In this module PDP Co-Founder, Dave Wright hosts Positive Psychology expert Lara Mossman for a conversation on resilience, how we develop it and the value of young players learning how to self-regulate and manage stress and anxiety in sport.

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: Resilience & Self-Regulation

Key Points

  • What is grit and is it a legitimate concept?
  • The value of stretching players
  • Emotional control
  • Loss of self-regulation and dealing with adversity
  • The role of mindfulness and self-awareness

Video Session Plan 1


  • Coping under pressure
  • Bravery and retention on the ball
  • Determination 1v1
  • Composure through failure
  • Confidence to play forward
  • Dribbling and running with the ball
  • Support and movement off the ball

Click here to download Session Plan 1 PDF

Video Session Plan 2


  • Switching play
  • Width and dispersal
  • Coping with underloads
  • Composure in possession
  • Passing and receiving skills
  • Transition
  • Finishing

Click here to download Session Plan 2 PDF

Additional Resources

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