True competition in sport and society

True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society offers a blueprint for maximising the potential of competition to foster both excellence and enjoyment.

Readers of this book will learn the differences between positive and negative competition and discover how to implement change in their organisations, teams and individual practices.

Unlike the more typical, often socially destructive form of competition, true competition brings out excellence in participants, fosters positive character development and leads to lasting enjoyment.

This socially and psychologically positive perspective on competition challenges Alfie Kohn’s No Contest: The Case Against Competition, which has been called the definitive critique of competition.


“Brilliant! True Competition has once and for all destroyed the popular notion that nice guys (or girls) finish last. In this insightful and practical book, the authors demonstrate how ethics propel excellence. It belongs on every coach’s bookshelf. More importantly, it belongs in their hearts and minds.”

Vivian Stringer
Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Coach


Price: £17.00 | €22.10

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