How to Help Footballers Who Have Been Released – Part One

How to Help Footballers Who Have Been Released – Part One

By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

  • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
  • Maintain positive mental health
  • Compete with confidence more often
  • Manage your emotions better
  • Improve your commitments levels

David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

In this solo episode I discuss an obstacle many of our clients come across, being released from football clubs. This episode is part one, of a two part series designed to give players, coaches and parents of players some ideas on how the mentally tough player would view the situation. I also share 4 ideas and a number of resources that can help players who are finding this period difficult.  

Key Learning Points

  1. Try to keep the situation in proportion.
  2. See the setback as an opportunity to develop yourself.
  3. Deal with the situation the best you possibly can. 
  4. Accept that there are better ways of doing things and be open to exploring different options.

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Ep027: Natalie Henderson – How to Develop Mental Toughness with Young Footballers

Ep049: James Maurice – How Does Sport Psychology in Elite Football Academies Help 

Ep064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers

Ep086: David Charlton: Observations: How to Learn from Setbacks

Ep113: The Relationship Between Mental Fitness, Mental Health and Mental Toughness

Relevant Blogs and Resources

Gibbs Reflective Cycle

4 Powerful Questions when Dealing with Challenging Situations

Blog: 3 Tips to Help You Overcome Setbacks

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment



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David Charlton

Best Wishes 

David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 


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