Play is an important part of a child’s development and is significant in the foundation phase.
In the video below Pete Sturgess introduces the role of play in the foundation phase and what it means to adopt a “playful approach” in coaching sessions.
DNA Foundation Phase Play
This topic includes research and insight on the role of play along with helpful advice on how you can apply it in the real world.
The Foundation Phase DNA is an all-encompassing model of development that demands that the coach pays as much attention to the how and why of coaching as to the what. This is very much in line with the teaching and learning methodology that the new revised FA Coaching Awards and Advanced Youth Award are based upon.
Having an approach that offers real clarity and consistency will help communicate the important elements that link the Foundation Phase DNA to the England DNA. The FA is providing a framework that can be made bespoke for any domain and any level, yet the essence of the programme will remain the same - a world class environment for development and learning.
The England DNA is a blueprint for progress and development and, as such, will provide a catalyst for the organisation’s future direction and success.
In offering advice, guidance and direction to coaches who are working in the Foundation Phase there is recognition that players of younger and younger ages are engaging with the game of football (and Futsal). This is very encouraging, but it is vital that this first introduction to sport is a positive and enjoyable one so that long-term engagement with sport and physical activity is promoted.
The Foundation Phase coach needs to become a specialist in this area in order to provide the best development experience for the young players who want to enjoy the game of football. This expertise needs to relate, amongst other things, to the following:
Child development.Knowing about ‘play’ and its importance to the development of future attitudes and dispositions.Teaching and learning.Football and young player development (i.e. what is motivating, appropriate and yet still challenging).Practice design.Reflection and self-awareness.
All of these topic areas will be looked at, so you have a unique opportunity to develop your coaching knowledge. One very important feature of child development is the fact that most, if not all, children in the Foundation Phase will be hard wired to explore and experiment because this is how they begin to make sense of the world around them. As such, ‘play’ forms a very important part of their development.