Exploring sport coaching and psychology
Exploring sport coaching and psychology

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

6 Play the ‘Medal Quest’ online game

Here you can play Medal Quest, an online game developed by The Open University. It presents ten mentoring dilemmas between ages 10 and 20 relating to guiding either a gymnast (Kade), a swimmer (Ivy), a footballer (Zoe) or a Paralympic runner (Andrew).

Open the game by clicking on the thumbnail below or clicking on ‘View’. Open it in a new browser or window.

Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

You have already explored specialisation and enjoyment, so you should feel comfortable with the first few questions. The game then moves onto other areas which you will need to use your own judgement for. These areas will be covered in later sessions.

You will see the impact of each decision in the measures of ‘Early success’ (i.e. U17), ‘Chance of injury’, ‘Long-term prospects’ and ‘Motivation’. Depending on the thresholds reached, a player either reaches a championship final between the ages of 16 and 20, or has to retire early from the sport, with a few different outcomes in between.

By playing this game you will reinforce your understanding that coaching should be stimulating and fun and your understanding of the fine balance between challenge, to stimulate improvement, and being appropriately supported. You will have an opportunity to return to the game later in the course, by which time you will have explored some of the game’s other underlying principles.

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371