A systems-led approach to developing psychologically informed environments

Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Alessandro Quartiroli

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In this manuscript we offer an organizational or systems-led lens on psychological support for team performance. Specifically, we draw on approaches adopted within the United Kingdom (UK) high performance system to develop psychologically informed environments. In an attempt to contextualize this approach, we offer an insight into the professional landscape in the UK and the emergence of systems-led approaches. Finally, to support those responsible for advancing team performance in elite sport, we draw on the most recent practice innovations to propose the Head of Performance Environment (HOPE) role. By sharing the scope for HOPE’s roles and responsibilities, we hope to capitalize on the confluence of organizational sport psychology research developments and contemporary practice innovations and catalyze the future evolution of applied psychology in high performance sport.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Early online date26 Jun 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 26 Jun 2023


  • Head of performance environment
  • mental health
  • organizational culture
  • organizational sport psychology
  • performance lifestyle
  • performance psychology

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