The question I always ask myself after I have completed a coaching session with any age group. Was that good enough and was that challenging for them and how can I improve on this for the week after? As coaches, are we putting enough creativity into sessions for younger children? Creativity should be developed from a young age this gives the participant the right mind set throughout there sporting journey. Through this blog post I am going to put my own opinion on when creativity should be introduced.
Creativity can be defined as “The ability to produce work that is both novel (i.e. original, unexpected) and appropriate (i.e. useful)” (Sternberg, 1988).
Prior to the coaches turn up to the session they have to do planning for that session (Any good coach does) they have to try entail all the qualities and characteristics out of there group to try and make the coaching session creative. During the session it is massively important that everyone is fully interacting with their coach and doing what they are asked to do otherwise there is no point in being there. To develop a child’s creativity, cooperation with others, teamwork and initiative all at the same time, the best way to go about planning the session is to keep it simple and let the participants think for themselves (Creativity in coaching children, 2012).
When should creativity be introduced? This could be a matter you can argue for a long time. Creativity should be introduced at the end of primary school. My reasoning for this is very simple. I think we are putting to much pressure on children at a young age and are over complicating things for them, when all they want to do is kick a ball around or hit the tennis ball. Obviously there has to be some structure to the session and level of development for the participant but coaches are treating children in primary schools and grass root teams as young adults! we are forgetting that they are only young. Below is a quote of Glenn Hoddle.
I think this quote should be taken into consideration by the FA. Should change our coaching methods at the younger ages. Could this be why we are not producing the next best player?
Continuing on with this matter. In my opinion we should start being creative in our sessions within the latter stages of primary schools, they should then indicate the better players with the attributes such as physical and mental attributes to the selected high schools. Could primary schools do a generic sporting report on each player for the high schools? Following on from this are high schools getting enough professional coaches to come in and put coaching sessions on for young adults? I think if this was to happen on a monthly basis we as a nation would see the benefits whether that be producing a professional player. Professional coaches could breed confidence and provide a different perspective on the sport they are coaching. This could make players want to try different sports and not be one sport minded. But all these coaches are all in academies and in professional environment. Time for a change?
Sternberg, R. (1998) Handbook of creativity. Edited by Robert J. Sternberg. 1st edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Creativity in coaching children (2012) Available at:http://www.sportscoachuk.org/blog/creativity-coaching-children (Accessed: 18th February 2016 ).