Reflections on consulting in elite youth male English cricket and soccer academies

Jamie Barker, Paul McCarthy, Chris Harwood

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This article shares a joint reflection of two psychoeducation programmes delivered to boys aged 13 to 18 years at two professional academies – cricket and soccer. These season-long programmes followed a cognitive-developmental framework, changing and adapting cognitive-behavioural techniques to benefit elite youth athletes. Initial elements of the programme focused on the 5C’s: commitment, communication, concentration, control, and confidence (Harwood, 2008) which also included team building sessions and one-to-one consultations. Feedback from players and academy directors revealed that the work was suitable and effective for their needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-74
Number of pages17
JournalSport and Exercise Psychology Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011


  • sport psychology
  • reflection
  • professional practice
  • youth sport


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