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Talent Development

Uncovering the pathways which help players develop and continue to thrive in sport.

The Blog

Problem-solving is crucial in player development. In this article, Founder of Changing the Game Project, John O’Sullivan shares an excellent article on the importance of guiding children towards solutions and creating autonomy in learning environments. Imagine you went to your...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Mark, via Facebook. “When are players ready for a set playing position?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Blog: He doesn’t...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor, Dave Wright is joined by highly experienced Academy Coach, Arthur Brammer for a wide ranging conversation on player development. Arthur is a holder of the FA Advanced Youth Award and the UEFA A license....

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Adam, via email. “Should girls play in boys teams?” *Please note: We had some minor technical issues with the connection on Tony’s side, we apologise for the slight delay. Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals:...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, we’re joined by experienced Academy Coach & Co-founder of My Football Development, Gabriel Flores for a fascinating conversation on developing youth football players. PDP Editor, Dave Wright hosts Gabriel for an in depth conversation on skill...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Paul via email; “What are the benefits of my players being exposed to mixed experiences against players at a better level or older ages?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Appleton AFC via Twitter; “What are your thoughts on equal playing time for players between U7 – U17?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your...

Masterclass Discussions

Ken Lynch is a High Performance Athlete Development Consultant at High Performance Sport New Zealand and works with sports people across a range of codes. Originally from Ireland, Ken is an expert in high performance athlete pathways, athlete talent identification...

The Blog

How can coaches develop healthier team dynamics? Rugby coach and blogger David Sharkey shares an insightful article on the value of understanding your why and the benefit of being vulnerable as a coach and leader.   A man who knows...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Ryan, via Twitter; “What advice for you have for half-time team talks with foundation phase aged players?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Gordon, via email; “I’ve just started coaching teenagers for the first time, do you have any advice?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

The Blog

Athletes can tie their entire identity to their sporting exploits. PDP contributor & mental performance expert, John Haime shares insight into the challenge for athletes coming to the end of their career, illustrating the importance of developing the person. The...

The Blog

Awareness, decision-making, perception and execution are all part of skill acquisition. PDP contributor & Founder of TOVO Institute, Todd Beane shares an article on coaching methodology to enhance players cognitive fitness. Are your players cognitively fit? If you are like...

The Blog

How can parents and coaches help young players overcome a perfectionist mindset? Chief Content Officer at Changing the Game Project, Reed Maltbie shares a fantastic article around some of the modern challenges parents and coaches face with perfectionism on the...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor Dave Wright hosts Wellington Phoenix FC Academy Director, Paul Temple. Paul holds a UEFA A license and is alongside his role as Academy Director at Wellington Phoenix, (New Zealand’s only A-League club) and is...

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor and UEFA A licensed coach, Dave Wright shares a presentation on how coaches can develop individuals within the group.Dave has previously presented this content at a State Coaching Conference in Melbourne and cites examples from his time at Fulham FC, shares practical examples and taps into various PDP experts....

Q&A Videos

Enjoy this discussion with Dave Wright and Dan Wright which focusses on the highlights of all PDP content published in July, 2018.  Dave and Dan select snippets from some of the best video discussions, session plans, articles and research reviews....

The Blog

Pressure is part of sport. So how can coaches help players embrace or reduce this significant psychological factor to enhance creativity and freedom when performing? Psychologist and Lecturer at Staffordshire University, Dr. Martin J. Turner shares examples and research in...