Underpinned by our pioneering strengths-based approach to athlete development our strengths toolkits equip schools and community sport clubs with the tools, education, support and insight required to power their athletes potential.
What makes a model athlete?
We've built a clear picture of the mental and behavioural strengths modelled by athletes who successfully develop to the world-class level. Collectively, these development strengths provide the building-blocks from which to shape athletes who display the resilience, intelligence, self-management, drive and fortitude required to realise their potential.
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We've also built a clear picture of the key strengths underpinning optimal development environments. Collectively, these environment strengths dynamically work together to provide the optimal conditions to effectively nurture an athlete’s potential through each key stage along the development pathway. For this reason, we believe that model athletes are built through model environments.
What is a strengths-based approach?
All too often in sport young athletes focus their attention on improving their weaknesses, deficiencies or shortcomings and - in doing so - tend to lose sight of the positive attributes that are naturally strong within them.
Based on our extensive research and practice in elite sport we believe that when it comes to developing people, there is more to be gained by building on their existing strengths than on trying to make good their weaknesses.
Driven by this belief, our game-changing strengths-based approach to athlete development flips the script by switching the focus from what's 'wrong' to what's 'strong'.
By creating development environments that empower athletes to discover the strengths they express most naturally, they begin to view themselves from a strong and positive perspective.
As the building-blocks of a strong mental game, when athletes learn to harness and activate these strengths in combination at the right time they also provide a powerful source of competitive advantage by optimising their performance and overall development.
Underpinned by our research and applied practice in elite sport, strengths toolkits have been designed to equip athlete pathways with range of strengths-based development tools, educational resources and unique development opportunities that engage all key stakeholders (athletes, coaches, parents) in pro-active, evidence-based activities geared towards positively shaping athletic potential via a strengths-based approach.
Ways a strengths toolkit can add value to your athlete pathway
Helps athletes identify and better connect with their own unique development strengths
Helps coaches discover, build and activate their own strengths and those of their athletes
Provides actionable insights to optimise your athletes' development experience
Empowers athletes with the practical knowledge to start playing to their strengths
Helps sport parents optimise
their influential role in the development process
Helps athletes tune up their performance from a biopsychosocial perspective
What's included in our toolkits?
Our strengths toolkits come equipped with a range of research-driven development tools that have been carefully designed to help athletes realise their potential from an aligned and integrated key stakeholder perspective. Upon completion, each tool provides instant on-screen feedback and generates a personalised profile report.
tools for athletes
This tool is designed to help athletes aged 13+ identify and better connect with their unique development strengths
This tool is designed to help athletes identify ways they can tune-up their performance from a biopsychosocial perspective
tools for coaches
This tool is designed to help coaches identify and better connect with their own unique development strengths
This tool is designed to help coaches evaluate their athletes core, active, emergent & inactive development strengths
tools for sport parents
This tool is designed to help sport parents identify and better connect with their child's unique development strengths
tools for athletic directors
This tool is designed to help AD's assess the benchstrength of their athletes' development experience based on 9 core environment strengths
What we provide to help you get the most out of your toolkit
Check out the four core pillars of our strengths toolkits.
A dedicated onboarding coach to help get you set-up & walk you through your custom toolkit
Exclusive opportunities for world-class development experiences for athletes, coaches and sport parents
Access to our strengths community, expert webinars, psych support & regular check-ins to track impact
Exclusive opportunities for data-driven analytics & actionable insights at a team, club or program level
World-class education and support to help level-up everyone's game
As well as access to our powerful suite of development tools, our strengths toolkits offer exclusive member benefits that include a wide-range of FREE and discounted world-class development experiences that have been carefully designed for all key stakeholders to level-up their game.
20% OFF personalised expert-led strengths profile reviews
30% OFF Development Strength 101 eTraining workshops
FREE DX BenchStrength insight and action-planning consultation
20% OFF performance psychology needs assessments
20% OFF personalised expert-led Perform360° profile reviews
20% OFF GROWTH coaching discovery consultations
FREE sign-up to our peer-to-peer strengths community
VIP invites to our regular expert strengths-based webinars
Meet the world-leading research team behind our world-class tools
To provide world-class development experiences we believe it’s key that our team are world-class practitioners. Learn more about the pioneering research team whose strengths-based research in elite sport underpins our evidence-based tools and solutions.
Prof. Joanne Butt Ph.D., C.Psychol.
Professor of Sport Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Joanne currently works as a Professor of Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Sport & Exercise Sciences in the UK. Joanne completed her MSc and PhD at Miami University and is a chartered sport and exercise psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). With over 20 years teaching and applied experience, Joanne has delivered sport and performance psychology support to a wide-range of elite athletes and teams across a variety of levels including Team GB Olympians, Olympic coaches, NCAA and Varsity student-athletes and elite youth footballers. Joanne’s research focuses on the key psychological constructs that impact on athletes’ and coaches’ development and performances.
Dr. Andrew Mills Ph.D., C.Psychol.
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Before founding ModelAthlete® Andrew worked as a lecturer, researcher and talent development consultant at Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Sport & Exercise Science (CSES) in the UK. Holding an MSc and PhD in sport & performance psychology, Andrew has carried out research and consultancy for a wide-range of elite sport organisations to help optimise their athlete development pathways and has over 10 years experience working individually with athletes to help them realise their potential athletically and personally. He also works with coaches and sport parents to optimise their respective roles in the development process. Andrew’s published research focuses on the individual and environmental strengths that interact to facilitate optimal performance and development.
Prof. Ian Maynard Ph.D., C.Psychol.
Head of School of Sport
Essex University, UK
Ian currently works as Head of School and Professor of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science at the University of Essex in the UK. Ian holds an MSc and PhD in sport psychology and is a chartered sport and exercise psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). With over 30 years teaching and applied experience, Ian has delivered sport and performance psychology support to a wide-range of elite athletes and teams across a variety of levels including Team GB Olympians, Olympic coaches, Premier League referees and world-class rugby and cricket players. Ian is also the current Editor of the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action and sits on the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The TAG is responsible for strategic direction and monitoring the operational management of the EIS.
You're in elite company
Our world-class team have carried out research and consultancy for a wide-range of elite sport and educational organisations.
Score a FREE strengths toolkit for a limited time
In these challenging times with all the uncertainty in the world right now we want to help athletes focus on positive ways they can continue to nurture their potential both athletically and personally. To help make this happen we are offering clubs and schools with FREE toolkits for a limited time. If you're keen to learn more simply schedule a discovery chat with our team.