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12 Quick Ways Coaches Can Develop Creative Thinking

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Blog by sports coach UK’s Coach Education Advisor Andy Grant

In many sports the ability of the performer to think creatively is often a sought after skill. Whether it is Andy Murray’s unexpected drop shot, the bamboozling dribbling of Messi, the breathtaking routine of Beth Tweddle or ripping up the text book to come up with a new technique such as the Fosbury Flop, creative thinkers are valued in sport.

But creative thinking doesn’t start and end the moment the performer enters their sport environment. Coaches should look to develop creative thinking in as many ways as they can and this includes outside of just playing sport.    

Here are 12 suggestions that coaches can use to develop creative thinking.

Young sport participants can:

  1. research to put together a Team Quiz for any trips to away matches,
  2. compile a music mix to be played pre-competition in the changing rooms
  3. collate a collage of team/squad photos to be pinned up in the clubhouse
  4. photograph the squad/team and send it out on Twitter, Facebook or upload on to club website
  5. take part in a group discussion to come up with a team slogan
  6. write the match or competition report
  7. rehearse a team celebration (to be used in practice matches)
  8. design and produce a team/squad/club newsletter
  9. write and give a motivational speech in the changing rooms
  10. read and review a biography of a sportsman or woman that they admire
  11. choreograph a dance routine at the Club Christmas Party
  12. a warm-up or cool-down for sessions

Any creative thinking coaches out there – please tweet @andygrantfc to share the other ways that you have used.

Coaches that are interested in finding out more on developing creativity in and out of sport should attend the sports coach UK workshop Coaching Children (5-12)

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