Jen Lace – Head of Sports Psychology and Personal Development at Nottingham Forest Football Academy previously at Burnley FC.

October 5, 2020

Definitely not a frivolous conversation! Eating disorders, powerful conversations, developing emotional literacy, working under pressure, looking after your well-being are all covered in this free flowing and natural conversation.


Jen also touched on her role as a practitioner and powerfully showed how she has learnt from her past experiences and uses this to inform her life and practice today.

There is something for all listeners as Jen shares many principles and tips to be used in a wide variety of environments.

Making these connections is key and Jen does it brilliantly!


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Success Quote or saying:

  • Generate quality during tiny collisions
  • High performing people know what works for them (Roberto Martinez)
  • Weekly professional reflection log not to get ‘drunk’ on the highs and lows
  • Exercise your chimp and de load
  • Create a voice note to de-load
  • Got to be able to say it from the side-line
  • Can’t influence what I don’t know
  • If we work with the individual it will impact the multiple environments the exist within
  • The importance of getting different things from different relationships


Quick fire questions:

The books (or Podcasts) that you would recommend are?

Doing Sport Psychology by Mark B. Anderson

Psychology in Football: Working with Elite and Professional Players by Mark Nesti

The Learning Scientist Podcast


How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Be strict with your time

Good quality sleep

De-load or an outlet

Have people round you that don’t know your work context


In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t worry about things as much.

Trust the process and have an open mind


Who has made a big impact on you?

Jason Blake

Mark Nesti

Lewis Craig

Ian Jones from Burnley


Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

·       Claire Davidson


Coaching questions I would like to pose:


How do you find talking about both positive and negative emotions and emotional events? What would you best friend or parent say?


How do you create or alleviate pressure situations for yourself and others?


Contact info:


Jennifer Lace



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