What we can learn from Nelli Cooman

Former athlete Nelli Cooman is studying the Master in Sport Management and compares practicing sports with studying, based on the 14 rules of Johan Cruyff

Nelli Cooman studies the Master in Sport Management at he Johan Cruyff Institute with the support of the Johan Cruyff Foundation. As part of her studies she’s developing a plan that supports the mission of the Johan Cruyff Foundation to get more children practicing sports, with and without disabilities.

In the eighties and early nineties the “Queen of Speed” was two-time World indoor champion and six-time European indoor champion at the 60 meters, and she won nineteen national titels. Over six years whe was world record holder at the 60 meters.

In these three videos (Dutch with English subtitles) she compares her sports experiences with studying, making reference to three of the 14 rules of Johan Cruyff, rules of behavior that were developed by the Johan Cruyff Foundation and apply to everyone in- and outside sports. The first video is about Technique, the second about Learning, and the third about Team Play, because, according to Nelli: “If you don’t ask, you’ll never get an answer!”

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Johan Cruyff Institute uses a rich learning environment that fosters educational tools based on a student interaction model. We aim for a mix of students from sports and business sectors, which also enables students to share their unique experiences and learn from each other. Students will engage actively in creative challenges that require effort, commitment and intuitive thinking. Visit these web pages to find out more about our Masters:

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