An opportunity to learn from the experts on improving performance –on the sports field, in the office, and in life – is to be held in Portsmouth.

The British Psychological Society-run conference on sport and exercise psychology in action is open to all, including psychologists, teachers, sports coaches, managers and people interested in wellbeing.

The conference next Wednesday, October 10.aims to pick up on the momentum of the Olympics and Paralympics and allow people from various disciplines to apply the skills the elite use to win.

Organiser Alan Gilbert, of the University of Portsmouth, said: “What the speakers have in common is an understanding of how to develop the motivation, focus and capability of elite sports teams and individuals to optimise performance. We can learn from the psychologists how it is possible to transfer theses skills to our own lives.

“Many of the speakers have come straight from the Olympics and Paralympics where they worked as elite coaches, but the event is broader. One of the speakers will discuss exercise for cancer rehabilitation and another will speak about what goes on in the minds of endurance long-distance sailors. There will be sessions to interest a wide cross-section of people.”

The event is being held at the Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road in the city from 9am until 5.30pm.

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