Call for ideas
What issues would you like to see explored in The Mind Room?
Over the course of the last nine months, this newsletter has looked at topics ranging from psychological support for academy players to technology’s role in cognitively training footballers, examining how clubs such as Chelsea and Southampton are putting theory into practice.
I pick these issues because I think they will be of interest to readers, but, beyond kind feedback and website statistics, it’s actually very difficult to tell if I’m hitting the mark. So, in a shorter-than-normal update, I’m asking a simple question: what issues would you like to read about in The Mind Room?
You can leave suggestions in the comments section below or get in touch with me directly (via a LinkedIn or Twitter DM - see the links at the bottom of this post).
Whilst I can’t promise I’ll be able to cover everything or respond to every message (this is a one-man operation and there are limits to what I can do in my spare time), I’ll endeavour to investigate any common threads of concern which emerge and speak to frequently cited teams or people.
With a second baby on the way and time a premium, I’m also open to hearing from readers interested in writing for the newsletter! The only caveat - which I’m hoping you’ll be glad to hear - is that I’m not looking for pitches aimed (however tangentially) at promoting a company or product.
What I’d love to hear about are projects that clubs might be prepared to talk about, upcoming or recently published research that could be spun into an article, or stories based on your own experience of psychology’s impact on football. The recent chat I recorded with Southampton Learning Lab’s John Connolly is, I hope, a great example of what I’m talking about.
I’m happy to help shape the idea and sub-edit the piece (or set up a video/audio interview - it doesn’t have to be a written feature). As you’ll know, this newsletter is free to access, so I’m not able pay contributors, but collaboration does offer an opportunity to raise awareness of an initiative, study or story among an international community of psychologists, coaches, practitioners and academics.
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