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PSYCHOLOGY

MISSION

To implement an athlete- and coach-centred sport psychology programme which places a successful transition from youth to elite-level sport at its core. Making this step up requires resilience, motivation and support: we aim to educate and empower athletes and coaches to develop these skills in order to boost athlete wellbeing and performance.

 

IMPACTING THE TRANSITION TO ELITE SPORT

There are 4 key areas where sport psychology can positively impact athletes’ transition from youth to elite sport:

 

1. Individual factors

  • Develop athletes’ ability to be self- aware, confident and adaptable

  • Help athletes adopt a challenge mindset

 

2. External factors

  • Increase athletes’ ability to access their social support networks

  • Educate coaches on the most effective motivational strategies and how to build winning relationships with their athletes

 

3. Organisational factors

- Educate staff on organisational culture and its impact on athletes’ wellbeing and performance

 

4. Education strategies

  • Discuss how we can prepare athletes for the realities of being at the elite level

  • Encourage collaboration and mentoring to help prepare athletes for the step up

 

 

SERVICES

We provide our sport psychology services either through 1-2-1 consultancy or workshops. 

 

 

Workshops

We deliver workshops:

  • Online or in a classroom, as educational, activity-based workshops

  • Integrated into training sessions, to apply psychology directly in a sport setting

  • To athletes, coaches and staff

 

Impact and monitoring

Our work is designed to positively impact several of the key factors that affect a successful transition from youth to elite sport. By working on variables such as an athlete’s social support or psychological skill development we can contribute to improvements in their wellbeing and performance over time (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

We evaluate the effectiveness of our work by looking for changes in these variables over the course of our work. We use a variety of tools to monitor our impact, including:

  • Athlete profiling to identify strengths and areas to impact

  • Psychometric scales (i.e. rating on a 1-7 scale)

  • Athlete self-reporting

  • Discussions with key stakeholders, e.g. coach, teammate, parent

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