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Leonie Lightfoot

Psychological Skills Mentor

Nominated Charity

First Steps ED

About Leonie


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.

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