Sports Page

Since gaining an MSc (Merit) in Sports and Exercise Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in 2011, I have been developing a service in Sports Psychology.

I have undertaken teaching at UCLAN and at the Adam Cox Tennis Centre, Skipton. I conducted research for the MSc on the application of Mindfulness as a mental approach for amateur tennis players. Mindfulness approaches have proven efficacy in mental health and there is a growing body of evidence for their application and efficacy in sports. In this section of the website you will find a summary of the current, 2011 research evidence for the efficacy of Mindfulness training and research references.

Between 1995 and 2000 I was the manager of Skipton Town Junior Football teams, taking a squad from Under 10's to Under 14's. After loosing our very first match in Bradford 12-1 !!, we were very firmly at the bottom of the second division. The squad persevered over five years and in the 1999-2000 season won the First Division and Cup double. Adult coaches, parents and the junior players all gained great reward from this journey.

From January 2013 I will be working with Andy Banks (Performance Director) at Ilkley Tennis Club with elite Under 12 tennis players towards LTA goals regarding mental skills. I plan to help the children learn mental awareness inherent in Mindfulness training and other psychological skills to promote excellence.

I am also particularly interested to develop the application of Mindfulness to golf players both amateur and professional and will be forging links with local golf clubs in 2013.