Psychological Skills Mentor
Leonie completed her undergraduate degree in Sport Science and Social Science at Loughborough University, followed by a masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology, also at Loughborough, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology with the Open University.
Leonie is a BASES accredited Sport Scientist and has provided applied psychology support to athletes, coaches and teams for 8 years to help to manage their emotions and support their continued development.
Prior to working for Chimp Management, Leonie spent 7 years working for England Athletics, including 3 years in the role of Coach Development Manager where she led on national coach development projects and initiatives seeking to improve the skills and knowledge of coaches at all levels. During this time she worked to increase knowledge and awareness of eating disorders in sport and helped to develop a programme to prepare female coaches for the high-performance environment. Leonie also spent 1 year as a lecturer in Sport Development and Applied Sport Psychology at the University of Northampton.
Leonie currently works with British Equestrian, supporting riders on the Podium Potential programme, whilst also facilitating many of our workshops with clients including British Cycling, Sport Scotland and England Athletics. She has experience across a broad range of sports and also works with individual athletes from a variety of disciplines.
Leonie has a passion for sport and seeks to empower individuals to maximise both enjoyment and potential in their participation.
What Others Say About Leonie Lightfoot
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.
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”.
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I volunteer for First Steps as an Online Befriender so can see first-hand the impact of their work supporting and giving hope to individuals with eating disorders.