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The challenges experienced within Academy environments. So, first of all the transference of the skills that we’re learning in the classroom and back onto the pitch. Are they learning about these mental skills but are they actually using them in training? Using them in their games? So, we need to look at how we can develop that transference better. For example the buy-in from coaches. Coaches attending these sessions has been really beneficial in terms of that challenge and getting them more engaged they can give snippets of information from “hey guys this really does relate to our training session this morning” or “what can we take into our next game on Saturday” those sorts of things are really useful and having the coaches involved.
There’s a few challenges in terms of program structure, various restrictions sometimes sessions are not quite long enough or sessions are in the evenings and it’s quite hard for the players. They’re tired and time for me (lack of) to observe all the training in the game, so that’s something that I will always look to strive to work on.
We need to look at improving delivery of feedback to players. We need to understand the detrimental effects of negative feedback and what that can have on performance. Coaches will quite often automatically say “what were you doing here and why were you doing this?” in analysis but instead we need to be more asking, enquire, describe what your thought process was before you made that tackle, so when we’re focusing on the mistakes just to make sure there is a learning outcome