Creative Coaching Academy: Testimonials
“My name is Neville Southall and I am a former professional footballer for Everton and Wales. During this time I won two League Championships, two FA Cups, one European Cup Winners Cup and was awarded a MBE in 1995 for services to football.I first met Darren five years ago and was immediately impressed by his enthusiasm and dedication to improving the coaching and technical skills of players and coaches alike. I subsequently worked with Darren on the CCA Level 1 Award, during which he showed great technical knowledge an also created a fantastic learning environment.I think Darren was and still is a revolutionary coach being innovative, professional and dedicated to his craft. Darren’s ability would scare most people at Premier League clubs because of his highly advanced technical knowledge so is seen as a threat at times but really should be embraced by all Premier League clubs”.
Neville Southall – Ex professional Keeper
“On completion of my CCA level 2 I had to reflect on my coaching, previous to the course, and ask myself why I had coached the way I did. My conclusion was that previous coaching courses had told me to coach that way and my personal experience of ‘old fashioned’ coaches had rubbed off on me. After the course I was coaching in a specific while adopting a unique philosophy not because I had been told too but because I thoroughly understood the rational behind the CCA level 2 course content. Darren delivered a course full of valuable information, with high quality examples and provided both scientific and historical rationales. The course was delivered in both practical and classroom based environments to such a high a quality that it made veteran university lecturers look amateur. The course is a must for any football coach out there regardless of age, and further more, I believe the course is suitable for any sports coach out there and anyone who is trying to develop children in a sporting or non-sporting context. From how to create the optimal learning environment to nurturing creativity in children and the positives of allowing children autonomy the course covers it all.”
Ben Holman – Sports Development and Coaching Graduate, Northumbria University
“Our students here at the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth have really benefited from the CCA Level 1 over the past few years. The course is excellently delivered, with an engaging and knowledgeable tutor, who utilizes a range of creative teaching resources and methods in order to connect with our young learners. Our students coach in a variety of environments, from traditional grassroots football clubs, to local authority run community schemes, to professional football club development centres. All have found this course to be of great use in helping them to promote creativity in both session design, and in the ability/enjoyment of their players.”
Ryan Thomas – Program Leader for Football Coaching & Development
“As a self employed sports coach / sports development officer i found the course fascinating, it taught me more about people and how we learn, than any other course i have attended. The tutors delivered the course to a very high standard, and i feel everyone involved was engaged throughout the weekend. An excellent balance between practical and theory, and how the two are inter linked.
I would definitely recommended this course to any sports coach, and not just football related. There is more than enough content to challenge the thinking of professionals from all backgrounds.”
Andy Boland – Community Sports Worker
“The CCA Level 2 Coaching Award by the Creative Coaching Academy is fantastic. The course really managed to engage with the audience, impart knowledge and make you think outside the box – very inspiring and compelling. The course is enjoyable with a good mix of practical and theoretical work, trying to pose as many questions for personal thought as answers. The coaching method is absolutely fantastic and having implemented them in my work with StreetWise Soccer over the last few years, can testify that they do work, especially with young players who are looking for someone to inspire them as players and individuals. StreetWise Soccer looks forward to moving through the assessment process so that we can continue CCA’s excellent work by tutoring our own Level 1 & 2 Street Soccer Coaching Courses in the future.”
Kevin Tasker, Director – Street Wise Soccer
“I have been fortunate enough to work alongside the ISSA as a coach. The CCA Level 2 has been one of the biggest contributors to my own personal development and coaching philosophy. The course was an excellent 2 days, the theories with the practical application was brilliant and provided me with continual moments of thought provoking situations really bringing street soccer into science and the arts. The CCA has had a huge asset to my develop as a coach, and is really bringing a huge benefit to Street Soccer, it’s impact it has to player development and movement. Can’t wait for the Level 3.”
Kieran Abbot – Sports Science Degree Student, Bournemouth University
“The CCA has delivered a Street Soccer course as part of our PGCE programme for a number of years and the prospective PE teachers we train have always evaluated the course extremely highly. The tutors engaging style of presentation is central to this, but as this course is delivered towards the end of our programme the students are well informed about, and have experience of many of the critical issues associated with effective teaching and learning, and are therefore quite discerning about the content of the course. Without fail, the course always provides them with a range of innovative ideas that they instantly recognize as having relevance to teaching Physical Education within a secondary school context. Standards and expectations on our course are high and Darren never fails to meet these and I have no hesitation in endorsing his work.”
Nick Bromell – University Teacher of Physical Education, Loughborough University