ianmitchell9
Wales

Bio: I am currently Products, Partners and Research Lead for People and Team development (Performance psychology) at The Football Association. Previously I was the Performance Psychologist for an English Premier League Club and for Wales National Senior team (European Qualification campaign, European Tournament in France, World Cup Qualification campaign). Previously I was a Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology in the Cardiff School of Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Having experienced professional football as a player I work predominantly with coaches and players in all performance-related areas from Academy to Senior and International levels. Over the last decade I have been fortunate to educate coaches through both UEFA Professional and Advanced courses in Wales and deliver on areas that include resilience, leadership, coach behaviour, mentoring and psychological aspects of performance. My role in Higher Education over the last 17 years has allowed me to teach across undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in sport science and I currently supervise some excellent doctoral candidates that focus on life skills development and resiliency in youth football, social support, social identity and leadership, and emotional intelligence in coach mentoring. As a practising football coach I was a coach for National development teams and worked alongside some experienced and innovative coaches. This has been an invaluable experience where I have been able to bridge the gap between sports science theory and practice whilst challenging those around me. I worked within the technical staff at the EPL club and the National team which enabled me to work closely with management, coaches, and support staff together with players on one-to-one, units, and whole squad settings.

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