I want to give due credit to Hugh Gilmore. For the first 3-4 months of management we had consultations before and after most training session and matches, and then just regular communication throughout the rest of the season. I can’t go into everything we talked about as I want to manage again and keep some of it to myself, but the main things were how to communicate with the players and get the message across effectively, how to structure my sessions, identify areas for improvement, measure improvement and even how to phrase my words when talking to players.
Hugh and I discussed, at longer length than Hugh would have probably liked, how to prepare mentally for different types of games, how to deal with fear and how to manage injured players.
Hugh has a great ability to get my own ideas out of me and help me develop them from rough, sometimes muddled thoughts to clear concise and structured solutions and also to analyse my own performance before talking about how players performed.
Finally, the greatest advantage I got from Hugh was improving my own self confidence. As I player I was filled with self-doubt and overly critical of everything I did. It’s completely different now and I wish I had been talking with Hugh when I still played.
All of this was made easy of course by working with the best group of players there is.
I would highly recommend any sports club or sports person get in touch.
Paul Bradley Manager, Ahoghill GAA 2015 League winners
“Thanks to both Hannah and Hugh for extremely professional yet practical and friendly support. As I was preparing for the biggest international competition of my career I was balancing a number of pressures that were affecting my performance and confidence and Hugh was able to help me scale everything back and put things into perspective again. He helped me realise I had a lot of the answers myself, and gave me a number of tools to use as well whenever I did feel like I wasn’t in control of things. It is one thing to be able to know a lot of theory, but a skill to be able to apply it in layman’s terms and one of the key things I think Hugh and Hannah are great at is actually making you realise that the solutions required aren’t necessarily radical, and that the changes required can be achieved through an informal chat and positive, practical interventions.
Hugh’s and Hannah’s support enabled me to maintain focus, and enjoy the event rather than be overwhelmed by it, ultimately allowing me to make a strong, solid contribution to the team and our overall performance.”
Noleen Lennon Commonwealth Games Athlete 2014 and N.Ireland Netballer
“Our weightlifting club has utilised the services of Podium Psychology as both Hugh and Hannah are qualified sports psychologists who also have a strong focus in professional development demonstrated by their current PhD studies and/or employment with national governing bodies. Furthermore both have spent time training and competing in weightlifting and have furthered their sports psychology studies from a weightlifting perspective working with Weightlifting Ireland and also Hugh is now employed with British Weightlifting.
We have held two workshops at our club where they presented material on pre-performance routine (PPR) and also on self efficacy which would also be of benefit to other sports. Both presentations were well researched and informative and it was reassuring we could give credence to drills we currently perform in the club to improve preparation for competitions and to provide a more productive training environment. A number of novel strategies were also discussed to enable our coaches to tailor situations to particular lifters weaknesses.
We would have no reservations about recommending their services to clubs and/or individuals.”
Peter Stewart GoLift Weightlifting Club Coach
“We put a heavy emphasis on mental preparation on both a collective and individual basis. One of the key individual areas we looked at was dead ball kicking. We brought in Hugh Gilmore to work on this area. We looked at both mental and physical routines as well as technique. Our kickers developed their own kicking strategies which added significantly to their conversion rates.”
Anthony McGrath Queen’s University Sigerson Manager & Donegal Minors Performance Coach
“I have used Hugh to improve my own personal performance for about 5 years now, and having worked with many other so called sports psychologists, I have to say Hugh is the real deal. He is brings a no nonsense approach based on methods that are proven to work.”
Dermot McArdle Former Monaghan Footballer, and owner of Gaelic Performance
Hi, my name is Alex Mardan and I am a track& field athlete. Here is my feedback to help other athletes and organisations make a decision and collaborate with a professional sport psych.
I approached Hugh to help me in my attempt to compete in the World Masters Championships in Athletics. From the beginning I felt that Hugh was able to clearly provide a strategic approach to our collaboration, showing great skill in understanding and applying sports psychology to my individual needs, taking in consideration the particularities of my sport. Our collaboration took place during an entire season as neither me or him believe that sport psychology stands as a quick fix for performance but rather we see it as a skill that needs time and work just like any other fitness component. I found his techniques to be useful on a variety of challenges. Hugh helped me to clearly understand and put in practice goal setting, the result being that I was able to create a training programme that was challenging and motivational at the same time. Later in the season Hugh helped me develop a tool in order to deal with training and competition stress. I referred to it as the “StressFigther” and it was a combination of breathing techniques and positive self talk. With regards race tactics and running technique, Hugh helped me to practice effectively, by implementing one of the most used tools in sport psychology, imagery (visualisation) . The practice facilitated a good concentration in competitions and enabled me to learn to attend relevant cues prior executing the race. I highly recommend working with Hugh to my fellow athletes, coaches, parents or team managers and to all willing to achieve their best athletic performance using mental skill training consultation delivered by an accredited specialist .
Alex Mardan achieved a 7th place finish in the World Masters Indoor 400m, Alex also has held National records and represented Romania at the world championships as well as being a highly experienced athletics coach.