Success Stories…

The Martin Effect Can Do For You, What It Did For Them!

Here are a few examples of the sports men and women that I have helped over the recent years.

Lee Grant…Man Of The Match – Manchester United v Stoke City

Spots PsychologyFor a five years now, I have had the privilege of working with goal-keeper Lee Grant. Lee has been one of The Championships top keepers. Due to no fault of his own, Lee lost his place at Derby and went out on loan to Premier League Stoke City.

Within his first two games for Stoke, Lee showed his true ability with a Man Of The Match performance at Old Trafford, Lee is a perfect example of what can happen of you dedicate yourself to both technical and mental development of your game.

What could you achieve with a Lee Grant dedication to improvement?

Bryony Page – Olympic Silver Medallist…After Nearly Giving Up The Sport!…

Bryony Page Gymnastics PsychologyRecently in Rio, English trampolinist Bryony Page won an Olympic Silver Medal. A fantastic achievement. Especially considering that some time ago, Bryony was suffering from a severe case of Lost Move Syndrome.

Lost Move Syndrome occurs to performers in the gymnastic disciplines, when they cannot remember how to complete a move. Usually as a result of a mistake they have made. Its very hard to resolve, and causes many young people to give up their sports.

Bryony called me desperate for help, having exhaused every other avenue. Her confidence was so low she had stopped performing and competing. Within three months after speaking to me, Bryony was not just performing again, but winning the National Championhips at Birmingham.

Now Bryony is an Olympic Silver Medallist. What could you achieve with your confidence restored!

Aaron Ramsey – Inspiring Wales To Glory…

In the 2013-14 football season, experts were describing Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, as the best mid-fielder in Europe. And it was easy to see why. Aaron was dominating Premier League matches with his range of passing, high-energy and composure in front of goal.

He was playing with supreme confidence. The previous season Aaron contacted me with a view to helping him take his game to a level that matched his natural talent.

Aaron’s football development had been hindered by a well documented injury, and he was keen to re-discover the form and fluency that had made him one of the game’s finest young talents.

Aaron’s man of the match performance and winning goal in the 2014 FA Cup Final, was the irrefutable evidence that he had got his confidence back!

Then at Euro 2016, Aaron was one of the players of the tournament, as his influential displays took Wales to the semi-finals!

Ricky Walden – International Champion

Snooker PsychologyIn 2014 Ricky Walden contacted me. A talented snooker player. But one whose career results and trophies didn’t match his skill set.

Within four months of working together, Ricky scooped the biggest prize of his career, defeating Mark Allen to land the £125,000 International Championship in China. His mental strength was visible, as he closed out the final three frames, playing some of the best snooker of his career. What career breakthrough is waiting to happen for you?

Colin Montgomerie Rolls Back The Years…

Colin Montgomerie - Sports PsychologyRyder Cup legend and Golf Hall Of Fame inductee Colin Montgomerie missed the cut at a tournament in India in spring 2013. It was the trigger that led Monty to pick up the phone and seek my advice on how to get him back winning tournaments again.

Within months, Colin had secured his first competitive success in six years, with a ‘rolling back the years’ display to win the Senior Masters at Woburn. Then, in May 2014, Colin finally secured his first ever major in the States, securing the PGA title, on the US Seniors Tour.

If you have missed that winning feeling, lets get you back to your confident best like Monty!

Billy Twelvetrees Puts Quins To The Sword…

Billy Twelvetrees - Sports PsychologyFour seasons ago, Matt O’Connor the Head Coach of Premiership rugby champions Leicester Tigers, invited me to work with young Tigers protegy Billy Twelvetrees.

Billy has been filling in for England international Toby Flood at fly-half, during the internationals. And Matt felt that it would do Billy’s confidence the power of good, to have some input on the mental side of the game.

Shortly after we started work together, Billy put Harlequins to the sword, in an awesome display of place kicking. Landing all of Leicester’s eighteen points, including two penalties landed from well inside his own half. Matt O’Connor described Billy’s display as ‘exceptional’. The Daily Telegraph noted that Billy Twelvetrees had served notice to England coach Martin Johnson. Sky Sports named Billy Man Of The Match, and called him ‘the saviour of Welford Rd’.

Note: Billy made his debut for England at Twickenham on Saturday February 2nd 2013, securing a try in their defeat of Scotland. And then to cap an awesome season, Billy was called up for The British Lions tour of Australia.

What could you achieve with a boost to your confidence?

Charlie Mulgrew Goes From Strength To Strength…

Charlie MulgrewWhen Charlie Mulgrew signed for Glasgow Celtic from Aberdeen, he called me in order to ensure that his confidence matched the level demanded of a Celtic player by the passionate and knowledgeable Parkhead crowd. Charlie needed some mindset work to help him make the adjustment required to become an elite performer.

