“Ben demonstrated a professional and diligent approach to his work. Ben worked well within our [sport psychology staff] team and was able to take initiative and work effectively alone. I was able to fully trust Ben to lead quality sport psychology sessions with groups of [youth] tennis players. The [technical tennis] coaching team often provided positive feedback regarding Ben’s delivery and his personal manner with the children and coaches”.
“Ben has a gentle and calm nature, which proved to be a valuable addition to our team. He treats others with compassion, respect, understanding and professionalism. Ben has a fantastic ability to reflect, and to help others reflect, which has been a skill that has certainly helped Ben to flourish at Sutton tennis academy. I very much valued Ben’s opinion and judgment, which was always thoughtful, reflective and considered. He has been a fantastic member of our team and will be greatly missed. I would certainly recommend Ben for employment and I am confident he would provide a helpful and pleasant addition to any team”.
“At STA we are one of the few academies who integrate sport psychology so heavily. While the integration has its challenges, to have people like Ben deliver, enable it to work effectively. The [tennis] programme is busy, and tennis coaches have a lot to consider during sessions such as setting up and delivering drills, ensuring the sessions are run well and ensuring all players are applying themselves. Ben does a great job in appreciating this, and has a great knack of knowing when to approach coaches to see how his work can merge into the sessions. Ben will always be planned and have ideas at the ready. This makes the sessions run smoothly as there is no time wasted. Ben has a way about his delivery which is very soothing. His tone and language are well-chosen, on point, clear and deliberate. tennis players are notoriously a little emotional and crazy! Ben brings an air of calmness which settles players. Ben was also a useful sounding board for me as a coach. To share ideas and how players are behaving is very useful, and as the months went on, I felt I could trust Ben’s judgment. His experiences as a footballer certainly helped him relate to the players; to know how to talk to them and how they may be feeling. I would highly recommend Ben in any employment role, and I feel this would not only benefit Ben himself, but also and more importantly, it would benefit the academy/company/organisation”.
“During his period with the sport and exercise psychology teaching team, Ben delivered outstanding quality lecture sessions and workshops, as well as one to one/group tutorials and practicals. His real strength during this period was his ability to simplify complex concepts and issues, and deliver them in an engaging and stimulating fashion. He was always able to connect with the students in attendance, by talking to and with them, rather than talking at them”.
“Bens enthusiasm for all things psychological and athletic meant he was able to draw on an extensive range of topics and methods, to really facilitate the understanding of the student cohort. I am sure that this will stand him in good stead in his professional career”.
“Ben is reliable and approachable, and has developed excellent relationships with his colleagues. Ben has that rare ability to motivate and bring the best out of those around him”.
“Whilst working as a sport psychologist for 25 years, I have met, trained, mentored, supervised, and worked closely with a great number of fellow practitioners in my field. Ben’s work stands out as he is able to combine great sport psychology knowledge along with significant coaching and playing experience. I have also been greatly impressed by Ben’s personal approach. He retains a great humility, a deep care for his athlete clients, and maintains his professionalism in all situations.”
Dr. Brian Hemmings, C.Psychol; AFBPsS; FBASES
HCPC Registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist
I have known Ben for over 20 years. I was Ben’s coach at Chelsea FC youth academy. Ben was a talented player, a very good technician, and a pleasure to coach. As a youth player he was very receptive to his coaches and worked really hard to improve his game. I was proud to see Ben go on to play at a high semi-professional level. I was really pleased when our sporting paths crossed again three years ago when I was able to offer Ben a professional coaching position at Gillingham Football clubs youth academy advanced development centre.
During his three seasons at Gillingham he has developed into a fine confident coach. His calm coaching style has helped many of the young players to improve and he is highly respected by them, their parents, and all the coaching staff. We all at Gills wish him well and he will be greatly missed.
Gillingham Football Club Academy Advanced Centre Head Coach
Ben has all always shown a committed, reflective and professional attitude to his work at Gillingham Football Club and it was a pleasure to have such an experienced and well-mannered coach as part of our coaching team. His demeanour when coaching the boys at both the development and advanced centre was outstanding and his calm approach always bought fluidity to the sessions he delivered. I would highly recommend Ben for any job role as he would prove to be a huge asset to the company, academy or organisation.
Gillingham Football Club Development Centre Head Coach