About Me

Director of Champion’s Mindset

About Me

My name is Stephen Renwick and I am a sport psychology professional and Director of Champion’s Mindset based in Stockport, Greater Manchester. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology from The Open University and a MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology from Staffordshire University and completed three years supervised practice via BASES to become an Accredited sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology). In 2024, I will be taking my training to the next level to become HCPC registered. I am a qualified Level 3 personal trainer, and I have experience working in all sport to elite levels. My philosophy is a humanistic approach using ACT. I work with some of the best athletes in the world, from a range of sports including Giants Live Strongman, Premier League, Boxing, MMA, Golf, Academy Football, Equestrian and all other sports.

Why pick me to be your sport psychology professional? Firstly, I get sport. I understand what it takes to achieve your full potential as an athlete. The years of dedication, sacrifice and training required. The emotional struggles and challenges. I get it. I’ve been there as a professional athlete. I have eight years training to get where I am today and years of experience, including working with some of the worlds best athletes. So, if you want to take your sport to the next level with someone who understands it all, then please get in touch today.

Sport Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based intervention that can be used to help athletes build psychological resilience and develop a growth mindset. This type of therapy helps athletes stay focused on their goals, face challenges with courage and determination, and learn to cope with the setbacks that can occur in sports. By understanding how to better control their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, athletes can become more self-aware and increase their overall level of performance.The main goal of ACT is to help athletes recognize their thoughts and feelings, accept them, and then make changes in order to move towards their goals. The process requires athletes to allow for unpleasant emotions that come up without letting them negatively affect their performance. For example, if a swimmer is feeling anxious before a race, they can acknowledge the anxiety, validate it, and then choose to focus on the positive aspects of the race.

Developing psychological flexibility

Image: With permission from Dr Steven Hayes (2021).


Being open relates to welcoming and accepting life as it is, without trying to change or alter it.


Being aware relates to noticing your experiences, thoughts, feelings and memories.

Actively Engaged

Being active relates to doing matter to you and behaving in ways that are informed by your values.

Develop Psychological Resilience

This mental approach is beneficial because it helps athletes develop a more resilient attitude towards their sporting performance. ACT also encourages athletes to take ownership of their values and to commit to the goals and objectives that are meaningful to them. This involves focusing on personal development rather than the outcome of events or competitions. During the process, athletes identify their core values and use them to make decisions and evaluate their progress. For example, a gymnast may choose to focus on improving their physical strength instead of striving for a specific medal count. In this way, athletes can gain a better understanding of their abilities and use these insights to stay motivated and achieve success. Acceptance and commitment therapy can help athletes develop psychological resilience when faced with a range of everyday pressures. It equips them with the skills and strategies needed to stay committed to their values, cope with difficult emotions, and develop a more positive outlook. Through understanding and utilizing the concepts of ACT, athletes can become more aware of their mental processes and maximize their performance levels on a consistent basis.

Book a free sport psychology discovery call today

Contact me today to see if sport psychology can help your performance

All levels and sports welcome…

Sport Psychology Support for everyone

Sport psychology is the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. It is a growing field that has seen increased attention over the past few decades due to the increased understanding of the mental processes of athletes and how these processes affect performance. The benefits of sport psychology are numerous. One of the main benefits is improved performance. Sport psychologists are trained to help athletes identify mental blocks and develop strategies to overcome them. By using visualization techniques and goal setting, athletes can increase their focus and motivation. In addition, sport psychologists can help athletes develop confidence and adopt a healthier mindset towards their sport. Another important benefit of sport psychology is improved well-being. Sport psychologists can help athletes identify and manage stress and anxiety, as well as develop coping strategies to deal with challenging situations.

Focus on the process

By teaching athletes to focus on the process rather than the outcome, they can reduce the pressure they feel and be more in control of their performance. Finally, sport psychology consultants can help athletes with injury rehabilitation. By developing an understanding of the psychological aspects of injury and recovery, athletes can learn to better manage their emotions and create mental strategies for quicker healing. Overall, sport psychology can be a powerful tool for athletes of all levels. It can help athletes improve their performance, well-being, and injury rehabilitation.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, get in touch today.

Do you choke under pressure? Lose focus? Get really bad anxiety? Sport psychology might help…

Team England Wrestling Workshops delivered by Champion’s Mindset

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Learning how the mind and body are connected
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Benefits of attending a sport psychology workshop

Attending a sport psychology workshop has many benefits for athletes, coaches, and anyone involved in the world of sports. Across all levels of competition, sport psychology workshops can provide athletes with important knowledge and skills for achieving their greatest potential. These workshops can offer insight into the latest mental health techniques being utilized in the field, providing up-to-date information on ways to manage stress, improve performance, and focus on achieving peak performance. One key benefit of attending a sport psychology workshop is gaining access to experienced experts in the field who can provide personalized advice and a unique perspective on the particular challenges and needs of your team or individual. When athletes attend a workshop, they have the opportunity to learn from professionals who have worked with athletes of all levels and those working in different sports. Having direct access to those with experience can provide helpful tips, suggestions and strategies on how to handle any situation. Another benefit of attending a sport psychology workshop is the ability to gain insights into the mental strength and resiliency that successful athletes possess. Mental resilience refers to the idea of “bouncing back” after experiencing difficult situations, and this can be extremely beneficial in order to help athletes stay focused and achieve their goals. Through attending workshops, you will become more aware of the various techniques and methods used to help build mental strength and resilience to be able to effectively cope with the pressures of competition. Additionally, attending a sport psychology workshop allows athletes to gain better understanding of the psychological aspects of goal-setting and building a sense of purpose.

Goal Setting

Goals are often essential to success, whether through improving performance or personal development. Through these workshops, you will be able to gain advice on how to craft SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely) goals, and learn how to sustain motivation to ensure success in reaching them. Finally, workshops can also provide an effective platform to discuss any psychological issues that arise during training, competition and recovery. Participating in these events may offer an invaluable opportunity to overcome those issues or to seek help if needed. Feeling supported and heard is essential to athletes’ well-being, which can help enhance performance and promote positive mental health. In conclusion, attending a sport psychology workshop can create numerous advantages for athletes, focused around areas such as mental resilience, goal-setting, and psychological issues. All of these benefits are important in helping athletes strengthen their performances and understand what it takes to reach peak levels of activity.

Team or Club Workshops

Online Course

A Champion’s Mindset with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

An intermediate to advanced look into the key aspects of sport psychology and ACT. This course is perfect for athletes, coaches, parents or practitioners.