Taking a holistic approach to the development of our Talent Pathway athletes Here at Boccia England, we’re committed to taking a holistic approach to the development of our Talent Pathway athletes. We’ve invested in this area by providing all Talent Pathway members with an opportunity to access direct mental health support, via a clinical psychologist. Connor Grant, a Sports and Exercise Psychology Consultant from Southampton Solent University, has been working with our England Performance Group (EPG). Connor has run 1:1 sessions with the EPG coaches, to give them the tools to support their athletes as they prepare to get back on court after more than a year away. He has also run sessions with the EPG athletes themselves, helping them prepare mentally for boccia performance. Connor said, “I place immense value in the importance of mental health within my applied practice and day-to-day working philosophy. I believe performance mastery and goal attainment rarely exists without an equilibrium of healthy mind and body. The expression that we can’t ‘pour from an empty cup’ has always resonated deeply with me, and I consistently look to impart this message onto my athletes, colleagues and just as importantly; to myself.” Dr Jo Wood, a clinical and sport psychologist, has been working with our Pathway athletes and coaches to raise awareness of the importance in maintaining good mental health. Dr Jo has provided group and 1:1 sessions for any pathway athletes, coaches, and support staff that require support.