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So we hope you've enjoyed the last three weeks. We have certainly enjoyed working with you.
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ANNOUNCER: Watch the [INAUDIBLE], there it is.
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SPEAKER: Ah, beautiful.
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SPEAKER: So we hope you’ve enjoyed the last three weeks. We’ve taken you on a journey through learning on how to become a creative coach. We focused on understanding the concept of creativity, the coach’s role in developing creativity, and the importance of the environment that encourages creative play. In week 1, we defined creativity and examined the role of the coach. In week 2, we looked to practise design. In week 3, we considered the creative environment. So now we get to the so what question. You’ve learned with many different coaches from around the world. But actually unless you take this further, it’s not really going to have the effect it could have.
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The important message is that effective professional development is continuous, it’s sustained. You keep looking at your practise. You look for new opportunities to help your players. So if this MOOC has been a success for you, please use it as a stimulus to engage with further opportunities in developing your coaching.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the last three weeks. We have certainly enjoyed working with you.
Our aim for the course was to get coaches talking about creative coaching, practice design and the creative environment, and in this regard we wanted to begin to connect like-minded coaches. We certainly hope you’ve been inspired to look at your coaching with fresh eyes.
In Week 1, we started off discussing what coaches mean when they talk about creativity in football. We then considered the role of the coach in meeting the needs of their players, followed by Vicky Goodyear discussing a player-centred approach to coaching.
In Week 2, we started to explore practice design and we listened to Nico Romeijn discussing creativity in the context of his experiences in Dutch and US football. We then watched 2 FA National Coaches adopt different approaches to practice design and delivery. Finally, we considered Futsal as a platform from which to promote creative play
In Week 3, we’ve explored the idea of creative environments. Expert coaches discussed the opportunities and challenges in designing for creativity, and then Dr Carla Luguetti talked about the importance of empowering players in giving them the freedom to express themselves. Pete Sturgess and Nico Romeijn talked about the importance of play in developing innovative, creative and exceptional decision makers in football.
So now we get to the ‘so what’ question. So you’ve spent three weeks with us. You’ve learned with people from around the world. But actually, unless you take this further, it’s not really going to have the effect it could have.
As we noted in an earlier session, effective CPD is continuous. It’s sustained. You keep looking at your practice. You look for new opportunities to help your players. You look with fresh eyes again and again. So if this MOOC has been a success for you, please use it as a stimulus to go and do some further study.
We hope you can use many of these skills and knowledge and content that you’ve developed throughout this course to continue to grow and improve your practice of course for the benefit of your players. So we hope that this course has impacted on your practice.
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