Coaching with empathy, communicating with purpose

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 interviewing, the importance of two-way, empathetic communication between players and coach & more.

Don’t miss this excellent discussion with one of the most progressive thinkers in coach and player development.

About Stephen Rollnick:

Stephen Rollnick is Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University. He was a practicing psychologist in the UK National Health Service for 16 years, and then became a teacher and researcher on the subject of motivation and behaviour change. He is a co-founder of motivational interviewing and has written many books on this subject, including the most recent one for school teachers, along with over 100 peer reviewed academic papers. He has trained people in many countries and continents, has worked extensively on behalf of children with HIV in Africa, and is currently pursuing an interest in sports coaching. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, now lives in Cardiff, Wales, and restricts his sporting life to tennis and being heckled by four children.

Professor Stephen Rollnick

James Vaughan


The Player Development Project is changing the way players and parents think about football. We’re going to have a generation of young players who are psychologically prepared for high level football, and life.

The Player Development Project brings knowledge, expertise and the latest research to the global coaching community. This movement can only enhance coach education and improve outcomes on the training pitch, helping coaches develop better players.