Juniors

Jo has extensive experience of working with junior athletes, from 8 to 16 years; spanning recreational sport to academy, elite, and GB level performance pathways. Learning about sport psychology at a young age builds strong foundations for enjoyment and mental performance as children develop in their sporting activities. Moreover, strategies learned in these sessions can be looked upon as ‘life skills’, transferable to broader life areas such as: time-management of sport and school-work; managing emotions in other contexts, such as school exams; and navigating other performance settings, such as drama or music.

Jo works with juniors on both an individual level, and through workshops within clubs, academies, and schools. All sessions are tailored to be engaging for juniors, utilising fun games, practical activities, or take-home posters. Jo has experience of working within youth disability clubs and with children with learning difficulties, and sessions are designed to be developmentally appropriate and tailored to the needs of your child.

Individual sessions for juniors are typically 50 minutes, and will feel informal and very much like a ‘chat’! To begin with, Jo will be keen to hear about your child’s sporting experiences. Gradually, Jo will help juniors to piece together how their mindset, feelings, and actions interlink, and create suitable mental tools and strategies for their sporting goals. Most juniors find they are happy to talk with Jo with their parent in a next-door room – but parents are very welcome to sit in too. Either way, it is important that parents are kept in the loop about session content, to help encourage and reinforce the strategies and topics covered. Jo is equally happy to liaise with coaches, and to assist juniors within their training or competition environment.

These sessions can take place at Jo’s home office, or potentially at your family home or sports club, geography-dependent. Evening and weekend slots to fit around school can also be arranged.

 

What JUNIORS and their PARENTS are saying about Jo’s sessions…

Kathryn (Mum to Isla and Caitlin):

I contacted Jo as both my daughters are competitive athletes who were performing well in training but weren’t able to translate this into competition. I am so glad I did! She immediately put all of us at ease, listened to both the girls and was able to pinpoint the issues very quickly. She then tailored a series of sessions, both individual and joint, that enabled them to successfully address these. She was very skilled at relating to the different ages (8 and 13 years old) and sports (athletics and gymnastics), so much so, that the girls positively looked forward to her visits. The results have been amazing, my eldest has had a season filled with PB’s so far, making two county finals in her first year in the age group and is exceeding her coach’s expectations and my youngest has made huge progress in conquering her competition nerves, making it through to National Finals and staying on the beam! At all times Jo has been extremely personable, professional, flexible and reliable –the results speak for themselves and I would not hesitate to recommend her.

 

Isla, 8-years, Gymnast:

Jo has helped me to overcome my nerves, not just in competition but also in training. I have improved my work because the techniques that Jo has given me really help me believe in myself.

 

Caitlin, 12-years, Sprint Hurdler:

Jo is really friendly and has helped me build my confidence by teaching me to use her techniques. She explains why things are happening in a way that I understand and her techniques are easy to use. I take my sheets with me to competitions to remind me of what we have discussed and to help me focus before my races.  I feel as if I can tell her my worries because I know that she will know how I can overcome them. I am enjoying athletics again and am running much better in competition now because Jo has brought out the best in me.

Kathryn (Mum), Isla (8), and Caitlin (12) Gymnastics and Sprint Hurdling

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