A 25-year-old PhD researcher with an interest in performance pressure and managing emotions. Sofie delivers the psychological provision for the academy soccer players at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (ages 11-18). She is also a competitive middle-distance runner
1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?
– Paula Radcliffe: My Story So Far
– Gazza: Paul Gascoigne
– Open: Andre Agassi
2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
Being told that I was not academically capable for A-Levels by my maths teacher! Gave me that extra kick to ensure that I not only passed, but was a high achiever! I was in the top 5% of the UK with my psychology A-Level.
3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
You get out what you put in. Ensure you take control of what you want to achieve through hard work, determination whilst staying true to your own values.
Understand peoples story before you draw a conclusion.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?
You are forever learning. Ensure that you use support staff and senior coaches as an ‘experience library’. Its easy to fall into the trap of ‘sitting still’ when you achieve a full-time coaching role.
5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?
I think I am fortunate to be in a position where I have supervisors which I trust both within my applied practice and research. I can hear mis-interpretations of psychology from coaches- in which they expect ‘quick-fixes’ but I cant say I have been given poor advice, as yet!
6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)
My coach Mick Woods. He has coached some of the best runners in the UK and pushes his athletes to be the best they can be. Through his coaching talent and hard-work he has created a climate that breeds an elite mentality and resilience within his athletes. His love and enthusiasm for the sport forever reminds me of why I do the job I do.
7. How would you best define a coach?
An inspirational leader that develops an athlete technically, tactically, physically and psychologically. They develop their support staff and can enhance the belief in their athletes to achieve great things though hard work.
8. What do you do for your own CPD?
I enjoy learning about different sports and I am fortunate at Wolves they provide the provision to be able to do this (e.g british cycling, royal ballet). I try to attend conferences and am currently undergoing the BASES SE to enhance the standard of my applied work through reflective practice.