Sport Psychology

What we think and how we feel ultimately affect how we behave, or in the case of sport, perform. Sport psychology is a branch of psychology which is primarily concerned with, but not limited to, enhancing sporting performance. This can be done by targeting what, and how, we think and feel to maximize outcomes.

Aspire Academy’s Sport Psychology team works with adolescent student-athletes ranging in age from 12 to 18 in athletics, table tennis, fencing, shooting, squash, golf, swimming and the Foundation Year Program.

Deriving much of their influence from cognitive, behavioral and humanistic psychology, the sport psychologists strive to develop Aspire’s student-athletes through a unique, eclectic approach, encompassing traditional methods, cutting-edge technology and innovative practice, while simultaneously being mindful of local culture.

The ultimate aim is for student-athletes to graduate with strong self-regulation skills and be equipped with the necessary mental skills to cope with sport competition, training, and general life challenges. As active members of multi-disciplinary service teams, the sport psychologists collaborate in an interdisciplinary way with coaching, sport science and medical professionals to help student-athletes reach their potential. Research is also carried out in this section which is both applied and relevant to core business.

Major Projects

  • Sport psychological testing and servicing across several sports provided at Aspire Academy.
  • Provision of psychological support to long-term injured athletes.
  • In the process of acquiring a mindroom for advanced psycho-physiological testing and training.


Conor Kilgallen

Senior Sport Psychologist / Acting Head of Sport Psychology

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