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Welcome to Positive Sports Coaching

Positive Sports Coaching is an innovative evidenced based way of coaching teams and individuals built around the science of positive psychology. The program is built around the science of optimism, positive feedback and process praise and has the dual aims of: 1. Improving performance and 2. Promoting wellbeing.

Teams and Individuals coached using a positive psychology approach will perform better, exhibit greater resilience and optimism which will result in improved sporting performance under pressure as well as better mental wellbeing. In addition, by teaching the athletes to have an optimistic mindset they gain the tools to become more resilient when faced with setbacks. These skills assist with both their ability to cope with failure in sport but also in life, reducing the chance that they will suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. More

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Positive Sports Coaching News

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Matthew will be presenting at the Fourth Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Conference, on February 8th 2014.

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Matthew Scholes is now the positive psychology provider for the Adelaide Crows

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Matthew Scholes presented two Positive Sports Coaching items at the 2013 World Congress on Positive Psychology (WCPP) in Los Angeles, California in June 2013

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Matthew Scholes will guest lecturer in Melbourne University's new undergraduate Positive Psychology subject Wellbeing, Motivation & Performance.

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Positive Sports Coaching is now part of the Cricket Victoria level 2 coaching course

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Positive Sports Coaching is now part of the Level 2 AFL Victoria Coaching Course

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Matthew Scholes presented PSC at the prestigious Canadian Positive Psychology Association academic conference at Toronto University in July 2012. Matthew was one of only 46 presenters accepted from the hundreds of applications received from around the world.

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Positive Sports Coaching models were developed by Matthew Scholes. These tools are extremely effective for coaches to learn skills necessary to develop and implement their Positive Sports Coaching approach.

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Edde Lavendt (Authorized psychologist, MAPP graduate) from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School interviewed Matthew Scholes about the Positive Sports Coaching program.

Extracts of this interview can be found in the Resource section.

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Matthew Scholes

Matthew Scholes has worked with a broad and diverse range of sports and educational organisations over the past 15 years.

Matthew has developed the Positive Sports Coaching program using the science of positive psychology and believes this strengths based approach to sports coaching will enhance both performance and wellbeing. More

Organisations Matthew Scholes has worked with:

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What is Positive Sports Coaching?

Positive Sports Coaching is an innovative evidenced based way of coaching teams and individuals built around the science of positive psychology. The program is built around the science of optimism, positive feedback and process praise and has the dual aims of: 1. Improving performance and 2. Promoting wellbeing.

Teams and Individuals coached using a positive psychology approach will perform better, exhibit greater resilience and optimism which will result in improved sporting performance under pressure as well as better mental wellbeing. In addition, by teaching the athletes to have an optimistic mindset they gain the tools to become more resilient when faced with setbacks. These skills assist with both their ability to cope with failure in sport but also in life, reducing the chance that they will suffer from depression and other mental illnesses.

Matthew Scholes has developed the PSC models to provide coaches and sporting organisations with the tools to implement a positive psychology approach. The PSC Models he has developed are based on what he calls for the Four Pillars of a Positive Sports Organisations (coaches, athletes, administration and supporters). Although the focus is on the coach, the effectiveness of the program is enhanced by involving all stakeholders.

The PSC model Scholes developed for the coaches to follow is called the Positive Sports Coaching Wheel©. This is a simple but extremely effective tool that helps the coaches learn the skills to develop and implement their PSC approach. The model is used by the coach as a reference to help them follow the PSC program as they coach. The focus is on learning to look for positives while dealing with negatives using an optimistic mindset. Coaches who have been trained in the program report that: “The PSC program has given me skills to feel confident in the way I coach and manage my team””, “The players are more energised and responsive”, “I like the feel of the positive approach”, “The positive approach got our team ready to cope with pressure games” “I really feel I am really educating the players” and “Focusing on the positives made me realise the opportunities for learning that I was missing”.

By focusing not only on the coaches but also on the Four Pillars of a Positive Sports Organisation (coaches, athletes, administration and supporters), Matthew has created a structure that embeds the Positive Sports Coaching approach throughout the whole organisation. This approach maximises the outcomes of the Positive Sports Coaching approach and ensures ownership throughout the organisation. The PSC model is suitable for schools, local clubs as well as elite sporting organisations.

