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Sam Allardyce

"It's all about self-belief"

Enjoy the journey !

 Winning is fun

Thierry Henry role models as an highly Emotionally Intelligent player. EI allows mental processing to improve decisions and thus performance

Phil has particular expertise in helping players deal with indiscipline.

Phil celebrates with FGR players after their best finish since joining the Conference

"You do not listen to outside influences, you do not listen to speculation. You know you are a good manager, you know what you are doing and you stick to it. You do not let the distractions put you off. When you do, or when the players do, that's when you get poor performances and poor results.

It's all about self-belief.

Sam Allardyce PFA 8.12.07

Sport Psychology Overview

Sport & Exercise Psychologist Phil Johnson B.Sc; C. Psychol;

Dip Psychol Football, Fellow Higher Education Academy


The scientific study of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in relation to either the sport or exercise context. (Shaw 2006). In essence how we process information and how that affects our behaviour. Sport in particular has specific and often high level demands on an athlete or player. Sport psychologists seek to apply validated scientific approaches and their understanding of thinking to support performance or to help recover it when lost or below par.

Individual interventions can take many forms and assessment is a crucial part of the process. If you access my A-Z of interventions on the clinical overview page, this lists 50 options and is by no means exhaustive. This will give some guidance for self analysis as well as which issues an athlete or player may wish to prioritise. After initial contact interventions can be arranged by Phone; Email; Direct meeting. A sliding scale of charges enable time limited as well as open ended interventions and can be set up as a tailor made package.

Specialist areas for me are Professional and amateur football, cricket, skiing, equestrianism, rugby, modern pentahlon, golf and coaching.

Assessment is central to psychology and this can be assisted through personality and performance questionnaires, some on-line.The new Sport Eysenck Cripps (SPEC) analysis will be available from March 2008. Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Sport Values Questionnaire(SVQ) are available on request.

Team Support will depend upon immediate needs in contrast to longer terms developments. Usually teams seek support when performance has spiralled downwards or is stuck at one level. Experience indicates that a variety of factors come into play and not always psychological. My expertise in psychology is supported by specialist knowledge in nutrition and exercise physiology, systems thinking and human communication.

Team support isn't just for players, crucial to the process and long term benefits are the managers and coaching staff, physiotherapists and strength and conditioning staff. Reflective process, objective analysis and optomising performance are not always recognised by management and coaching staff who can be so involved in their tasks that they miss out on performance enhancing opportunities for themselves and how that can provide overwhelming benefits for the team.

Environment and how it impacts upon players and athletes is an important element and variable in how performance is translated through training and competition. Systemic thinking and analysis enables me to assess the simple as well as the complex, in such assessment objectivity is key.

Coach - Athlete relationships. Much has been written about this close and central relationship in sport. My counselling, psychotherapy and social work background along with psychological understanding facilitates high level outcomes from creating a triangular approach to this relationship.

Psychological aspects of recovery from injury. I believe this merits special attention as a broad range of research indicates it is underestimated in its impact. My experience bears out a good deal of research that highlights secondary issues alongside injury such as addiction, eating disorders, lifestyle problems, loss of confidence and not suprisingly, depression. Managing the 'loss' of mobility, team activities, social contact and support are added to the main absence of being able to compete. My experience in nutrition and exercise physiology support my vast experience in assisting people with planning, goal setting and emotional support. Not suprisingly such intervention tends to speed the recovery process.


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Australia's trailblazing rise to the top of world cricket has been characterised largely by three factors; technical brilliance, mental toughness and a commitment to fitness across the board.

Simon timson


"Planning is everything” Eric Cantona
"Life-style is 50% of performance”

Arsene Wenger