Jo has extensive experience of working with junior athletes, from 8 years upwards; 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. Strategies learned in these sessions can be looked upon as ‘life skills’, transferable to broader life areas, such as: Managing dual demands of school-work and sport/extra-curricular activities; 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, schools, and colleges. All sessions are tailored and age/learning appropriate, utilising fun practical activities. 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 between 30 – 60 minutes, and Jo is used to helping apprehensive juniors feel at ease. Initially, Jo will be keen to hear about your child’s sporting experiences, your parental observations, and what you want to achieve as a team. Sessions will then include practical mental tools and strategies, which Jo will encourage juniors to practise and parents/guardians to support their child with. In this way, it is important to work together as a team, and Jo often builds in sessions with athletes and parents together, to develop positive communications, support, and competition day routines. 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 office, or potentially at your family home or sports club, geography-dependent. Jo also works online via video call with some juniors, for example those who are at boarding school. Evening and Sunday afternoon sessions can be arranged around school hours.