour). Resources can be specified as physical, human or organisational assets of a football club. Whereas the organisation of resources in combination with implicit elements (e.g. specific knowledge, experience, etc.) are defined as processes. The resource-based philosophy focusses on the unique characteristics of resources that a football club has in the development of a sustainable competitive advantage.
The role of the Senior Management of a club in converting all these valuable resources and processes into an optimal configuration for competitive advantage cannot be underestimated.
b) double pass Framework using a holistic approach to talent development
A second philosophy refers to the double pass Framework using a holistic approach. A professional football club is situated in an open social system and permeable for influences of internal and external stakeholders (systems theory approach). This theory states that a change somewhere in the system will likely create changes elsewhere in the system. As a consequence, it is not possible to describe a talent development system without reference to the environment of the club.
Discussing just a part of a system is a reductionist strategy. The whole has features that will not appear identically from an analysis of several parts in isolation. The systems theory approach refers to the process of transforming resources into outputs.
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“It was a pleasure for me to get inspired and meet the experts of double pass. I have been working in talent development for many years and met a lot of experts. But the meetings with double pass are one of the most inspiring moments in my career. I am looking forward to cooperate and get even more inspired by dp in the future.“
Academy Director | FC Copenhagen
“The double pass project has optimised the quality of our academies and is a success story! It’s our youth academies that continuously provide talents that make the Bundesliga clubs and the National team so exciting, attractive and successful.“
COO & CEO | Bundesliga
“It’s so heartening to see the turnout today from all parents, coaches and kids. Double Pass Development League has provided a fantastic platform to both boys and girls to showcase and develop their skills. I am impressed with the way the tournament has been organised professionally by double pass. Its brilliant for the children!“
Head Coach | Bengaluru United F.C.
“It was a privilege for all of us to leave our comfort zone and day-by-day operations to share our thoughts and experiences, to define and formalise our way of working and to cross check it with the international expertise of the dp consultants. After each visit we received new assignments, which were followed up closely by dp experts. The dp approach is clearly the best way to define, implement and evaluate improvements to the club and academy operations.“
Administrative Director | Sport Club Internacional
“Double pass is a consolidated company in world football. At Inter, we look for the evolution of the work and believe that this consultancy can give us much support to advance in many aspects of the training. We always stand out for being the leading player in terms of athletes, titles and structure. With this partnership, we are seeking to further increase our work and evolve as a training club. Double pass’s history gives us certainty that we will have a great result with this partnership.“
Vice-President | Sport Club Internacional
“Delighted to welcome the experts from double pass in Tashkent. Interesting talk about Pakhtakor FC, Uzbekistan football and the importance of talent development. Our common goal is to bring Pakhtakor to the top, not only in Uzbekistan, but also in Asia. Double pass shows us how we should progress. We are glad to take the first steps with this company. Looking forward to working on it to improve the club!“
Head Coach | Pakhtakor Tashkent FK
"Our goal is to form Pakhtakor not only as a strong team in Uzbekistan, but also in Asia. Double pass assists us with the implementation of the Talent Development Framework to achieve this goal. We are glad that the company’s first steps in Central Asia began precisely with Pakhtakor."
Head Coach | Pakhtakor Tashkent FK
"The cooperation with double pass have brought us unprecedented growth. The double pass team is extremely professional and have a depth knowledge. During the whole assessment process, they set us at ease, and everybody could speak candidly."
Coach | Crossfire Premier
“Our partnership plays a key role in the further professionalisation of our clubs regarding their talent development system. The clear findings, benchmarks and recommendations that double pass proposes, are the basis for our strategic plan for the future.“
CEO | The Danish League
"The cooperation with double pass was an important breakthrough and step forward in our relationship with the clubs and their academies. Double pass is a catalyst in the Belgian Talent Development System and the project is an essential means to help the clubs to run their academies. It is a leverage for the implementation of our football development philosophy."
Technical Director Belgian Football Association & U17 National Team Coach