A lot of coaches now talk about their philosophy. What exactly is a philosophy? This goes back to Ancient Greek times and is broken down to:
Philo meaning ‘love’ and sophia meaning ‘wisdom’
We then need to ask ourselves, as coaches, is our own playing philosophy devoted to wisdom? Most philosophies now come from our own personal experience which can be limited and quite parochial. To extend our knowledge, our philosophies derive from reading great books. There are loads around and here are a few of my personal favourites:
– The Modern Soccer Coach 2014 by Gary Curneen
– The Way Forward and Universality by Matthew Whitehouse
– Legacy by James Kerr
– Making The Ball Roll by Ray Power
– Brilliant Orange by David Winner
– Wooden by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
– Pep Confidential by Marti Perarnau
In ancient times philosopher’s were found in market squares and street corners. They discussed their ideas with a host of people and dished out advice to many. Philosophy was just a normal part of everyday life. Indeed, many businesses employed their own philosopher. This has all changed as have the institutions but I believe this role is starting to re-emerge.
At your club, are you the philosopher? Have you helped to form or instigate that playing philosophy? Are you constantly learning? Are you constantly discussing and evolving your philosophy? Are you challenging the status quo?
To quote Aristotle, regarded as one of the greatest philosopher’s:
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”
What is your philosophy to grow your own?