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Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Workshop and AGM

Psychological Legacies: Podium, Performance and Participation

Tuesday 16th December 2014 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

A “Legacy” is simply defined as, ‘something that is left behind’ and could be considered at a myriad of levels, including societal, organisational, client-centred, or personal. This workshop brings together a series of diverse sessions shining the spotlight across and beyond the spectrum of sport and exercise, from podium, to business performance and physical activity participation. These diverse sessions are intended to appeal to a wide range of members of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. With each session representing a unique perspective on practice, delegates will be encouraged to reflect on both explicit and implicit legacies and to translate reflections to their own practice where applicable.

The aim of the workshop is to present a series of sessions that collectively examine applications of sport psychology from performance to participation.

Who is the course intended for?

This DSEP-subsidised workshop is intended for any member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology, with a particular emphasis on Stage 2 candidates.

Bookings closed at 17.00 on Friday 12th December.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Tuesday 16th December 2014

A more detailed agenda can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

11:15Making Boats Go Faster or Stopping them Going Slower? - Chris Shambrook
12:15Lunch & AGM/supervisees forum - Dr Moira Lafferty
13:15The Value of Performance Psychology Principles Outside of Sport - Chris Shambrook
14:15The Real Olympic Legacy: Making it Easier to be Physically Active Every Day - Dr Rob Copeland
15:15Refreshment Break
15:45Increasing Children’s Physical Activity: A Case Study of the Sport For Life Olympic Legacy Programme - Dr Gavin Breslin
16:45Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr Gavin Breslin

Dr. Gavin Breslin was awarded his PhD in Psychology from Queen’s University, Belfast. After spending two years as a researcher in the Health Promotion Agency, in 2007 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at Ulster where he contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research, community outreach and consultancy. Gavin is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Course Director of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the Ulster Sport Academy. Gavin is a British Psychological Society Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, a registered practitioner of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), a committee member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the British Psychological Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Gavin’s research has spanned two areas of psychology, motor cognition and physical activity, health and wellbeing in children. Gavin leads a healthy lifestyle programme across the island of Ireland called Sport For Life (SFL) that targets children from social and financial disadvantage. Gavin will be sharing his experiences of the programme in his talk.

Dr Robert Copeland CPsychol

Dr Robert Copeland is a Reader in physical activity and health and Chartered Psychologist (BPS, HCPC) at The Centre for Sport & Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University. Rob's specific area of expertise is sport and exercise psychology, with his current research and consultancy portfolio focusing on designing physical activity and behaviour change interventions in public health.

Rob is also project manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games legacy programme 'The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine' (NCSEM) in Sheffield. The NCSEM work includes the co-location of clinicians, researchers, patients and sport and exercise specialists to test the model of exercise as medicine, as well as exploring broader whole systems approaches to increasing physical activity. A particular context of interest is the workplace, which is manifest in Rob's role as population health lead for the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network programme to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff.

In other areas, Rob has worked as a psychologist within a wide range of professional sports including downhill mountain biking, golf, football, tennis and snooker. Rob has also worked with chief executives and senior manager's applying sports psychology techniques to a business environment to improve performance under pressure.

Chris Shambrook

Chris has been working as a sport psychologist since 1996. During that time he has had the opportunity to consult with many highly successful individuals and organisations. Within sport Chris is currently carrying out consultancy work with the highly successful Great Britain Olympic Rowing Team, a role that he has held since 1997. Chris has consulted at the last four Olympic
Games with the Great Britain Rowing Team, culminating in the outstanding success of the London 2012 Rowing Regatta that saw Team GB’s first gold of the home Olympics, the first ever gold medal for British Women Rowers and a team haul of nine Olympic medals (4 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze).
Chris has also worked extensively in business and in is the Director of Performance at PlanetK2, consulting at all levels of K2’s customers. The focus of this corporate work being based on the same principles of success that delivers gold medals in the sporting world. Chris has recently finished developing a new concept, Performance Intelligence®, a tool which provides the basis for a new approach to coaching within the business world and has co-authored K2’s first book ‘Perform: How to get better at what you do by obsessing over the right things.’

Dr Moira Lafferty

Moira is one of the Deputy Heads of the Department at University of Chester and oversees the Postgraduate Taught Courses. She is a chartered psychologist, associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist. She is a full member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology and holds the position of Chief Supervisor/ Registrar. She is a RAPPS registered Supervisor and chartered scientist. Moira is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and approved PhD. supervisor. Her main teaching areas are research methods and social psychology. Moira’s research interests span three broad streams; sport and exercise psychology, research methods, and teaching and learning in higher education. Her research interests in sport and exercise psychology centre specifically on the role of psychological skills in peak performance, the ‘hot house’ syndrome, parent-child relationships and team formation and success.


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE

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