farm system

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A system of recruitment and nurturing of young sportsmen and -women in which a smaller club might be supported by a larger club to bring on the talent of the player or athlete prior to a move up to the bigger stage of competition. It is an inhumane term, with overtones of factory-farming and ruthless production, but it is conceived as a relatively sensitive way of finding and grooming sporting talent.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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