The process of constraint – a non linear vision for youth development

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual” - Albert Einstein.


I know I’m starting in a precarious position referencing one of the most renowned physicists’ and philosopher’s in history; yet, what drawn this statement to my attention was the simplicity of the process of a person-centred approach.

Not only does this concept resonate so powerfully with me on a theoretical stand-point, but it’s ethical stance which has a massive impact on me as a human-being and provides me with a sense of empowerment.

The importance of the individuals journey within the process is more valuable then the process itself; how a person connects with the context is just as (if not more) important then the content (arguably; but bare with me on this).

Before I head off on a bit of a tangent, let me get onto the subject at the heart of the matter. Life, no matter what aspects impact our daily lives; school, work etc, we become ‘creatures of habit’, routine, potentially robots... so surely experiences within playing/learning a sport should be the same? Wrong!

Sports are games where results are determined by how many touches or dribbles around a static object in order to gain points/goals? Or how many repetitions of a single skill are completed based upon numerical superiority? Don’t these points contribute to the end result?

Or, do most sports contain a range of variables that determine the actions and outcomes of particular phases of the game; that opponents, objects or obstacles are restricting chances to perform the technical/tactical action and identify a strategy to exploit opportunities to gain the advantage?

Author: Jamie-Lloyd Davies