Supporting Children to Transfer their Skills from Training to Competition

Supporting Children to Transfer their Skills from Training to Competition

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 today’s episode I answer a popular question that I get asked from parents of young athletes.   “My daughter can perform really well when she practises or trains but when she competes she often looks like a different person and freezes.  How can I help her?” 

I go onto explain that there are many complexities which surround this question from cultures and environments set up, coach or parent interference or pressures, outside pressures in education and home life.  I also share 3 tips to help children who face these challenges.  Enjoy listening.

Key Learning Points:

  • Children can often focus too much on what their friends, parents and coaches think.  This often means that they go on to play their sport in fear, they hide, freeze or they may get frustrated or angry.
  • Coaches and parents should consider using a highly supportive approach free from blaming and shaming.
  • Parents and coaches should display compassion helping young athletes to identify problems.
  • Supporting youngsters to focus on what they do at their best when they’re playing their sport is a useful solution, and then setting mini process goals accordingly.
  • Help children to recognise when their self-talk is negative and supporting them to restructure those thoughts.

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To Listen to Podcasts Episodes related to Youth Sport

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Podcast Ep039: John Fletcher – How to Develop Fearless Athletes

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

Podcast 064: Edu Rubio – How to Support Young Footballers

Helpful Blogs

5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

How to Help Young Footballers Find The Zone

5 Reasons Why Being Released from a Football Academy is Difficult

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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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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