The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences


Chris Harwood

Division of Psychology

Roles in the Division




Dr Chris Harwood FBASES


Dr Richard Thelwell FBASES

Deputy Chair

Dr Zoe Knowles FBASES

CPD Representative

Dr John Perry

Membership Representative

Division Day

BASES ‘Free to Members’ Psychology Division Day

Liverpool John Moores University

Wednesday 26th April

**Please note no catering supplied throughout the day**

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9.00 Registration and workshop ‘sign up’ open. Workshops allocated strictly on first come first served basis.

James Parsons Building Foyer area.

Starbucks coffee shop and Social Zone Café adjacent to reception area open from approx. 8.15 for breakfast.

9.45 – LJMU welcome/Division led session James Parsons Upper Lecture Theatre

10.45 Keynote - Promoting autonomous exercise in a secure mental health setting

Speakers: Alan Jones and Flo Kinnafick

The joint key note will discuss the following areas:

  • The key barriers to exercise in the unique setting of a secure mental health service
  • Practical considerations to overcoming barriers from an exercise psychology perspective
  • The role of psychology in exercise interventions for mental health in secure settings

Alan Jones is Manager of Sport and Exercise Therapy at St Andrews Healthcare and is responsible for all Sport & Exercise Therapy across the charity which includes hospitals in Northampton, Birmingham, Essex and Nottingham. A qualified Physical Activity and Mental Health Sport and Exercise Therapist, he brings a wealth of experience demonstrated over a period of 15 years across both public and private industry sectors including 10 years’ service in the Royal Marines where he became a specialist in exercise in a restricted setting. This experience ranged from adapting systems to the enclosed space within submarines through to building a strategy for maintaining motivation of personnel while isolated, living on the remote Indian Ocean Island of Diego Garcia. His current role has allowed development in all the charities pathways and sub pathways which has given him the ability to differentiate between the various mental health conditions and implement early education and reasoning to the patient providing personalised outcomes to promote both physical and mental well -being.

11.45 Break (intentionally long to facilitate networking/Division meetings).

Social zone café serving hot meals (incl vegetarian), paninis and soup

Starbucks Coffee shop with hot/cold sandwiches, salads etc.

Student Shop selling cold sandwiches.

**For other local lunch places ask a student helper who can direct you**

13.15 Your workshop choice 1

14.15 Your workshop choice 2

15.15 Division consultation session with members. An interactive session to consult with members on Division KPI’s, tasks and ideas. This is your chance to have your say and contribute to your Divisions activity.

16.00 close – Starbucks open for informal meetings etc should you wish.


Workshop 1 - Performance strand – theme leads Dr Rachel Arnold and Dr Stewart Cotterill

Invited workshop lead: Dr Mustafa Sarkar, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology Nottingham Trent University

Room: BS/324 pre arranged in 4 x tables of 10

Workshop title: Developing Resilience in Elite Sport: Theory to Practice.

Session outline:

  • To describe what resilience is (and isn’t).
  • To outline and discuss an evidence-based program to developing resilience for sustained success.
  • To provide practical recommendations for those implementing or undertaking this program.

Workshop 2 - Host institution led – Psychology and Development Research Group LJMU celebrating 20 years of RISES

Workshop leads: Dr Martin Littlewood and Dr Mark Nesti

Room: BS322 seats 42

Workshop title: Delivering applied sport psychology in Premiership football

Session outline:

  • Understand the importance of providing organisational psychology support as part of the practitioner’s service delivery.
  • Understand the  role  that  culture  plays  in  influencing  the  success  of applied  practice  in  the  unique  environment  of  English professional football

Workshop 3 - Mental Health Strand – theme leads Dr Anthony Papathomas and Gareth Jowatt

Invited workshop leads: Dr Anthony Papathomas, Flo Kinnafick & Alan Jones

Room: BS323 seats 54

Workshop title: Changing exercise culture in secure mental health settings: A socio-ecological framework.

Session outline:

  • The individual: Attitudes and motivation to exercise
  • The role of the Health Care Assistants (ward staff)
  • The role of the physical environment
  • The emphasis on the importance of exercise as a treatment tool

Theme title: Mental Health and Wellbeing


Theme lead: Anthony Papathomas, PhD. Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Contact details: / 01509228172

Few sentences on how work fits into theme: Dr Anthony Papathomas is based at Loughborough University within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. His work centres on mental health issues in sport and exercise settings.

