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.