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We have a dedicated and passionate team of Performance Psychologists working with sports to enable athletes, coaches and performance directors to thrive in their training and competition environments.  

The Performance Psychology team’s mission is to support our key sports to be mentally prepared so they can deliver the right performances at the right time.  

Credit: Commonwealth Games Wales

Areas of work

Our psychologists work within distinct support areas;  

1. Proactive Performance Psychology delivery

Our role is to deliver Performance Psychology support to athletes, coaches and Performance Directors within our priority sports to enable them to thrive in training and competition environments 

Skills typically taught include:  

  • Relaxation
  • Imagery
  • Competition preparation
  • Training and performance review
  • Goal setting
  • Ability to focus
  • Managing self-talk

2. Culture and Organisational support

Our role is to facilitate the creation of psychologically informed and underpinned performance environments that develop the person as well as the performer to thrive.

3. Mental health and wellbeing pathway support

Our role is to proactively support the positive wellbeing of athletes, coaches and performance directors and reactively signpost and refer appropriately. 

Our track record

Our Performance Psychologists are all BPS Chartered and HCPC registered practitioner psychologists. All Sport Wales Institute practitioners hold up to date UKAD advisor certificates.  

They are highly regarded in the industry and have been selected for roles at major events including Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Working holistically

The Performance Psychology team works together with all disciplines within the Sports Science and Medicine department, ensuring a holistic approach around each athlete. 

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