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The importance of play

Play: “.. allows children to cope with not knowing something long enough in order to know – they can rehearse, practice, revise, replay and re-learn” Moyles (2005) If we are …

What now?

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 …

Empowering young players

In developing creative players, there is a need to empower young players. By empowerment, we mean to give them the skills and knowledge to succeed, to feel valued and develop …

Creating the creative environment

The environment in which coaches and players operate is a precious resource for promoting creativity. Working in spaces which encourage innovation, inspiration, and imagination are the drivers for engaging (or …

Futsal

As you will have seen, using a games-based approach is one of the cornerstones of the FA’s coaching fundamentals. When working with young players, it’s vitally important to allow them …

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 …

Practice Design

In the following video, you will see Nico Romeijn discussing creativity. Nico is currently Director of Coaching Education for U.S. Soccer, but we see Nico here being interviewed in his …

Seeing players as learners

In the previous videos this week, a key message has been that coaches need to adopt a player-focused approach – that is, to see learning through the eyes of their …

The Role of the Coach

All players have complex, diverse and individual needs. Effective coaches are able to analyse these learning needs and plan for effective learning journeys for each player.

What is creativity in Football?

In these clips, coaches discussed creativity in terms of: originality and individuality being imaginative, generating new ideas, thinking out of the box, looking beyond the obvious, seeing the game in …

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 …

Reflection of week 3

Reflection is a central component of understanding what we have learnt, the significance of our learning for our practice and identifying the next steps. Now we have reached the end …

Safeguarding in youth football

The FA seeks to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football. This means, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, …