As part of our research series, we're showcasing some of the research projects produced by both UCFB students and staff members.

For his third-year research project, BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology graduate Louis Sharp explores what academy coaches portray as psychological stressors for their players, whilst establishing what measures are in place, in addition to what could be implemented further by both clubs and the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan).

The conclusion from the project can be viewed below:

  • Coaches often struggled to find the fine margin between positivity and realism when working with both players and parents within an academy.
  • If the Premier League (EPPP) were to implement their own workshops separately for both players and parents it would aid this issue as well as ensuring all academy players across the country got the same appropriate psychological support.
  • It is clear that both clubs and the Premier League need to produce appropriate exit routes and support mechanisms for those players released.

Click here to view Louis' full research poster.