The Positive Sports Coaching approach is backed by rigorous science whilst being simple to learn and easy to do. The approach not only will improve team performance it also helps protect the mental wellbeing of the athletes.

For further information on Positive Sports Coaching, please contact Matthew Scholes . Click here to download our PDF.

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What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology that conducts scientific inquiry into the factors that help individuals, communities and organisations thrive by building on their strengths and virtues (Peterson, 2008).

"Studying the positive can give us new knowledge about human flourishing, knowledge that would not be available to us if we simply studied the negative, no matter how comprehensively we did so" (Pawelski, p.9).

Positive Psychology is a fast growing field of science researched and taught at over 50 universities across the world including: Harvard University, Cambridge University, Princeton University and The University of Pennsylvania.

Positive Psychology is supported by prestigious funding bodies such as the National Science Foundation, USA National Research Schemes, Tempelton Foundation, Harvard Coaching unit. The first positive psychology researcher to win Noble Prize was Professor Daniel Kahneman in 2002. Positive Psychology tools and techniques have been successfully applied across sectors such as education, health, finance and the armed forces.

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Profile Matthew Scholes

Matthew Scholes has over 15 years experience working in the sporting industry in the areas of athlete development, event management, sports marketing and training and education. Matthew is considered a leader in developing innovative experiential training models for athletes, volunteers and administrators in the sports sector. You can view Matthews full profile below.

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Training Options

Matthew is able to come to your club, school or organisation to train your coaches, players and/or staff, on days and times that fit in with your coaching programs. All training programs are individualised to ensure the needs of your organisation are met effectively within your budget. Discounts may apply to local sports clubs and charity groups.

Conference Presentations

1 - 2 hours session

Matthew is available to present at your conference or strategic planning day covering areas such as: athlete resilience, positive sports coaching, athlete wellbeing, student wellbeing through sport, character strengths, flow and mindfulness.

Introductory Workshops in Positive Sports Coaching

1.5 hours to Half day program

Provides an overview of Positive Sports Coaching, The Negativity Bias, Relevant Research The 4 Pillars of a Positive Sports Organisation© and teaches the use of the Positive Sports Coaching Wheel©, the Positive Athlete Interaction Diamond© and develops strategies for implementation of the Positive Sports Coaching Program.

Advanced Workshops in Positive Sports Coaching

1 day to 2 day program

Provides an overview of Positive Sports Coaching,The Negativity Bias, Advanced Research, The 4 Pillars of a Positive Sports Organisation© and demonstrates the use of the Positive Sports Coaching Wheel©, the Positive Athlete Interaction Diamond©

Provides an advanced look at specific game analysis, The Negativity Bias, Advanced Research, The 4 Pillars of a Positive Sports Organisation© and demonstrates the use of the Positive Sports Coaching Wheel©, the Positive Athlete Interaction Diamond© and develops advanced strategies for implementation of the Positive Sports Coaching Program. Work is undertaken with the coaches and provides advabced look at team specifice games anaysis

Full Organisation individually tailored program

2.5 days plus

Provides all the material covered in the Advanced Workshop for coaches. Includes sessions with the athletes, training observations and a session with the Board/Leadership team. Participants will be eligible for the Professional Certificate in Advanced Positive Sports Coaching.

To discuss your training options and individual requirements please contact Matthew Scholes

Conferences

Positive Sports Coaching is an evidenced based approach using the science of positive psychology. Positive Sports Coaching is presented at a range of conferences including refereed academic conferences.

Academic Conferences

2014

Fourth Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Conference

Melbourne, February 2014

Matthew Scholes will be presenting a panel session, “Dream Large – How Can Positive Psychology Change the World” at the University of Melbourne.

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2013 World Congress on Positive Psychology (WCPP)

Los Angeles, June 2013

Matthew Scholes will be presenting two Positive Sports Coaching items at the 2013 World Congress on Positive Psychology (WCPP) to be held in Los Angeles, California in June 2013. Matthew will be presenting "The effect of positive psychology on the wellbeing of sports coaches" and "Infusing Positive Psychology into Sport".

