James is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist registered with the HCPC and is based at the University of Bath. Within his role, he provides psychological support to a wide range of athletes, student-athletes, and staff across the campus, many of whom are TASS athletes. Alongside my role, he is undertaking a Professional Doctorate aiming to further current understanding of effective sport psychology support provision within university settings.

What role has TASS played in your development as a practitioner?

“Practitioner development is an ongoing pursuit, and over the past few years TASS has provided me with countless opportunities to further my professional development, develop my skillset, and further my knowledge in support of talented athletes. These have ranged from NGB practitioner information days, organised conferences and the offer of funding towards personal CPD, which helps me to undertake DProf study alongside my current role. In addition to this, the benefits of TASS support extend to having a network of practitioners to be able to share ideas, expertise, and developments with.

“At the start of my current role, I was halfway through undertaking the British Psychological Society’s Stage Two Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP). Working alongside TASS during this time helped me to complete it and gain Chartered status within the BPS and registered with the HCPC alongside providing support to student athletes at the University of Bath.

“For me, my favourite aspect of being a TASS practitioner is working with a wide range of athletes based across a diverse set of sports. First and foremost, it is great to see athletes achieve in both sporting and academic settings, especially given the level of dedication required to undertake a dual career pursuit, and the challenges that some face along the way.

“Supporting student athletes is a rewarding experience and frequently creates opportunities for me to develop my practice and encourages me to continually find ways to help athletes use sport psychology in a consistent and impactful way.”

What would be your wish for the next generation of talented athletes?

“I hope that the next generation will work towards developing themselves holistically, to enable them to be successful in sport, education, and the rest of their lives.”

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