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Nominated Charity

First Steps ED

Leonie Lightfoot


Leonie is a BASES accredited Sport Scientist and has been providing applied psychology support to athletes, coaches and teams for 10 years to help manage their emotions and maximise their enjoyment and potential. At Chimp Management Leonie works predominantly in Olympic sport, supporting riders on the World Class Programme at British Equestrian Federation on their journey towards Tokyo 2020. Leonie also works with University of Bristol Sport as a Performance Psychologist.
Leonie also currently provides consultancy to a number of individual clients from grass roots to elite level, across a broad variety of sports including athletics, gymnastics, equestrian, hockey, netball and golf and also outside of sport to improve quality of life.
Leonie regularly delivers presentations and facilitates workshops for clients in sport, corporate and education settings. Recent examples of this work includes British Cycling, Sport Scotland, Isle of Man Sport, Royal Ballet School, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Police Now. Leonie is an accredited advisor for UK Anti-Doping and also volunteers as a befriender for First Steps, a charity offering hope, opportunities and choices for lives affected by eating disorders.
Prior to working for Chimp Management, Leonie spent 7 years working for England Athletics, including 3 years in the role of Coach Development Manager leading on national coach development projects and initiatives. Leonie also spent 1 year as a lecturer in Sport Development and Applied Sport Psychology at the University of Northampton.


Just a note to thank you for your excellent, insightful and entertaining presentation you did for us on Friday afternoon. We were so glad you made it despite the atrocious weather. I do hope you got home safely.
I have had uniformly excellent comments and feedback on how good you were and how
lucky we were to have you speak.

– James Dougherty, Consultant Anaesthetist

NHS Wales

“Leonie delivered a really engaging presentation for the Isle of Man Sport Lecture 2016 at the Gaiety theatre.  There were around 350 people in the audience who were all captivated by what was a complex subject, simplified superbly with the easy to understand chimp model.  Leonie brought sincerity and humour to her delivery which was well received by all.  I was delighted to have Leonie return the next day to deliver a short workshop for our local sports coaches.  She was able to guide the group through valuable reflections of the previous presentation and embellish the model further.   Leonie facilitated group work exploring how, as coaches we can help manage ourselves emotionally and also how we can support our athletes to manage their emotions and decision making to aid enjoyment of sport and maximise our chances for success and development.  “I would highly recommend Leonie and the services of Chimp Management to anyone looking to improve their mind management skills”.

Isle of Man Sport