What is the Future of Academy Coaching? PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan discusses his experience from a trip to the…

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In this webinar discussion, PDP Technical Advisor Dan Wright joins PDP Editor, Dave Wright to discuss what constraints are and...
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Dave Wright

In the pursuit of producing “expert” sports men and women, there is a myth worth exploring.  It is common to…

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William A. Harper

Developing talent is a complex journey for both player and coach. Founder of TOVO Academy & regular PDP contributor, Todd…

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Todd Beane
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What are the different approaches when working with female players?     The question this week comes from Andy, via…

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Dave Wright

Moments in sport can have a huge impact on a young athlete’s life. Founder of Changing the Game Project, John…

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What age should players start playing 11 v 11?   The question this week comes from Danny, via the PDP…

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Dave Wright

Game-based learning has enormous benefits in terms of decision-making and skill acquisition. PE Teacher, blogger and regular PDP contributor, Sporticus…

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Sporticus
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When should I play a player up or down a level?     The question this week comes from Ryan,…

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Dan Wright
In this in depth discussion, PDP Editor Dave Wright speaks to Jeremy Sauer, Academy Manager at AFC Wimbledon. Jeremy is...
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Dave Wright

Despite all we know, size still matters in youth sport. Founder of TOVO Academy, Todd Beane discusses the challenge for…

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Todd Beane
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How do I develop individual learning plans for my players?   The question this week comes from Jody, via PDP…

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Dan Wright

Do you understand the context of your coaching environment? PDP contributor and associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Ben Franks discusses the issues around…

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Ben Franks
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How can I deal with difficult parents on the sidelines?   The question this week comes from Sean: “Many of…

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What is coaching?   The question this week comes from Dan Wright, who was asked: “What is coaching?” Additional video…

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Dan Wright

What impact are adult expectations having on participation and development in youth sport? Stockholm based coach developer, Mark O’Sullivan asks,…

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Richard Feynman (1918-1988), the celebrated theoretical physicist, once wrote about an experience he had while visiting Hawaii.  It was suggested…

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William A. Harper

Are we measuring the stuff that really matters or focussing too much on hard data that neglects the human element…

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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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In the second part of this ethnographic insight on El Clasico, the biggest match in Spanish football, PDP Lead Researcher continues…

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James Vaughan
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What does it take to be a champion? Founder of Changing the Game Project, John O’Sullivan shares his article on…

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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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Edu Rubio is a young professional UEFA PRO License coach currently heading MK Dons FC coaching programme and managing their…

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Wesley Sneijder has gone from playing street football in the Netherlands to becoming a Champion’s League-winning superstar. We caught up with…

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What role might emotional intelligence play in coaching? In this two-part blog, we follow the personal journey of Sam Grace,…

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Sam Grace
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One of the remarkable features of youth sport participation is its voluntary nature; another is how many youngsters actually participate—about…

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William A. Harper

Coming from a position of influence in young players’ lives, we continually aim to create ‘perfect’ environments for development. Mark Upton from…

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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

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Ruben Jongkind worked alongside Johan Cruyff implementing ‘Plan Cruyff’ - an overhaul of the Ajax player development system. He is...
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