Since then Charlie has gone from strength to strength, turning in consistent high level performances for both Celtic and Scotland. And Charlie was named Scottish Player Of The Year 2012.

Elite performers require unlimited supplies of confidence. However good you already are, you can never have enough confidence and self-belief!

Glamorgan Win At Lords, For The First Time Since 1954!…

matt maynardMatthew Maynard is the former Head Coach at Glamorgan County Cricket Club. In the 2010 pre-season, Matthew invited me to help with his players mental preparation.

Its been a very long time since Glamorgan won a County Championship cricket match at Lords. Fifty-six years in fact. But that stop situation was finally broken, when the Welsh side crushed Middlesex by seventy-six runs in the second game of the 2010 season.

Glamorgan then followed that success, with a dramatic two-day win at Worcester. The first time they have won a match in two days since 2002! And this is the first time that Glamorgan have won two games in April – ever!

Then Glamorgan crushed Northampton by an innings, to move up to second in the County Championship table. This was followed up another innings win, this time over Gloucestershire. The first time Glamorgan Sports Psychologyhave won successive matches by an innings since 1948.

Then amazingly, Glamorgan set a world record in their next match, a stunning defeat of Leicestershire. Trailing by 125 runs on the first-innings, Glamorgan bowled The Foxes out for only 71 runs. Then went on the get the winning total of 196 runs, without the loss of a wicket. A world-record for a team trailing by such a first-innings deficit.

Glamorgan won only two County Championship matches in 2009. In the 2010 season they won seven matches. A significant improvement. What stop-situation would you like to overcome?

Note: One of the players in that Glamorgan team, seam bowler James Harris, was called up to the England one-day squad in New Zealand in early February 2013.

Tom Maynard (1989-2012) A Warrior Spirit!…

Tom Maynard

Tom Maynard

During my time with Glamorgan CCC, I had the privilege of working with batsman Tom Maynard. Tom left his home county in the winter of 2011 to join Surrey, and it was there that we really developed the cricket psychology work we had begun in Wales.

Tom was a fantastic person to work with. He was very diligent in his mental preparation, ensuring that he was totally focused before every game, every innings. And this professionalism was beginning to show in his game, as his prodigous talent was being matched by application.

When his life was cut short during the summer of 2012, he was knocking on the door of the full England squad, and his game was about to go to another level.

Tom was warm, engaging, generous, honest and marvellous company, and he will be deeply missed.

Arsenal’s Title Challenge Left In Tatters!…

true_story_ff0000Wigan Athletic were in serious relegation trouble at the back end of the 2009-10 season. With the pressure on, manager Roberto Martinez turned to my colleague Gary Leboff and myself for advice.

Within three days the Latics had ruined Arsenal’s title ambitions, coming from two goals down, to secure a momentus three-two victory at the DW Stadium. A result that Sky’s Paul Merson described as ‘a miracle’.

But it wasn’t a miracle. There was a reason that Wigan overcame the Gunners. And that was down to the injection of confidence and belief that Roberto Martinez and his players received.

What ‘miracles’ could you achieve, with an powerful injection of confidence?

Matt Smith Puts Liverpool To The Sword…

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Oldham Athletic’s big striker Matt Smith was needing a boost to his confidence, when he made the step up from non-league football to League One, a few seasons ago.

In late January 2013 in the fourth round FA Cup tie against Liverpool, Matt was man of the match, as he put the Premier League defence to the sword with two goals and an outstanding display leading the line. He looked liked he belonged on the big stage, as he played with total self-belief and confidence.

Then in the last minute of the fifth round tie with Everton, Matt was at it again, as his last minute header earned The Latics a lucrative replay. Outstanding! Then Matt capped an outstanding season, by securing a move to Championship side Leeds United.

If you had a boost to your confidence, what might you be able to achieve?

Izale McLeod Keeps Barnet In The Football League…

Izale Mcleod

Izale Mcleod

As the end of the 2010-11 season drew to a close Barnet’s place in the Football League, hung by the proverbial thread. With only a few games to go, I was called in to help preserve The Bee’s league status. Before a vital away game at Hereford United, I had a one to one conversation with key striker Izale Mcleod who had been suffering a goal drought.

The following day, Izale put Hereford to the sword with a brace of goals that were vital to subsequently keeping Barnet in the league.

If you were at the top of your game, what would be possible for you?

Wes Newton – Champions League Player…

Wes Newton

Wes Newton

In February 2013, Fleetwood’s Wesley Newton makes his debut in darts’ Champions League. It’s been an amazing journey for Wes, from where he was in the lower ranks of the games top thirty, to being one of the best in the world.

Three years ago, Wes called me before the World Championships, looking to develop the consistent confidence to match his undoubted ability and talent.

Since that time, Wes’s career has not looked back, and now he is performing against the best in the game, without a hint of self-doubt!