Key topics: Mental health across the athletic lifespan; ethics and practice of clinical sport psychology; promoting exercise for mental health and wellbeing

BASES Sport Psychology Information

Engagement and Development Strand

Camilla Knight

Camilla J. Knight, PhD, Associate Professor in Sport Psychology, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Swansea University

E-mail: c.j.knight  Phone: 01792606590

My experiences:

Camilla’s research interests are concerned with understanding and enhancing the psychosocial experiences of children in sport, with a particular focus upon the influence of parents. Camilla is co-author of “Parenting in youth sport: From Research to Practice” (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of “Sport Psychology for Young Athletes” (Routledge, 2017). Camilla has published widely on topics such as youth sport participation, parent-coach relations, parenting, and coach-athlete relations. She has consulted with a number of national and international sports organisations regarding parental involvement in sport and has also worked with a number of young athletes, parents, and coaches to help enhance their experiences and performance within youth sport.

Engagement and Development Strand

This strand is concerned with psychosocial developmental considerations of athletes and exercisers, and their support network, over the lifespan.

Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to, youth to masters athletes at the recreational and elite level; talent development; parent, coach, and peer relationships; transitions; life skills and positive youth development; organisational considerations and influences; dual careers; development of psychological characteristics. Within this strand, considerations for people of all ages involved in both competitive sport and organised exercise activities will be considered.

Important Information

To all BASES members aligned with the Psychology Division,

I know that some of you have noted the recent communication to members from the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) that was focused on the employment of HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologists. A letter was sent over six months ago now to key sport bodies by DSEP to reiterate the importance to them that national governing bodies, institutes and professional sports should be employing practitioners with the protected title.

With respect to BASES Accreditation for Sport and Exercise Scientists , and as the Division of Psychology for BASES, we made the decision at that time to offer our own views to sport bodies about our qualification, and provide informed insights to such bodies about our own pathway and what it offers to employers. This letter was constructed in November 2016 and distributed to Chief Executives, Performance Directors and Directors of Coaching/Directors of Sport on 20 Dec 2016. We have attached to this email and detailed on the website here a copy of this correspondence for all members to see. Please click here.

The aim of this letter was to clarify and reinforce the value of BASES accreditation, and accredited practitioners vis a vis interdisciplinary strengths and the critical knowledge of the sport and exercise sciences whilst providing psychological support to athletes, coaches, teams and other stakeholders.  We (as an organisation) and ourselves as a Division Committee value the application of psychology rooted within a sport and exercise sciences approach, and as a practitioner and Chair of the Division , I certainly value my upbringing within a sport and exercise sciences programme. This is congruent, I’m sure,  with the beliefs and feelings of many other senior practitioners, Major Games psychologists, and academics in the field who came through a sport and exercise science pathway.

Our letter fully recognised and appreciated objective matters of title, but put those aside for a moment and sought to inform sports bodies of their duty of care around employing sport science personnel. Namely, that alternative, qualified and well-suited practitioners may be considered within shortlisting and interview processes. As many of you will have noticed, I too have noticed HCPC registration as ‘essential criteria’ on job postings, a requirement that effectively ‘trumps’ BASES accreditation for most applicants even when both are noted as ‘essential’ in the person specification. Our request to sport bodies is not necessarily to appoint BASES accredited practitioners in sport psychology, but to create an opportunity to see them at interview stage as opposed to deselect them at shortlisting because they don't make the essential criteria.  In part, this is about helping sports bodies to not miss out on some excellent applicants.

I also want to take the opportunity to address any misconceptions around the BASES - DSEP relationship. Both organisations are focused on the development of the profession and colleagues put a lot of voluntary time and effort into the running of projects in both organisations. We do have our different perspectives and processes with respect to the professional development of practitioners, but there aren’t extensive ‘individual differences’ beyond this. Crucially, we have always had one agenda in common and that has been to ensure that qualified professionals who have ‘done the hard yards’ are the practitioners getting the jobs in sport. For myself and the DSEP Chair, the threats don't lie opposite each other, they lie in the unqualified, unregulated providers who the media consistently misrepresent as qualified, and who still gain work in high performance sport. It is on this battleground where both Divisions together are a tour de force.  

In respect of our progression and evolution, however, during the 26th April  Division Day, click here for further details -  Dr. Richard Thelwell will be outlining our plans for overhauling the current BASES SE and Accreditation process (for psychology) with a view towards a new qualification to meet dual HCPC and CSci standards.  Please sign up to the day to hear more

Best wishes,

Professor Chris Harwood
Loughborough University

Chair, Psychology Division, BASES