Euro 2020 starts on 11 June 2021, having been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more about the Euros in the FREE resources below.
The delayed UEFA European Championships will begin soon. But who are some of the key players and will England, Scotland or Wales take home the trophy? Simon Rea explores…Read now ❯European Championships 2020: Can one of the home nations end 55 years of hurt ?
How will the condensed season affect players at the UEFA European Championship, especially during the pandemic? Simon Rea looks at the characteristics of burnout and the intensity of football.Read now ❯Will players be fit to perform or ready to burnout at Euro 2020?
Recently concussion in football has become a serious issue for debate, and with the UEFA EURO 2020, UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 coming up it is likely to be in the spotlight once again.Read now ❯Concussion in Football: Is it Time to Get Ahead of the Game?
Sport can play a role in shaping our identities – where we feel we ‘belong’ and how we view ourselves and others. This article explores the multiple ‘hats’, or scarves, that football fans are likely to wear when they enjoy the Euro 2020 spectacle.Read now ❯Club, Country, Continent: Juggling fan identities at Euro 2020
In the lead up to Euro 2020, Alex Twitchen explores how England’s academy system has had an impact on the players included in the squad as well as the game overall.Read now ❯Euro 2020: Will England's ruthless academy system show its value?
What impact have recent political changes had on the traditional England and Scotland rivalry? Alex Twitchen explores in this article.Read now ❯England v Scotland: A Celebration of Togetherness or Division?
Explore training for pressure moments in sport
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England has the worst record for penalty shoot-outs in international football competitions - could purposeful practise end this?Read nowCan you train for penalty shoot-outs?
Penalty shoot-outs, 12-foot putts and second-serves are all high pressure moments in football, golf and tennis respectively. How would acclaimed kicking coach Dave Alred train the athletes to succeed in the moment?Read nowThe art of performing under pressure
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Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management, then this engaging and stimulating course, which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others, is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3 to 5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.Learn more ❯The business of football
The athlete’s journey through sport can be characterised by several transitions and periods of change. This course is designed to help you understand that journey, whether in reference to a professional or recreational athlete, and the nature of support they may need at different times. The course also provides practical guidance, whether you support athletes as a coach or parent or whether you are an athlete yourself, and draws on a wealth of case study and audio-visual material to bring the athlete’s journey to life.Learn more ❯The athlete’s journey: transitions through sport
Are you responsible for supporting sport and physical activity coaches to become inspirational and excellent in their practice? This course is designed for coach developers, educators, mentors and tutors who support coaches to improve. You will explore how people learn, what are the skills and qualities of an effective coach of coaches, as well appreciate how to ask powerful questions and listen actively. You will consider the processes associated with resolving difficult situations where differences of opinion arise, how to measure success and provide constructive feedback. By the end of this course you should feel more confident in your ability to support colleagues and help them to become even better at what they do.Learn more ❯Coaching others to coach
This free course, Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness, explores the personal skills that underpin so much work in sport and gyms. We often hear employers refer to the importance of these interpersonal relationships or ‘soft skills’ in sport and fitness, and in this unique course you’ll build valuable insights into understanding workplace communication, motivation and self-awareness and how this can increase your effectiveness and enhance how you work with others. All this is made possible by some unique film footage of coaches, trainers and instructors at work combined with engaging learning activities that accompany these case studies to benefit both your career and those you work with.Learn more ❯Communication and working relationships in sport and fitness
This free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, investigates how scientific and management ideas contribute to success while also taking you on a journey through unique sporting case studies and insights that will change how you view and study sport. You will consider how the mind, the body, the environment and training techniques all contribute to optimum fitness.Learn more ❯Exploring sport coaching and psychology
Have you ever experienced a sport injury? Have you ever thought there could be a psychological dimension to sport injuries, as well as a physical one? Sport injury is relatively common among sport and exercise participants, and while the physical impact of injury is often easy to recognise, the psychological impact is less obvious. In this free course, Exploring the psychological aspects of sport injury, you will examine the relationship between injury and psychological factors. You will look at the link between injury and psychology at two distinct points – before an injury has occurred and then following an injury. First, you will consider the psychological factors that may increase the likelihood of sustaining a sport injury (pre-injury), and then you will consider psychological reactions to the incidence of a sport injury (post-injury). The course will also allow you to examine how sport and exercise psychology can be used both to help minimise the risk of injury and to help people cope better with sport injury rehabilitation. The video below featuring OU student and Olympic Gold Medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh explains more.Learn more ❯Exploring the psychological aspects of sport injury
Sport can place high levels of stress on athletes, coaches and others involved. If unable to cope with these stresses they may be vulnerable to developing burnout. This free course, Learning from sport burnout and overtraining, examines burnout in sport from various perspectives including both the coach’s and athlete’s perspective. Drawing on real life case studies it explores how coaches can recognise and prevent burnout in athletes, and investigates the prevention and treatment of burnout in coaches. This course is for you if you are interested in developing an holistic understanding of burnout in sport.Learn more ❯Learning from sport burnout and overtraining
The mass media (e.g. radio, TV, internet) has become one of the most powerful institutional influences in society. This free course, Sporting women in the media, explores whether gendered inequalities exist in sport by evaluating the media coverage. The media can be highly influential in shaping perceptions about gender in sport and headlines indicative of differences in how male and female athletes are regarded in the media. In the course you’ll examine messages that the media send us about gender in sport, their potential impact and how gender ideologies can be challenged.Learn more ❯Sporting women in the media
In this free course you will explore an important aspect of strength and conditioning which refers to the physical preparation of athletes: endurance. You will look at the physiological factors that underpin endurance and assess how endurance can be developed relative to performance in a range of sports. TranscriptLearn more ❯Training for endurance in sport and fitness
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If you're an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, this degree will develop your skills and understanding of sports science, psychology, training, coaching and leadership. It will enhance your awareness of your own role, increase your effectiveness at work and develop your communication and analytical skills ? boosting your career prospects. You'll apply science and theory to practice, reflecting on case studies or real and potential work situations. Drawing on video, text and online materials, you'll focus on the all-round physical and psychological needs of sports participants or exercise clients.Learn more ❯BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching
This key introductory module is for you if you have a general or professional interest in sport, recreation and fitness. It will provide you with a sound knowledge of some of the key underpinning concepts within sport and fitness, including: the organisation of sports/fitness provision in the UK; the benefits of physical activity; fitness training principles; nutrition; and a range of contemporary issues. You'll be able to apply your understanding to your own participation in sport or exercise, or to careers in the field ? such as exercise instruction, sports coaching or PE teaching.Learn more ❯Introduction to sport and fitness
You'll have access to a module website, which includes:Learn more ❯Exploring contemporary issues in sport and exercise