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Champion’s Mindset

Sport Psychology Support

I provide individual, group and team sport psychology services for all ages and skill levels. Services can include, but are not limited to, skill development and performance enhancement, confidence building, motivation and focus for athletes, and positive coaching. I also offer sport motivational interviewing, goal setting and imagery, sport-specific counseling and mental training, sport lifestyle management and sport mindfulness. If needed, I also offer parents’ counselling, as well as workshops and seminars on sports psychology, parenting and coach-athlete relationship dynamics.

What is a Champion’s Mindset?

A champion’s mindset is a mentality focused on resilience and continual growth. It is an attitude of total commitment and dedication—a willingness to push through barriers and perceived limits in order to reach one’s goals. It is about discipline, focus, and drive; a desire to continually improve, a refusal to give up, and a commitment to remain humble even in victory.In order to develop a champion’s mindset, it is important to first set clearly defined goals. You must identify what success looks like to you and hold onto that vision. Secondly, it is important to be organized. Have a plan of action with deadlines and tasks that need to be accomplished along the way. Thirdly, take advantage of resources. Seek out mentors who can provide advice and help you stay on track. Fourth, remain open to feedback. A champion’s mindset is about continuous improvement and being willing to adjust to new information and situations. Finally, practice mental toughness. This means being able to bounce back from any type of failure or setback quickly and not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed or discouraged. A champion’s mindset is developed over time and ultimately leads to greater fulfillment and success. It requires discipline, focus, and resilience—all of which can be cultivated through practice. When embraced and exemplified, this mindset can lead to incredible achievements in any area of life.

Why Sport Psychology?

Sport psychology is a powerful tool that athletes can use to improve their performance and reach their goals. This field of study focuses on how psychological factors can influence an athlete’s performance, and how they can use psychological techniques to improve their performance.

  • It can help athletes to develop mental toughness, increase motivation and concentration, improve self-confidence and resilience, and ultimately reach their peak performance. One of the main reasons why athletes should use sport psychology is to develop mental toughness. This is an important part of any athlete’s success and involves the ability to handle stress, stay focused and motivated, and handle the pressure of competition.
  • Sport psychology can help athletes to develop mental toughness by teaching them techniques such as visualization, goal setting, relaxation and relaxation imagery. These techniques can help athletes to stay focused, motivated, and resilient even when things are not going as planned. 
  • Another important reason why athletes should use sport psychology is to improve concentration. Concentration is essential for any athlete as it allows them to stay focused and motivated on their goals and to stay in the moment. Sport psychology can help athletes to improve their concentration by teaching them techniques such as imagery, self-talk, and mindfulness. Through these techniques, athletes can learn how to stay focused and motivated even when faced with distractions. 

Team GB Powerlifting

Congratulations to Claire Roberts on her successful powerlifting campaign in Mongolia. Great job!

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Equestrian Sports

Elevate your show jumping game with our specialised sport psychology techniques. I will guide you in setting clear goals, creating effective mental routines, and boosting your self-confidence. Imagine confidently navigating the show jumping course with unwavering focus and determination. With my help, you’ll learn to manage pressure, enhance concentration, and overcome any mental hurdles that stand in your way. We understand that the mental aspect of equestrian sports goes beyond the arena. That’s why our support extends to all aspects of your riding journey. From coping with injuries and setbacks to building effective team dynamics, I am here to provide guidance, resilience, and a positive mindset. I believe that an holistic approach is essential to your overall well-being and success as a rider. Don’t let doubt or mental barriers hold you back from achieving greatness. Unleash your full potential with our cutting-edge sport psychology services catered specifically to horse and pony riders. Join our community of passionate equestrians who strive for excellence and experience the transformative power of sport psychology. Contact us today to start your journey towards equestrian triumph. Together, we’ll pave the way for a future filled with confidence, success, and a deeper connection with your equine partner. It’s time to soar to new heights and leave the competition in awe.

Francesca Groos

Performance Psychology for Actors, Business and Everyday life.

