One of the most exciting and difficult sports in athletics is the long jump. The sport derives from the Ancient Olympic Games, as being the only jumping event of the Ancient Olympic’s pentathlon. As a sport the long jump (also called as broad jump) is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take-off point. Along with the triple jump, the other event that also measure jumping for distance, as a group, are referred to as the "horizontal jumps".

Relentlessly ambitious and commercialized professional clubs recruit thousands of boys into intensive, four‑times‑a‑week training from the age of eight. Their development is of great importance for the clubs as well as their stakeholders. But why is this happening? Is it economically viable to invest in the training of young home-grown athletes, while time is pressing for good results?