The PE Playbook – December 2016 Edition

Welcome to the December 2016 Edition of the PE Playbook. The PE Playbook is a review of blog posts over the past month that are specific to Physical Education or Youth Sport. Its about bringing these blog posts into a format that is easy to find, use and share. Hopefully this will result in more PE Teachers (and others) reading them and engaging with them. If you have any feedback about the presentation or content of the PE Playbook then please let me know in the comments section of this post or via @ImSporticusPrevious Editions of the PE Playbook can be found here.


As with keeping in tradition, there is no Blogger of the Month for December. Instead a reminder of previous Bloggers of the Month throughout the whole of 2016. if you are interested in PE or Youth Sport then you should definitely consider following them.

PE Playbook – January 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Shane Pill at Learning Through Sport

PE Playbook – February 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Mark Upton at My Fastest Mile

PE Playbook – March 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Kevin Peake at The PE and Sports Assessment Blog

PE Playbook – April 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Nick Levett at Rivers of Thinking

PE Playbook – May 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month John Stoszkowski at

PE Playbook – June 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Stuart Armstrong at The Talent Equation 

PE Playbook – July 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Renee Cabassi at Aim High, Jump Often

PE Playbook – August 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Darren Wensor at Coaching Young Athletes

PE Playbook – September 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Mark O’Sullivan at Footblogball

PE Playbook – October 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Vern Gambetta at Functional Path Training

PE Playbook – November 2016 Edition – Blogger of the Month Lee Andersen at wewearshorts



The role of motor competence in meaningful physical education by Tim Fletcher and Meaningful PE looks at the interplay between Kretchmar’s five elements of meaningful PE.

Building community in PE with Mel Hamada Not a blog post, but a podcast. Mel Hamada being interviewed by Jorge Rodriguez. Only one word to describe it – Uplifting

The Coaching Plan for England: Better coaches, better experiences, better activity from Sport England is their future plan for coaching and something everyone involved in sport should read.

Losing my religion by Jono Byrne is a deeply reflective piece about concerns with our current approach to sport and learning.

A Letter to My Younger Self by John Kessel shares the knowledge, experience and wisdom that he has gained over his coaching career.

Creative Freedom by Peter Prickett is a long but worthwhile read focussing on how Picasso’s five core principles to creating art could be applied to sport and coaching.

Thinking about… my relationship status by Steven Worthington explores the investment of time on building relationships with children.

Values Based Coaching: A Balancing Act from PlayerDP offers a values framework for coaching and argues that some values lead to better performance, healthier motivation and a recognition of social and environmental responsibility.

Imposing set structures on complex phenomena – Stop making ‘common’ sense by Mark O’Sullivan asks us to move away from complicated and embrace complexity in our coaching.

Physical education as praxis by Shane Pill is an excellent and thought provoking on what it means to be a “physically educated person”.

PE Curriculum – In Through and About Movement by  looks a the philosophy of movement by Peter Arnold, written in his excellent book Meaning in movement, sport and physical education.











3 thoughts on “The PE Playbook – December 2016 Edition

  1. Thank you for sharing such rich comment, I am always super impressed at how much you manage to read and consume each month. I aspire to be more consistent with this in 2017… I was surprised to read that the podcast was uplifting – would love to know why that is, but am delighted it was.


    1. Hi Mel. I was listening to it on my morning commute into work. I was in a bad mood from an incident the day before. Just you positivity, your warmth, your kindness and you mindset to adapt and change was uplifting. It put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. Thank you for all the contributions you make to my thinking, via your blog but mainly the dialogue we seem to have built. All the best for the year.


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