Free webinar: Sports psychology for cycling coaches

Free webinar: Sports psychology for cycling coaches

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British Cycling and TrainingPeaks are delighted to announce the second free coaching webinar, Sports Psychology for Cycling Coaches, on Thursday, 30 January at 8pm (GMT).

Understanding and being able to influence behaviour is one of the most important roles of every coach, whether in a group coached session or working with individual riders. Coaches can learn a great deal on how to do so through sports psychology.

In this webinar, Dr Jamie Barker, an Associate Professor in Applied Performance Psychology at Staffordshire University, and Dr Andy Kirkland, a Coaching and Education Officer at British Cycling, will provide an introduction to the role of psychology in coaching practice. They will discuss:

  • The role of coaching in influencing behaviour.
  • Understanding ‘self’ as a starting point to understanding others.
  • Introducing core psychological skills, such as motivation, developing and maintaining confidence.

What is a webinar?

We’ve received feedback from coaches suggesting that finding time to take advantage of learning opportunities challenge of time. A webinar is simply an online conferencing service, which overcomes that challenge by allowing coaches to attend a workshop from wherever they have an internet connection. Attendees can pose questions to presenters during the presentation, using a messaging service or Twitter.

About TrainingPeaks

TrainingPeaks is the leading provider of cutting-edge software to coaches and riders to meet their training and fitness goals. TrainingPeaks software is an important tool used by the Great Britain Cycling Team to optimise training programmes. The software has also been adapted to serve the needs of cycling enthusiasts, whether the goal is to complete a local sportive or an ultra-endurance mountain bike race.

About the presenters

Jamie is a registered sport and exercise psychologist with more than 15 years of applied practice in a number of sports and with major global corporations on performance psychology. Jamie has published and presented extensively in the area of sport psychology.

Andy is a British Cycling Coaching and Education Officer and Level 3 Cycling Coach. He is also an accredited sport and exercise physiologist, who has worked with coaches and athletes from grassroots to elite level.

Further information

If you would like to sign up to the webinar, please click here

Please note:

  • When you sign up to the webinar, it will indicate the time as 1pm to 2pm MST. This is the same as 8pm to 9pm GMT.
  • Please register for the Webinar, even if you can’t make it and we’ll email you to let you know when the Webinar is available to watch on YouTube.

We’d also like to hear from you if you have any questions for the expert panel. Please email them to us on or tweet your question to @bccoaches and the hashtag #coachingwebinar.

British Cycling is planning further webinars in 2014, so please let us know if there are any topics you would like us to cover. More information about British Cycling’s Coaching department.