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Positive Psychology Canada

2012

First Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

Toronto, June 2012

Matthew Scholes presented PSC at the prestigious Canadian Positive Psychology Association academic conference at Toronto University in July. Matthew was one of only 46 presenters accepted from the hundreds of applications received from around the world.

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3rd Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Conference ("Positive2012")

Sydney, February 2012

The effect of the Positive Sports Coaching Program on student athletes' well-being.

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Thinkers in Residence Conference

Adelaide, February 2012

St Peter's student presentation on the positive effects on his leadership and approach to sport he has gained from his experience being trained in Positive Sports Coaching by Matthew Scholes.

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2011

2011 APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists National Conference

Melbourne, November 2011

Using positive psychology to promote well-being in student athletes: A pilot evaluation at St Peters College, Adelaide

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Sport and Business Conferences

2014

Presenter, Netball Victoria State Team Camp

Victoria, December 2014

Psychology presentation, Happiness, Wellbeing and Sports Performance.

2013

Presenter, Pacific Youth & Sport Conference

New Caledonia, December 2013

Positive Sports Coaching reseach presented at the 2013 Pacific Youth & Sport Conference in New Caledonia.

Guest speaker, Positive Psychology in Sport and Business

Croydon, November 2013

Guest speaker, Croydon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Keynote speaker, Positive Psychology in Sport and Business

Melbourne, November 2013

Keynote speaker, Business Programs Networking Event at Box Hill Institute

Christchurch Grammar School | Staff Training 2013

Perth, July 2013

Keynote speaker, Christchurch Grammar School 2-day staff training seminar. Matthew delivered "Boys Motivation and Wellbeing Through the Creation of a Positive Coaching Culture"

2013 Positive Psychology in Practice Seminar

Adelaide, May 2013

The Adelaide Crows Football Club assembled a panel of expert speakers to address the latest research, tools and application of positive psychology in the fields of Education, Sport Coaching and Personal Development.

2013 Cricket Victoria Representative Coaching Accreditation Course

Melbourne, March 2013

Positive Sports Coaching

The Representative Accreditation Course (formerly known as Level 2) is an advanced and in-depth coaching course, which includes Cricket Specific and General Coaching Principle topics.

2013 AFL National Coaching Conference

Melbourne, February 2013

Positive Psychology and Sports Coaching

Provides coaches with an understanding of the science behind Positive Psychology and how this can help their coaching, leading to their players exhibiting greater resilience and optimism which results in improved performance under pressure and better mental well-being. Matthew will present Positive Sports Coaching models which will provide coaches with some simple, effective and evidenced based strategies to implement positive psychology into their coaching style.

2012

Keynote speaker, Victorian State Conference, Australian Sports Commission, Active After-school Communities Program

Melbourne, June 2012

Positive Sports Coaching run by Sport and Recreation Victoria

Melbourne, May 2012

Female Youth Leadership Program run by Sport and Recreation Victoria

Melbourne, April 2012

Gilead Sciences ANZ National Sales Conference

Melbourne, February 2012

Positive Sports Coaching in a Sales team.

2011

Australian Football Coaching Conference

Melbourne (MCG), October 2011

Positive Sports Coaching, building players resilience

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Australian University Sport Conference

Adelaide, May 2011

Positive Psychology and Athlete Performance

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Resources

General Information

The supplied information sheets are for individual use only. The copyright proprietor prohibits any other: use; copying; reproduction or performance in public; in whole or in part without prior agreement. 2011 Matthew Scholes. All rights reserved.

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Conference Resources

2013 World Congress on Positive Psychology (WCPP)

Los Angeles, June 2013

Presentation, "The effect of positive psychology on the wellbeing of sports coaches", presented at the 2013 World Congress on Positive Psychology conference in Los Angeles, June 2013.

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2012 First Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

Toronto, June 2012

Presentation, Creating a Positive Sports Organisation, presented at the Canadian Positive Psychology Association academic conference at Toronto University.

