Who we are

Professor Chris Harwood

As a leading academic and practitioner at Loughborough University, Professor Chris Harwood has worked within applied sport psychology and sport science for over 20 years. As a BPS chartered psychologist and registered sport psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), he devotes a special interest to the development and well-being of young athletes. He has previously served as lead psychologist for Nottingham Forest FC and the Lawn Tennis Association, and continues to coordinate and advise on the psychology support provision for a number of club and centre academy programmes in the UK. As a former national-level tennis player and head coach, Chris’ mission through the 5Cs framework is to help coaches, parents and players both understand and work together on optimising the sport experience and its impact on our lives.

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson, MSc, is an UEFA A-license football coach who has worked at several football clubs at youth and senior level. He is currently the Assistant National Team Manager and Head of Player Development for The Cook Islands Football Association. Alongside this, Richard is actively involved with the Football Association as a licensed tutor for their psychology development courses for coaches, and has previously helped to produce a range of psychology-based education resources focused on the application of psychological skills in team environments, through the work of the coach. Richard is a former student within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, graduating with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Loughborough University

This project has been made possible by funding from Loughborough University, the premier sport university in the UK. The university values developing people through sport, and supporting the health, well-being and performance of athletes nationally and internationally through its research, teaching and coaching. This initiative represents a social enterprise focused on helping all coaches, parents and athletes to thrive in their sporting environments by focusing on key psychological and social skills.