WHAT IS PERFORMANCE COACHING
Performance coaching is learning how to think and behave to perform your best. If you are serious about improving your game, then mastering the mental side is crucial. Performance Coaching teaches you how to do this. The difference between winners and losers ( physical skill set aside) comes down to the way you respond to pressure . My Performance Coaching Programme is based on sports psychology and other relevant psychological training methods including neuro linguistic programming and cognitive behavioural therapy.
the problems I SOLVE
Lack of confidence and self belief, anxiety. being unsettled by other competitors or the score-line, not coping under pressure, being unable to recover from a bad shot or a mistake are the most common areas that my clients want to improve on. In their own words.....
“I can't perform because I am in a panic before and during the competition and just can’t focus on the game”.
“I can’t play my best as I am too frightened of losing”
“When things go badly I go into melt-down” and "when I make a mistake I know I am on a downward spiral"
The after ...
These are the reults in my clients' own words
“I am the anchor in the team to take the pressure shots because the coaches have seen how mentally strong I am under pressure now”
“I have achieved my dream of being selected for the British team”
“I am playing consistently better than ever before : I just cant believe the improvement ”
The amazing thing is that all of the above results were achieved in under six months, some as little as six weeks.
PRACTICALITIES - THE COACHING SESSIONS and one to one courses
Learn more about the Coaching Sessions here
I also offer the following courses - these are on a one to one basis
Confidence Course - 10 sessions read more
Mental Skills Performance Course - in depth Sports Psychology Course 20 sessions read more
Golfers Mental Game Course - 6 sessions read more
HANDOUTS AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE MANUAL ( THE MENTAL TOOL-KIT)
You will receive your own sports psychology hand-out for every session. These will remind you what was covered in the coaching session and help to reinforce the new ways of thinking and the techniques you will be learning.
At the end of your coaching you will receive a manual which is prepared especially for you called your Mental Tool Kit. This is your manual for independent mental strength which is great for reinforcement and as a reference point. My client's love them and some even take them to competitions for the symbolic security they offer.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE
The million dollar question. Many people notice a huge improvement after as little as two or three sessions. Yes really. As one client said
After a couple of sessions, I saw a change in my attitude and the way I was thinking about everything "
This isn't to say that it will only take two sessions but that change appears quickly. It is hard to be precise but I would say a minimum of 6 sessions and a maximum of 20 depending on how much depth you want to go into and the time and commitment you want to spend. It is preferable to have the sessions regularly between 7 to 14 days apart.
CHANGE FOR LIFE
The important point about my coaching is that I teach you to be independent because you can apply your newly learned mental skills to all future challenges. These are also fantastic skills to have for other areas of your life where you need to perform eg work presentations, exams, starting a new job, performing arts or any stressful situation.
SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY coaching TOPICS : TYPICAL AREAS COVERED
- the best mental state for performing
- how to increase mental strength and focus
- pre-game nerves and anxiety
- body language for peak performance
- how to handle external pressure
- recovery from set backs
- create empowering beliefs
- overcome anxiety and negative thoughts
- setting inspiring performance and outcome goals
- the performance itself - competition day - from the moment you get up to the moment you leave the sporting venue
- relieving the pressure and recovery
For the serious competitors and professional players
For those playing professional sport or wanting to achieve team or national selection you may wish to go for the in depth Sports Performance Course where you learn skills like visualisation and we examine topics like getting the best out of training, how to motivate yourself and goal setting in more detail. Learn more
These are the thoughts of one of my youngest clients who at 16 years of age was selected for the British team after completing the Sports Performance Course
"My mental game is stronger ...I don't get nervous, I don't find myself having negatives in my mind and if I do then I can change it to a positive"
FOR THE MANAGER OR COACH
I also provide coaching for managers and coaches. Like coaching for the individual sports person it teaches skills and behaviours to enhance your leadership, motivate team members and get the best out of them. See below for a sample of the topics covered and I also coach specific management concerns too and I draw from my former experience as an executive coach for this
- how to communicate better with team members, fans, owners
- build better relationship with players/athletes - handle challenging personalities
- Get the best out of training session
- Motivate the team and individuals
- Improving the confidence and the self belief of the team
- Effective Goal Setting
- How to handle stress and external pressure
FOR PRIVACY REASONS I HAVE NOT ADDED MY CLIENT'S NAMES TO THEIR QUOTES BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE CLARIFICATION FROM THEM, I CAN ARRANGE FOR THEM TO CONTACT YOU.