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About Me

My name is Scott Gunning and I am a Trainee Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

As a competitive athlete for the past 15 years, I know first hand how important having the right mindset is if you want to perform at your best. Therefore, I set up Gunning Mental Performance to provide Sport and Exercise Psychology support to individuals and teams, suitable for all ages and abilities.

For me , Sport and Exercise Psychology isn't necessarily about fixing 'problems'. Instead it's all about helping athletes to better understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviours impact on performance. 

One key area of my work focuses on helping athletes increase their self-awareness of how they currently respond to challenges they may face, and how they would like to improve this in the future. I also like to spend time working with athletes to develop their strengths and how these can be utilised to achieve optimal performance. 

Outside of running Gunning Mental Performance, I am currently an athlete myself, competing predominantly in the 200m and 400m. I am also a fan of Chelsea FC, Formula 1, Star Wars and Marvel.

I currently work at the University of Hertfordshire as a Teaching Fellow in Sport Coaching and Sport Psychology.

To learn more about how my current training is being assessed please visit 



Coventry University

September 2016-May 2020

BSc Sports Psychology

University of Winchester

September 2020-September 2021

MSc Applied Sports Psychology

British Psychological Society

November 2021- Present

Currently enrolled on the BPS QSEP Stage 2 training.

Teaching Experience

Visiting Lecturer - University of Winchester

January 2022 - August 2022

Lecturer in Sport Psychology/ Skill Acquisition

Teaching Fellow- University of Hertfordshire

August 2022- Present

Teaching Fellow in Sport Coaching and Psychology

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