Winning Mentality: A Reflective Account of Delivery to a Professional Football Academy

Godfrey, R. and Winter, Stacy (2017) Winning Mentality: A Reflective Account of Delivery to a Professional Football Academy. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1 (1). pp. 63-75. ISSN 2470-4849 (In Press)

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This paper presents a reflective account of the sport psychology support work delivered across one season at a professional football academy by a neophyte practitioner. The development of the sport psychology programme, referred to as Winning Mentality, was guided by Harwood and Anderson’s (2015) 5C guidelines to psychological skills training. The Winning Mentality programme outlined within this paper was delivered to the U9-U12 age groups and focused on the three key topics: (1) growth mind-set; (2) emotional control; and (3) confidence. The intervention comprised predominantly of classroom based workshops delivered at the team level that focused on one topic per training cycle. Working with these young age groups uncovered a number of challenges that form the basis of this reflective account. Drawing upon child developmental literature was a necessity to ensure the effective matching of session content to the relevant age group. Additionally, the heavily classroom based nature of the programme limited the youth footballers application of sport psychology techniques on the football pitch. Finally, opportunities to empower coaches with the knowledge and skills to apply psychological concepts within their training sessions should be welcomed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport psychology, reflection, youth, applied practice
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 08:06
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 09:39


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