Youth Football Coaching: Developing Creative Players

This course will be the first of its kind in focusing on youth football coaches. Delivered through a collaborative partnership between the University of Birmingham and The Football Association (FA) it will help you become a confident developer of creative players and teams.

This course will help you understand your role as coach, the players you work with and the environment they operate in. It will develop your knowledge and skills giving you the ability to self-select or create the most appropriate pedagogies for young players’ needs.

How to apply

The next start date for this free online course is currently to be confirmed. You can register your interest now at the FutureLearn website.

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course - these are free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of Higher Education to learners from across the UK and the world. The University of Birmingham is delivering new MOOCs in partnership with FutureLearn, the UK’s first MOOCs provider established by the Open University.

Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, the courses enable learners worldwide to sample high-quality academic content via an interactive web-based platform from a leading global University, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners.

The courses have been developed by senior academic staff and their content is quality-assured in line with our other programmes. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University of Birmingham.

Course knowledge requirements

This course has been specially created for national and international youth football coaches.

Course content

This is the first online course about youth sport. It aligns with the growing focus on sport coaches as significant community assets and is delivered by an expert national governing body and course team in the field. The course will bridge unique gaps in policy, practice and research to design useful learning experience for youth coaches. You’ll learn in new interesting and interactive ways and explore how digital tools can help ongoing professional development.

The course will allow you to examine and evaluate the different types of practice that promote creativity in football. You’ll learn the value of creative players and learn how to apply creative-development practices to your coaching.


Dr Victoria Goodyear

Dr Victoria Goodyear is a pedagogical researcher in physical education and sport pedagogy. She has interests in curriculum innovation and longer-term pedagogical change, teacher professional development and the pedagogical and professional learning uses of digital technologies and social media. Victoria has won national and international awards for her research and her latest book with Routledge focusses on ‘Digital Technologies and Learning in Physical Education: Pedagogical Cases’. 

Dr Mark Griffiths

Dr Mark Griffiths is a former physical education teacher who now seeks to enhance and strengthen the practices of teachers and coaches through collaborative research projects in sport pedagogy. He has worked with the FA, UK athletics, Sports Coach UK and the Society of Educational Studies to design and deliver impactful CPD programs. Mark has been invited to speak at international audiences on community approaches to sport and plays a key role in supporting the development of new learning communities in practitioner-focussed fields. 

How to apply

The next start date for this free online course is currently to be confirmed. You can register your interest now at the FutureLearn website.