Player Reflection Tool

Learning from others


Complete the form

First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can

Choose a topic area

View your results and choose an area to study

Identify two aims

Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on

Practice to improve

Let your coach know what you are working on

This webpage has been especially designed to help you improve the way you learn from others. There are tips, information and advice. Some of this will not only be relevant to your football learning, but may also help you become a better learning in other sports or at school. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.

When it comes to learning, we first need to make sure we have the correct attitudes and beliefs. So the first thing we are going to study is something called the Growth Mindset.


Click on the link and work through the exercises.

Now you have studied the Growth Mindset, you know that we can take inspiration from the success of other people. If they can do it, then you can too. If we can work out how they succeded then we can use this to help us. This is the power of learning from others.

The Growth Mindset also teaches us how to accept criticism and feedback. Someone with a Growth Mindset will try to learn from criticism. They won't take criticism personally or get disheartened, but will welcome the feedback as a way of understanding what they need to do next in order to improve.


Role Models

Probably the best way to learn from other people is to study someone in particular, and copy the elements of their game or behaviour that you want to learn. 


We are going to choose a Role Model for you to study. You need to choose someone who you admire or someone who you are interested in. Below are several suggestions, with a video that will give you more information.

David Clarke

Fara Williams

Rachel Yankey

Ian Wright

Jack Rutter

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Mo Farah

Fran Kirby

Rafael Nadal

Or you can choose another sports hero, it's up to you.

Once you've chosen your Role Model, try to find out as much about them as you can. Here are some ways of doing this:

  • Go to and search for their name. This will tell you about their life story and their accomplishments.
  • Go to and search for their name. See if you can find a short documentary on them, or interviews with them (e.g. search "Rachel Yankey interview" or "Mo Farah documentary").

When you've finished studying them, answer the questions below:

  1. What key skills do you admire in your Role Model? Think of three things that you'd like to be able to do like them. Think about physical skills (like speed, strength or technical ability), but also mental skills, communication skills and social skills.
  2. What can you do to try to learn to use the skills you have identified? (Think about where you could use these skills, who with, and when).


Next we are going to see what we can learn from the people we play football with.

Choose someone you play football with regularly, either from your football team or practice group. This could be someone who you admire, or someone you think has the kind of skills you want to have. It doesn't have to be someone who can do amazing things with a football, it could be someone who is always making a great effort or someone who always tries new things. Or it could be someone who is a great defender and hard to dribble past, or someone who is considered the best footballer in the group. It's up to you. But try to choose someone who can do things that you'd like to be able to do.

Your task is to watch the person you have chosen. Make a list of their key skills. Think about their football skills, their teamwork skills, their communication skills. Observe how they listen to the coach, or how they are not afraid to try new things. See how they react to making mistakes, or how determined they are to do well. Maybe they make a lot of effort, or practice a lot in their free time. After each session or practice, make some notes on the skills you have seen.

Once you have finished, choose three positive skills that you have seen and would like to learn from them. 

TIP: Don't tell the person you choose that you will be studying them!

Learning with others

Football is a collective game - we play it with and against other people. Some of your best teachers could be the players you play and practice with.

  • How well do you use them to help you learn? 
  • If you are trying to improve in a particular area in football, do you talk to your team-mates about this?

Your team-mates may be able to give you great advice and support. In your practice sessions, try to discuss the game with your team-mates, listen to what they say, build relationships with them so you can help each other develop. Try to be a supportive, friendly team-mate.

Learning from coaches

Of course, one of your main sources of knowledge, advice and support should be your coach. Make sure you use their knowledge by being a "coachable" player. This means that you need to try hard to listen and learn from what they tell you and show you. We have a webpage with relevant information on at the link below, so please feel free to explore this content:

Player Reflection Tool - Home

Dear Learner,

Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.

You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.

For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.

If any of the links on this page are broken, or you have other ideas or suggestions, please get in touch at:


Mark Carter

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Once you have completed all the homework, click on the 'Print the form' link. This will open a form which you need to print out and complete. Take this completed form to your coach.

Then click here to move onto the last part of the Tool.

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