I am delighted to report that a collaborative project involving MTOUGH and staff from Liverpool John Moores University has been accepted for publication in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. This paper was based around perceptions of mental toughness from the academy staff of a highly successful Premier League Football club. This is a full-length paper expanding upon the data that I recently presented at the BPS CogDev conference at Reading University. The data provides an insight into how the Academy staff view mental toughness from working with players (before they were successful) that have progressed to the very top of the international game, and also by making comparisons with those that didn’t quite make it in the professional game. Staff also reported some of the approaches taken in order to develop mental toughness in up and coming players. An interesting finding was that it still appears that while psychological support is now commonplace in the professional game, there is a still a lack of provision for developing players. This paper has been a long time in the making. I made a promise to Clive Cook almost four years ago that this paper would be published. There has been a certain level of mental toughness required to persist but we finally got there. Clive, you owe me a drink sometime soon! Many thanks to Jaqui Allen-Collinson for making the difference – now a bona fide member of MTOUGH.
Cook, C., Crust, L., Littlewood, M., Nesti, M., & Allen-Collinson, J. (in press). ‘What it takes’: perceptions of mental toughness and its development in an English Premier League Soccer Academy. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.