Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

David Charlton

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. 

The conversations that take place after competitive matches or events can often be emotionally charged for the young athlete, parents and coach.  

Yet do you consider the importance of these conversations and the impact this can have on their sporting experience?

This podcast episode is designed to help you take a step back and consider whether your approach is useful.  It will help you start supporting your son or daughter or athletes so that they develop a growth mindset and have healthy self-confidence and self-esteem.

You’ll stop instilling fear to motivate them, you’ll go on to create a safe and supportive environment so that they want to train and compete for themselves.  They’ll also likely go on to play with more freedom and enjoy themselves more too which is what it should be all about when you’re young.

Key Takeaways include:

  • Supporting children to develop the quality of learning orientation will mean that they’ll be more likely to respond positively to challenges or obstacles, seeking the learning from such situations.
  • They’ll place an emphasis on improving their skills.  
  • New experiences and the unexpected they’ll handle well, worrying less than many people. 
  • Do you place too much emphasis on external factors (winning, losing, the scoreboard in your conversations) perhaps start asking some different questions?
  • Do you get caught up in making assumptions around your child’s thinking and pointing things out that may not have happened in their world?

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Useful Podcast Episodes

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

Podcast Ep055: Natalie Henderson, John Fletcher & James Maurice – How to Develop Mental Strength in Young Athletes

Podcast Ep064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers

Podcast Ep067: David Charlton – Supporting Children to Transfer Their Skills from Training to Competition

Podcast Ep074: David Charlton – How Can I Make My Child Feel Confident

Relevant Blogs

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog – 9 Tips for Children from Olympians

Blog 5 Tips for Parents to Help their Children Perform with Confidence

Blog – How to Help Young Footballers Find the Zone

Blog – How do You Give a Young Golfer Self Confidence

Click the button below to join The Sports Psychology Hub a Facebook group that David hosts to help ambitious athletes, serious sport coaches, sporting parents, sports psychologists and mental game coaches to support each other.



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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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