a lovely article by Mark on the essence of learning in children’s sports
The more I get into coach education and the deeper discussions become with regard to coaching ideas, philosophy etc I have started to form the opinion that It is less about how I coach but more about how they learn. Could my ability as a coach be defined by my understanding of how each individual player learns?
If we value learning, we respect that it is not a race. Then the potential for a transformation away from the conventional football education paradigm is extraordinary. Yet with how many coaches does this register? There are many well-meaning attempts to promote excellence among our young players but it more than often happens in the parallel universe of a result orientated environment. Is it any wonder that the development of an individual can get lost in the traditional conveyor belt of talent identification? Especially when…
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