GPL Online Community


Welcome To A Learning Journey

GAME PLAY LEARN is here to provide Coaches, Families and Communities a simple yet powerful Framework for Nurturing Passion and Potential through Facilitating Dynamic Learning Environments. 

You’re invited to join our GPL Online Community where we delve deeper into the Theory, Values and Methods underpinning GAME PLAY LEARN to ensure we can bring the Framework to life.

You will learn how to provide Dynamic Learning Environments and Engaging Experiences for your Participants.. AND make Leading more enjoyable while you’re at it! There has been some wonderful stories of new-found FUN and FREEDOM, CREATIVITY and CONNECTION for Players AND Coaches through Facilitating The GPL Way.

The GPL Online Community is mainly made up of Coaches from various Sports around the World, all wanting to explore and push the boundaries of Coaching and Leading, ensuring they’re Nurturing Passion and Potential and also how to better provide Fun and Fulfilling Sporting Experiences for Players, Families and their Team Environments. We recognise the value of Diversity so whether you haven’t Coached before or are running a Professional Club, we welcome your contribution!

We value getting to know each other’s backgrounds and experiences, sharing views and ideas, and supporting each other to get creative in bringing the The GPL Way to life.  It’s an evolving approach that challenges society’s traditions and constraints which can stifle potential. So if you’re a Brave and Curious Learner, this Approach is definitely for you!

The GPL Online Community includes these Learning Opportunities:

  1. Monthly Interactive Courses: Research and Share
  2. Reflect and Support 
  3. Rest and Play



GPL Online Courses are facilitated through a Private Facebook Group, Email and the website.

They are the most formalised and structured Learning Opportunities where we deliberately explore and research relevant topics of GAME PLAY LEARN, then try them out and share our experiences.

The most obvious Course Topics have been:

  • How to Design Games and the Learning Environment WITH your Learners
  • How to Facilitate Play: Nurturing Self-Confidence through Autonomy and Choice, Social Connection and Skill Competencies.
  • The value of Observation: What are we looking at?
  • Why we move from Coach to Facilitator: If we’re going to intervene, we’d better add value!

Courses run every month and vary in duration to give a unique and diverse Learning Experience each time. Most are 3 weeks duration, just enough time to explore some of the philosophy, try it out for yourself and get to know other Facilitators on the GPL Journey.

We have a week or 2 break to Reflect and Rest, and go again at the beginning of each month. There’s so much to explore and share, it really is a continual Learning Journey.

A sample Weekly Schedule of a 3 Month Interactive Course is:

SUNDAY NIGHT GROUP LIVES: Interactive Opportunities hosted by Founder Joey Peters to introduce, discuss and reflect on the Course Topics.

TUESDAYS: An Email is sent with Reference Blog Posts, Videos and Tasks  to research, watch and try out for yourself.

THURSDAY WORKSHOPS: on the private Facebook Group, Joey Peters hosts various means of workshopping: From Presentations on the Research and Discussions with Special Guests, to Bushwalking and hosting ‘Watch Parties’. It’s another Interactive Learning Opportunity!

EVERYDAY WE’RE GPLing: You’re encouraged to post your Thoughts, Sessions and GPL Experiences on the Private Facebook Group as well. The more you can contribute and engage, obviously the more you will understand the Framework, be confident to try it out and start seeing the benefits of not only seeing your Learners thriving, but enjoying the experience more yourself as well.

Each Interaction takes approximately 30-40 minutes so it’s at least  a 1:30 - 2 hour undertaking each week during the course.


2. Reflect and Support:

We value the importance of Reflection in the Learning Journey after each Course Experience and sensing what are the Emerging ideas to explore next.

It’s a less formal week to soak in the experience, share your favourite ‘light-bulb’ moments and a chance to be grateful for each other’s support on the Learning Journey.


3. REST and PLAY:

Life is moving at a hectic pace and we realise the need to stop, take time out, and not be pressured t0 ‘do’ but ‘be’.

This time also values spontaneous PLAY, letting your imagination run wild, experience new adventures and interests. Share them with the Community!

So take your TIME. The content remains on Facebook, so if you’re not available for the LIVE Interactions, the recordings are available to go through when you’re ready. Rest, Relax and Recharge!



Course 1. A New Way of Coaching

Moving FROM Traditional Coaching methods TO Dynamic, Engaging Learning Environments. We explored 8 Topics in 5 Weeks!

From Teaching To Learning; Results to Relationship; Coaching to Facilitating; Control To Trust; Motivator to Observer; Training to Playing; Exclusive to Inclusive; Structure to The Street.