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2011 APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists National Conference

Melbourne, November 2011

Using positive psychology to promote well-being in student athletes: A pilot evaluation at St Peters College, Adelaide

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Media Resources

Positive Sports Coaching at St Peters College

Adelaide, 2012

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Testimonials


Thank you for sharing your awesome positive sports coaching presentation with us. We really appreciate your time and knowledge. Looking forward to trying our new skills in the coming netball season

St Vincent de Paul Netball Club


I was in your LEVEL 2 Coaching AFL Seminar last year, and found your presentation and information extremely beneficial and interesting. I have adopted your strength-based approach, and have found not only my playing group have responded, but I have changed the way I am coaching with a more positive mindset.

Justin Abrams | The Roosters Development Team Coach (VFL)


"Professional baseball is a highly competitive environment, filled with negativity and failure. The only way to handle this is through constant optimism and self-belief. Matt Scholes - Positive Sports Coaching, provides many examples of the importance of a positive outlook, while teaching the framework and science behind positive coaching, mentoring and leadership. It was a privilege to listen to this presentation, and a must for any budding coach, captain, CEO or General Manager."

Justin Huber, (Former Major League Baseball player), Participation Manager | Baseball Victoria

I wanted to touch base and thank you for delivering such an engaging and practical presentation last week. This really gave me a insight into just how powerful the positive sports coaching approach can be, especially looking at the model from an athlete's perspective. Throughout the presentation I continually had flashbacks of both good and bad reflections of coaches I've played under over the years.

Jon Shepherd, Regional Coordinator - Eastern Metropolitan 3 - Active After-school Communities | Australian Sports Commission


Thanks for your presentation, the feedback from the conference participants has been extremely positive, just what we needed to start off our week. It really set a "positive" tone for the week, so thanks again.

John Byrnes, Regional Coordinator, Active After-school Communities Program | Australian Sports Commission.


After seeing Matt Scholes' Positive Sports Coaching presentation at the 2011 AFL State Coaching Conference, I thought the topic would be a terrific addition to Cricket Victoria's Level 2 Coaching Course Program.

Cricket Victoria has since incorporated Matt's presentation into its Level 2 Coaching Course content with great success. At our February 2012 Course, the course candidates thoroughly enjoyed the session with Matt, with most seeing the major benefits in implementing a positive cricket coaching frame work.

We look forward to Matt imparting his philosophies on our coaches at future courses.

Jarrad Loughman, Education and Training Manager | Cricket Victoria


Thank you so much for letting me interview you yesterday! I learned a lot about sports coaching that I didn't know. And the way you use positive psychology in that field is really interesing.

It will be very useful in my PhD and at the Department of Sports at the uni back in Denmark.

Best regards,

Ebbe Lavendt, Authorized psychologist, MAPP Institute of Coaching | Harvard Medical School


The workshop was fantastic and has resulted in a definite change in attitude. The week following the conference 3 people from my team sent emails or text message to tell me how they had implemented what they had learned.

For some this was just remembering what went well following a face to face call with a doctor and for others this looking beyond the issues/concerns the doctor was raising and helping to guide the conversation onto positive experiences using the products.

It is rare to see this kind of immediate change so you definitely had a positive impact.

Thank you

Deb Richards, Northern Regional Sales Manager | Gilead Sciences, Australia & New Zealand


Matthew's Positive sports coaching model gives coaches effective tools to quickly enhance any team's performance.

Through a tried and tested method of using key phrases to follow "the wheel", Matthew explains how any coach can improve their teams success using approaches which will create better relationships, better players, and potentially, better people.

S. Inman, Soccer coach, SA


The Positive Sports Coaching course presented by Matthew Scholes demonstrated how a change in coaching focus can get a better response from my players.

Previously, I felt like I spoke to players in a very positive manner however focused on improving their weaknesses too often. This course allowed me to see my players differently, encourage their strengths more often and think more positively about them.

The response was immediate with more confident, receptive and enthusiastic individuals and team as a whole. Their weaknesses improved quicker also. Our team performance improved instantly.

The Positive Sports Coaching Wheel was a very helpful tool also. I can recommend Matthew Scholes and his course to any sporting team.

Regards

David Threadgold , Football Coach, SA


Contact Us

For further information regarding: training; conference presentations or general enquiries please contact:

Matthew Scholes

Mobile: 0412 031 269

International: +61 412 031 269

E-mail: positivesportscoaching@gmail.com