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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds MARK GRIFFITHS: Hello, and welcome to this course in Developing Creative Players in Youth Football. My name is Mark Griffiths, and I will be your course tutor.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 seconds VICKY GOODYEAR: Hello. My name is Vicky Goodyear, and I’m a tutor on the course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds NICK BAKER: Hi. I’m Nick Baker, and I’m a tutor on the course.

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 seconds MARK GRIFFITHS: The three of us along with a host of expert youth coaches will take you through the content each week. The central aim of the course is to work with you in developing a better understanding of creativity in terms of developing both creative players and creative coaches. But we want to stress that coaching is not a “one size fits all” activity. The practises that work in one club won’t necessarily work in another. Coaching is always specific to the situation in front of the coach. So in delivering ideas, practises, and activities in this course, we want you to be mindful in thinking how they might work or not work in your situation and in your club.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 seconds To do this, we will help you consider the development needs of your players, your role in coaching creative behaviour, and discuss how different practises may encourage creativity within the context of your club. So week one, we’ll focus on what is meant by creativity in football and the role of the coach in promoting creativity. Week two, we’ll focus on designing practises for creativity. And week three, we’ll focus on the creative environment. The course is designed to be interactive and collaborative. And you will learn with other coaches in the course alongside ourselves. Each week, we’ll have a common format of three content videos with associated interactive tasks. Now many of you probably never used a [?

Skip to 1 minute and 38 seconds Moot ?] platform before or even learned online. So we want you to familiarise yourself with a platform. And to help you, there are some associated tasks for you to engage with. And we look forward to seeing you the next video were we’ll introduce the week’s theme of coach’s role in developing creativity.

Introduction to the course

The team introduce themselves and briefly explain what you will be learning about over the next three weeks.

Course lead:
Dr Mark Griffiths

Course educators:
Nick Baker

Course educators:
Dr Vicky Goodyear

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Youth Football Coaching: Developing Creative Players

University of Birmingham