I have just discovered the Hockey Performance Academy – which is worth checking out if you have’t heard of it before.
It’s run by international hockey player Lauren Penny and offers mentor and training programmes to hockey players at all levels, although she has particular expertise at helping elite juniors.
Lauren Penny, South African international hockey player
Lauren has developed a bespoke training system designed to help hockey players improve their performance so they can take their game to the next level. It covers the mental side of the game as well as fitness and can run alongside a players own training programme with their club or country.
I’ve recently been working with Lauren on some of the content marketing, blogging and copywriting and am picking up some fascinating insights as the project progresses.
She talks about failure and nerves on the pitch a lot – apparently one of the biggest blocks to high performance is what’s going on in your mind. She helps players quiet the negative thinking and move forward to another mental level.
One of her key messages is not getting too hung up when you mess up on the pitch. Rather than seeing a mess up as as disaster you need to reframe it and see it as a learning point for what you need to improve.
She works one-to-one with players through a module and mentor programme and it’s well worth checking out if you are looking to really improve your game.