3.1

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 secondsSPEAKER: Hello and welcome to week 3. Up to this point, we have focused on understanding coach's role in developing creativity and how we might structure practises to promote creative play. This final week focuses on creative environments. Creativity is a byproduct of a creative environment. It is up to us as coaches to create an environment where players can try things out, are free to make mistakes, and understand that making mistakes are part of the learning process. An exciting and challenging environment is important if we want exciting players who challenge themselves. This week, we will highlight the importance of play in allowing young players to have the opportunity to be children and have fun.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsWe will consider the importance of praise and how positive language can ignite player's passion and creativity. Using try to when setting challenges can take away any element of fear, while knowing when to observe and praise the good things that players do will kindle that passion to be creative.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsSPEAKER OFF CAMERA: Ah, beautiful.

Final week

Creativity is a by-product of a creative environment. It is up to us as coaches to create an environment where players can try things out, are free to make mistakes and understand that making mistakes is a part of the learning process. An exciting and challenging environment is important if we want exciting players who challenge themselves.

This week we will highlight the importance of play in allowing the young players to have the opportunity to be children and have fun. We will consider the importance of praise and how positive language can ignite players’ passion and creativity. Using ‘try to’ when setting challenges can take away any element of fear, while knowing when to observe and praise the good things that players do will kindle their passion to be creative.

In the video in the next step, you will see young players’ views on mistakes and what they think a coach’s role should be when managing mistakes.

You will also see part of an interview with Tony Carr, the ex Academy Director at West Ham who oversaw the development of a number of England players, including Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson.

Tony talks about how he managed mistakes with young players, which is then followed by a clip of Aidy Boothroyd, the FA’s interim U21 manager, managing a mistake in practice.

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Youth Football Coaching: Developing Creative Players

University of Birmingham