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The C System: Let the Creative Sparks Fly

In Part 1, we paid homage to the ‘C’ system as a highly effective framework that coaches can use to encourage the development of the whole child, and focused on the elements of connection, confidence, and competence. In this follow-up with leading coach educator Richard Cheetham, UK Coaching’s Blake Richardson explores the importance of creativity and curiosity, and allowing children freedom of expression

Coaches are sitting on a gold mine of untapped potential.

Too many still feel the only way to establish improved performance among their young charges is to drill them on tactics and technique through a clever array of exercises gleaned from textbooks, shared on website forums or pinched from their own playing days.

They may have tried and trusted training workouts, used religiously season after season, that they believe deliver the intended result. Which they may well do. But they are missing a trick – and missing the point.

Refusal to deviate from the same methodical, unchanging routines can make for boring sessions – which is bad enough. But it also serves as an impediment to unlocking inner creativity – and that unwitting inattention to detail means coaches are letting their players down.

Richard Cheetham has some nuggets of advice on tapping into the innate curiosity of children that can help coaches strike gold by accelerating their players’ progress much faster than strict adherence to repetitive practice.

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