Sport psychology principles can be applied beyond just athletics to various other performance domains such as acting, business, and everyday life. Here’s how sport psychology, particularly through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), can help in these areas:

Interview with Comedian Terry Alderton: Photo on the right : Stephen and Terry Alderton

Improve your ACT

  1. Performance Anxiety: ACT techniques can assist in managing performance anxiety by teaching individuals to accept their anxious thoughts and feelings rather than trying to suppress or control them. This can be beneficial for actors dealing with stage fright, business professionals giving presentations, or individuals facing everyday challenges.
  2. Mindfulness: ACT emphasizes mindfulness, which can help performers stay present and focused in the moment. This is crucial for actors, business leaders making important decisions, and individuals navigating various life situations.
  3. Values Clarification: Understanding one’s values and aligning actions with those values is a key aspect of ACT. This can aid actors in portraying authentic characters, business professionals in making ethical decisions, and individuals in leading a more fulfilling life.
  4. Goal Setting: Setting meaningful goals and taking committed action towards achieving them is another fundamental aspect of ACT. This can be applied by actors striving to improve their craft, business individuals working towards career milestones, and people aiming for personal growth.
  5. Resilience and Mental Toughness: ACT helps build resilience and mental toughness by teaching individuals to persevere in the face of challenges and setbacks. This skill is valuable for actors dealing with rejection, business professionals navigating tough situations, and individuals overcoming obstacles in their lives.

By integrating principles of sport psychology, particularly those stemming from ACT, individuals in areas beyond sports can enhance their performance, manage stress, and lead more fulfilling lives both professionally and personally. If you have any specific questions or need further elaboration on any point, feel free to ask!

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Testimonials

Beth Sullivan. Man City Development Squad 2021/2022

Steve played a crucial role in my recovery and development by enlightening me on the profound significance of the mental aspect of the game. He guided me through the highs and lows of football and equipped me with valuable coping strategies to navigate through them effectively. Notably, setting specific goals with Steve proved immensely helpful, enabling me to stay focused and motivated. 


Develop Pro-Active Confidence

Finally, sport psychology can help athletes to improve their self-confidence and resilience. Self-confidence is essential for any athlete as it allows them to stay positive and motivated even when faced with failure or setbacks. Resilience is also important as it allows athletes to bounce back from adversity and keep pushing forward towards their goals. Sport psychology can help athletes to improve their self-confidence and resilience by teaching them techniques such as goal setting, positive self-talk, and visualization. In conclusion, sport psychology is a powerful tool that athletes can use to improve their performance and reach their goals. It can help athletes to develop mental toughness, increase motivation and concentration, and improve self-confidence and resilience. Ultimately, the use of sport psychology can help athletes to reach their peak performance.

Karran Kapur-Walton (Pole Vaulter)


Challenges in sport

Professional athletes often face challenges and obstacles that are out of their control. Working with a sport psychology expert can help to increase an athlete’s ability to manage such challenges and move forward despite setbacks. By doing so, athletes can maximize their performance potential and enhance their drive to succeed. In addition to developing mental toughness, another way in which professional athletes have utilized and benefited from a sport psychology expert is by engaging in creative visualizations. Visualization is a form of mental preparation that athletes practice to better prepare themselves for upcoming events and tasks. Through visualization techniques, athletes can create an image of success in their mind that can help them to stay calm and focused before, during, and after competition. This can be instrumental in helping athletes to remain positive and motivated to succeed. 

Lastly, working with a sport psychology expert can help professional athletes to develop goal strategies. Goal setting is a key component to achieving excellence in any endeavour. Sport psychology experts can help athletes to set realistic and achievable goals that are tailored to their unique needs. They can help athletes to recognize areas of improvement and provide assistance in developing strategies to reach these goals. Through goal setting and successful achievement, athletes can increase their motivation and satisfaction in their chosen sport. In conclusion, the utilization of a sport psychology expert by professional athletes can be incredibly valuable. A sport psychologist can provide athletes with the tools they need to remain mentally strong and achieve peak performance, while handling the pressures and demands of their sport. With the help of a sport psychology expert, athletes can increase their confidence and self-esteem, develop mental toughness, practice creative visualizations, and set achievable goals. Profession athletes who use the services of a sport psychology consultant can gain a competitive edge and enhance their overall performance in their chosen sport.

Charlie Bowling: Wrestling Commonwealth Games

Alex Bogdanovic

ATP and Davis Cup Player

Stephen helped me with my mental training for tennis and this really helped to keep me focused and relaxed while I was competing on the ATP tour. His knowledge of sports psychology and tennis is brilliant as he really understands what you go through as an athlete in high pressure situations.


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Champion’s Mindset

Meeting locations: The Chill Factor, 7 Trafford Way, Trafford Park, M41 7JA. Trafford Golf Centre, Trafford Park, M17 8PG. Total Fitness, Wilmslow, SK9 3PE. Alternatively, the athletes home or local cafe.