Richard Cheetham MBE is Senior Fellow in Sports Coaching. He recently been awarded the 2018 UK Coaching Coach Developer of the year. Cheetham has worked at the University of Winchester since 2005, following three years spent teaching and coaching in New Zealand. He has a reputation at national and international level in coach education and development with his work ranging from rugby union to triathlon and professional cycling with the UCI. 
His research, publications and conference presentations have focused on developing a more holistic approach to coaching as well as encouraging creativity and innovation in practice session design. The important role of play in sport at all levels of performance and across all ages has been a specific area of research with his work contributing to a regional primary education physical literacy initiative, UK Coaching, Rugby Canada and the University of Winchester Play and Creativity festival. 
Highlights from the Podcast:
  • Content and Instruction versus Play and Enjoyment
  • Can the idea of “free play” be a part of practice?
  • The importance of building relationships
  • How to make content and connection integral parts of practice
  • What is the race to Learn?
  • Guidance for parents on how to discuss practice with their children
  • How to run a session when talent and experience of the children varies widely
Connect with Richard Cheetum
Resources Mentioned 
Play up and Learn the Game [pdf]
Exploration: ‘I Learned to Play Again’ The Integration of Active Play
as a Learning Experience for Sports Coaching Undergraduates [pdf]
Do Skills Kills Creativity? a TedTalk by Sir Ken Robinson [video]
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