Course 2. Introducing The GPL Way

What are the VALUES of a Dynamic Learning Environment? We explored 5 Leading Values of The GPL Way:

Nurturing and Embracing: Relationship, Diversity, Facilitating, Time and Trust

Course 3. Facilitating The GPL Way Framework

We shared HOW TO: Design The GAME - Let them PLAY - Watch them LEARN

Understanding each constituent of the Framework and yet the interaction between Games, Playing and Learning is a wonderful vehicle for Nurturing Passion and Potential in not only our Learners but ourselves as Leaders and our role as Facilitators.


In all the Courses We share the WHY, the WHAT and the HOW To’s of  The GAME PLAY LEARN Framework:

Design the GAME 

Let them PLAY

Watch them LEARN

REFLECT on your own Coaching methods, and we will give you Tasks to test out The GPL Way in your own Coaching Environment.


3 course Series


Let’s Dive Deeper into GAME PLAY LEARN over the next 3 MONTHS and explore uncharted territory in Coaching, you can even make requests on Topics you would like to learn more of.


COURSE 4: September 1st - 22nd

Design the GAME

‘We become Learning Designers and create games with our Learners to suit the context and their needs.’


Exploring Multi-Sport

Exploring Environment Design - Form of Life, Cultures

Exploring the Constraints-Led Approach

Exploring Types of Games - Elimination Games, Game Integrity

Exploring A Place for Winning and Competition

Exploring Common Games with a Game Play Learn lens!

COURSE 5: October 6th - 27th

Let them PLAY

‘Giving the Learner freedom to explore new boundaries, express imagination and grow a love of playing.’

We shouldn’t put the Game ahead of Play. The Game is to give the affordance of Play!


Exploring a Self-Determined Environment.

Exploring the Value of Play, The Decline of Play

Exploring How Fun Transforms Behaviour

COURSE 6: November 3rd - 24th

Watch them LEARN

Enable a natural learning process through experience and playing independently of any teacher. We take a back seat and become ‘The Observing Presence’.

Exploring Why we value Observing and Trusting the Learning Dynamics


Exploring Developing Self-Confidence, Social-Connection, Skill-Competencies

Exploring Creativity

Exploring our own Self-Learning as Facilitators!


Joey Peters

A Message from GPL  Founder and Facilitator JOEY PETERS

Do The GPL Online Experience with me!

Hi, Joey Peters here, I would personally like to invite you to join The GPL Online Community so we can learn together and support each other in bringing to life The GAME PLAY LEARN Framework to see Passion and Potential nurtured rather than squashed in today’s overly-constrained and controlling Coaching Cultures.

GPL has really changed my whole worldview and particularly in all the various Sporting environments I’ve experienced from Backyards and Grassroots, to Professional Clubs and World Cups.

I WAS the Traditional Coach. I WAS the structured, instructional ‘professional’ who wanted to be the best and expected that for my Players as well.

That controlling, stressful world took a toll on me and the Players I worked with.

I needed change.

They needed change.

GPL has made such a big difference in my own professional and personal life as well as seeing players enjoy and improve their sport so much more than before.

“GPL has helped me relax and enjoy Coaching so much more”

This is some of what Parents have said about their family’s GPL Experience 

  • “The Kids kept talking about GPL all week. Hudson liked the Music, the Playing and no-one yelling at him. More people need to know about this unique approach to getting kids active and building self-confidence. My boys are loving it and I can really see improvement already in their resilience and independence.” Carissa Brown, Parent
  • “Tom has enjoyed this sport’s relaxed, fun and energy. He has had a wonderful time and met lots of new friends, on his team and opposing teams. The smiles on children’s faces every week are magical. This is how Sport should be!” - Bron Flanagan, Parent

This is more than just an Online Course,

it’s an Experience to kick-start change in Sport



 Here’s a BONUS!

We’ll also include Our Introductory Game Designs and GPL Session Guide to get you started!


‘Learn THE GAME, By Playing THE GAME’ These 6 Games (with Soccer as the example) make a small change to The Game but make a BIG difference to Learning. There’s no need to be overwhelmed in finding new Games to play and sessions to plan. There’s enough variation here to just use these Game for the whole season. What is your Team’s favourite Game?

This simple Session Guide will help you remember what’s important in the Session, strain with the Context for the day. Who are you with? When is the session? Why are they there? Design the GAME - What Game does your team want to play and Facilitate what the rules will be? Then it’s time to PLAY - How many Players do you have, How many teams do you need and How long will the Games go for? You can then Watch them LEARN - Observe, Reflect and explore Ideas.


The Next Course is

Course 4: September 1 -22, 2019

Please Submit the Registration Form and make a Purchase below from the options:

  • If you’re apart of a Club or organisation that is willing to support your Coach Development, we’d encourage you to ask 2 others to join you and enjoy the CLUB DISCOUNT for 1 Month.
  • Take advantage of the 3 Month SPECIAL to really experience the benefits of The Community, then it’s only $99 to become a member for the rest of the year (9 Months).
  • If you’re not quite sure if this Approach is for you, try out The Community for 1 month and go from there.
If using Club Discount