Every session we have to answer tough questions...
- How can we help each member of our team learn, progress, and thrive?
- How can we create the ideal environment for each player?
- How can we help our players LOVE their sport?
- How can we be confident that we are doing a good job?
These are all the key questions we, as coaches, need to face. And these are the topics we discuss EVERY DAY in our community.
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- Michael Beale, Foundation Phase Head of Coaching, Liverpool FC
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The latest research suggests that the world’s best coaches are on a constant journey to increase their knowledge, searching for great ideas and ANYTHING that can help them improve.
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#2 They know themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and they are open to change.
Under pressure, coaches can revert back to their default settings (their values and habits). So, by defining your values, you can actively decide what kind of example you want to provide for your athletes.
What is a great way to understand and define your values and habits? Search out new ideas, be open to change, challenge tradition and consistently engage in self-reflection.
#3 They know their players.
A 2015 study which asked 14 world-class coaches from many different disciplines (all described as ‘serial winners’), ‘what would have improved their coaching the most’ - a consistent theme appeared. They all said they wished they knew their athletes better.
This means taking the time to get to know your athletes as individuals, understanding every players’ context and developing a positive environment for those individuals to flourish. There is no way to rush this.
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PDP Membership is not for every coach.
If you are a coach who believes that you no longer need to continue learning, PDP Membership is not for you.
However, if you are always looking to improve your understanding of the game, and improve the environment you create for your players, then PDP Membership is for you.
Whether it’s your first season or your 30th season, you will be joining a community of like-minded coaches who are focussed on continually learning from the latest research, from exploring big ideas, and from value driven experts who are innovating in player development.
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What current members say
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