Autumn Expert Talk Series has landed

Following the success of last year’s free Autumn expert talk series from the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity, we are pleased to announce that the team are back, delivering more knowledge and insights on creating winning teams and individual performances.  

These expert talks will be focused on the different aspects of sport performance and sport psychology, explaining how through sport science and sport psychology, individual and teams have raised their 'A' game.

Taking place on Parkwood Campus, the talks will be hosted by members of the University College’s School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity, the line-up includes Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology, Stewart Cotterill, Sport and Exercise Scientist, Phill Heritage and Sport Psychologist Dr Ana Soares.  

The first talk is 'kicked off' by Phill Heritage. During this talk Phill will reflect on his experiences during the last year, working with the GB Para Nordic Ski and Armed Forces Para Snowsport teams as they restructure in preparation for the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022.  Phill will outline some of the key physiological differences between able-bodied and amputee athletes, talking through the classification system and explain the demanding physical requirements of the sport. The talk will also highlight a variety of participation options available in adapted sport, and offer insights to the breadth of roles athlete support personnel have to perform during sports camps, and when competing.

Talk: Preparing for the Olympics Beijing 2022
Date: Wednesday 9th October 2019
Time: 18:45 - 19:30

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Professor Stewart Cotterill follows in the series with 'Preparing individuals and teams to perform under pressure'. The talk will delve into the subject of effective preparation, sharing advice on approaches and techniques coaches and athletes can use to enhance their performance.   In this inaugural lecture Stewart will summarise some of the highlights of his sport and performance psychology research and applied work to date, and how this research has been applied to enhance performance for both individual and team performance in sports including cricket, rugby union, football, athletics and golf.

The final part of the lecture will explore Stewart’s plans for future research to further enhance team and individual performance.

Talk: Preparing individuals and teams to perform under pressure
Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Time: 18:45 - 19:30

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In our final talk, "Applying Sport Psychology in Professional Football and Tennis", Dr Ana Soares will address the belief that 90% of performance can be mental.  She will be discussing how sport psychologists work with professional athletes, giving particular focus to her work with 'Barcelona Total Tennis' and 'Southampton Football Club'. This talk is aimed at anyone (be they athletes, coaches, officials, students looking at studying in this arena or parents) interested in understanding what sport psychologists actually do to enhance performance.

Talk: Applying Sport Psychology in Professional Football and Tennis
Date: Wednesday 6th November
Time: 18:45 - 19:30

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*The image is from an expert talk on 12 March 2019, where AECC University College welcomed Premier League star striker Callum Wilson onto campus in the first of their Spring Expert Talk Series. The free talks (#AECCTalks) aim to educate and inspire the local community through a variety of health related topics. Read more