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Masterclass Discussions

How can you make your environment as positive as possible? In this Masterclass Discussion, Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman joins PDP Editor, Dave Wright for an in-depth discussion on positive psychology in coaching. Lara is one of Player Development Project’s...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve via Twitter. “We are planning for next season and wondering whether coaches should stay with their team through the age groups, or is there a benefit in a new coach each season?” Additional...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve, via Facebook. “How can I be more effective with my communication?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Blog: Praise vs. Affirmation...

The Blog

In this article, coach, blogger and former Australian International Footballer, Joey Peters shares an article on the challenge for coaches to move from a control and command position to trust, optimising the youth development environment and allowing freedom for young athletes...

The Blog

What is leadership? Mark Upton, Co-creator of myfastestmile and world class coach developer discusses leadership in sport, some of the traditional perspectives of what leadership is and the importance of empathy and collaboration. “They are after strong leadership…someone to come...

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...

The Magazine

What value does belonging have in youth development? PDP Contributor & Founder of Raising Excellence, Reed Maltbie shares a personal story that outlines the critical importance of the environments we create and the tribes we belong to. I sat in...

The Magazine

How do you communicate with your players? In this article PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright shares some fascinating reflections and advice for coaches on how to effectively question and communicate with players to make sure they genuinely think about solutions...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Carlos, via the PDP Facebook Page: “What’s the best way to work with an Assistant Coach?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In...

The Blog

Recently, Mark O’Sullivan and James Vaughan attended the ICCE (International council for coaching excellence) conference in Liverpool to talk about the approaches of AIK Football Club and Player Development Project. Before the conference kicked off on Monday they spent the weekend...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Sean: “Many of the parents in my team are exceptionally vocal, often coaching the players from the sideline and contradicting the ideas that I am working with in my group.  Do you have any...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Michelle: “Sometimes I feel like I use Q&A too much in my communication style. Can you talk through the different types of intervention strategies and the benefits of them.”   Additional video & reading...

Masterclass Discussions

Are you conscious of the language you use with your players? Do you understand the difference between praise and affirmation?Professor Stephen Rollnick is a world renowned motivational interviewer and psychologist. In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan hosts Professor Rollnick to discuss his pioneering research in motivational interviewin...

The Blog

Stephen Rollnick is a pioneer in motivational interviewing and in recent years has been applying his knowledge to sport. In this article, Stephen offers a psychology perspective on the key differences between praise and affirmation with young athletes.   “When...

Masterclass Discussions

Edu Rubio is a UEFA Pro Licensed coach who works at MK Dons as the Head of Coach Development & U18 Manager. Edu joins the PDP team for an interactive discussion which covers a range of topics to help developing coaches. We question Edu on his personal journey, what coach behaviours he looks for in his staff, implementing a playing style, flexible formations and the importance of authenticity an...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Barry: “I want to be a better leader and control my sessions. I work with an U12 team who I am struggling to get to focus and I want to improve my control over...

Masterclass Discussions

Edu Rubio is a young professional UEFA PRO License coach currently heading MK Dons FC coaching programme and managing their 2nd team (Youth Team). He has previously worked for Chelsea FC, Nike Academy and The FA among others.Edu also has a degree in Sports Science and studies in Sports Psychology. His mantra is work with passion, stay committed and be consistent with both; and he ...