On Saturday 5th October, the EIS was delighted to host aspiring Performance Lifestyle practitioners at Lilleshall National Sports Centre for the latest edition of Skills4PerformanceLifestyle.
Made up of attendees from the EIS’ earlier Skills4Performance 2019 workshop as well as new successful applicants, Skills4PerformanceLifestyle has become an integral part of the Performance Lifestyle team’s calendar; Head of Performance Lifestyle Jo Harrison pointed out that ”Performance Lifestyle doesn’t have any defined entry route; there is no directly related undergrad degree, so the Skills4Performance series has become really important in developing our practitioner pathway and providing potential PL practitioners with an insight in to the discipline and what it’s like to practice in a high performance environment.”
Across the one day event, attendees were given the chance to see what PL support across an athlete’s journey looks like, as well as how to support the educational needs and demands of athletes across age ranges, showcasing some of the mental health and well-being work that has recently taken place in one of the sports the EIS works with. The afternoon focussed on development coaching skills, with lots of interactive activities and opportunities to try the skills out in practice.
The day was designed and delivered by the EIS’ Performance Lifestyle Technical Leads (Dawn Airton, Marcia Bailey, Natalie Vickers, Jane Holden), as well as two PL advisors who provided extra insight via their on the ground experience (Emma Groome from Canoeing and Helen Ferguson from Rowing, Boccia, and Para Shooting).