In this module Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman is hosted by PDP Co-Founder, Dave Wright to discuss how we can develop leadership characteristics with developing players.

How Coaching for Character Works

  1. Watch the video of Lara & Dave discussing the character trait
  2. Make some notes as to how this applies to your team or key points you want to remember
  3. View the two session plan videos presented by Dave with practices for you to implement with your players on the grass
  4. Download the PDF session plan of the practice, read through the rules, possible constraints and considerations and adapt the practice for your players

Coaching for Character is about the players working on character building, developing character strengths and using the game of football to deliver this personal growth. This is not the time for a tactical masterclass from the coach, but a time for the players to work together, face challenges and get success. From a coaching perspective, use your observation and listening skills, ask questions and allow the sessions to flow.

Introduction Video: Leadership & Perspective


Key Points

  • Encourage collaboration
  • Embrace mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Promote player led conversations and peer to peer feedback
  • For leadership to flourish, coaches need to be autonomy supportive

Video Session Plan 1


  • Communication
  • Patience in and out of possession
  • Problem solving under pressure
  • Passing and receiving skills
  • First touch
  • Quick decisions
  • Clinical finishing

Click here to download Session Plan 1 PDF

Video Session Plan 2


  • Team work and leadership in possession
  • Captains or leadership group having autonomy of the game plan and shape
  • Patience in possession & support for team mates
  • Fast finishing
  • Desire to get back on the ball
  • Creativity and risk taking
  • Collaboration in build up

Click here to download Session Plan 2 PDF

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