A WINNING MENTALITY
An elite sport approach to enhancing the performance of people, business and schools
FROM PITCH TO PITCH
ATHLETIC THINKING IS DESIGNED AROUND PEOPLE-CENTRIC PRINCIPLES OF PERFORMANCE AND WELL-BEING, GROUNDED WITH FOUNDATIONS IN ELITE SPORT
Athletic Thinking offers businesses bespoke High Performance Coaching and interactive workshop sessions. Our lifestyle assessments and programmes, delivered by our Performance Team, can also feed in to our overall service to provide your business with a complete elite wellbeing package.
Experimental learning days and bespoke corporate away days at inspirational sporting venues provide the opportunity for external inspiration, all with the aim of enhancing high performance entrenched within the backdrop of an elite sport mentality; winning. Visit our ‘What We Do’ page to see how Athletic Thinking’s Readiness to Perform Programme can be incorporated into your business.
For your individual fitness, health and wellbeing needs, head to our Athletic Living or Athletic Performance page where our Performance Team, all with a background in sport at the highest level, can provide a range of packages to help you fulfill your goals. We have an offering to help you whether you are an elite athlete yourself or are simply interested in being the best you can be.
Athletic Thinking was established by Nick Johnston in 2017 and the concept has gathered pace quickly.
Nick has extensive experience as a High Performance Director, Consultant and Strategist in elite sport and the corporate sector and latterly in a Managing Director role. Following his service in the British military, Nick has spent nearly 20 years as part of Senior Management groups at some of the most successful rugby teams in England. He helped both Sale and Northampton Saints win the Premiership title along with many European and domestic titles. As Performance Director at Worcester Warriors, the team was promoted from the Championship to the Premiership in his first season, remaining in the Premiership.
As a practitioner in sport, his work is underpinned by a belief that for the collective to be successful, every individual has to be engaged on multiple levels in a psychologically safe environment that nurtures development in a positive, constructive manner.
He is now applying these principles successfully in the corporate world, where he is working with a group of clients who have quickly seen improvements in staff morale, engagement, health and productivity, with the business itself benefitting both financially and culturally.
Nick is also vastly experienced in setting up programmes from scratch that make sure talent is identified and nurtured through tailored pathways that ensure that individuals are achieving their own potential and contributing to the team’s overall success, producing 29 Under-20 rugby union internationals in just three years through the creation of new Academies. Athletic Thinking’s ‘Corporate Academies’ and ‘Next Generation’ initiatives introduce some of these concepts into business uniquely helping to build talent from within.
Nick is supplemented by a team of world-class practitioners from elite sport, including exercise physiologists, osteopaths and rehab specialists, women’s wellbeing specialists, psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists.
Creating a High Performance Environment
LEADERSHIP // EXAMPLE
Nick understands the big picture and operates at such a level it encourages those around him to up their game and achieve on the highest platform. Personally, for me he has been an outstanding mentor who helped shape my career and my development as a high performance coach and mentor.
What was refreshing was that this was not an 'off the shelf' product. The first engagement involved identification of issues specific to our business, and Nick really took the time to explore what was working and what was not currently working for us. It was such a tailored solution to our business and our people. The resulting interventions have given us a fresh approach to how we run our business, how we manage our team and how we do all of this efficiently.
We looked for re-focusing and regrouping with energy and a plan. Nick instantly engaged his audience by adding the 'human element'. His in-depth knowledge around high performance in elite sport and the close relationship it plays in business was thought provoking and hard hitting. It felt like a revelation; he is a fantastic coach.
I have known Nick for a few years and it has been a pleasure to work with him as he has expanded his broad and deep experience into the corporate sector. Nick takes the time to listen and to understand the issues and dynamics of a business and uses his considerable experience to develop detailed strategies to support its development and growth. As a result, positive and enduring outcomes are achieved that deliver great benefits to the company, its shareholders, employees and customers.
I have known Nick since 2008 and have worked closely with him during my career. He has this ability to really understand people and how they tick. This has helped me enormously - Nick always listened to what I felt worked best for me and helped implement positive changes to ensure I am the best I can be. He also has great intuition into what is required to make sure the team is prepared correctly.
Without doubt, Nick is one of the best (if not the best) High Performance Director I have encountered in Europe. Nick has a reputation as a tough, focused and thorough strength and conditioning practitioner. He is a winner and understands the multifactorial aspect of success in high performance sport. On a personal level, Nick has been extraordinarily generous with his time and counsel. Nick's advice, guidance and friendship have been invaluable to me.
In the six years that I worked for Nick I was part of an innovative team that grew in ability, assurance and achievement thanks to his guidance. As an Australian female interested in working in sport in the UK he opened paths for myself and my female colleagues that many other teams and sports would not have offered. Nick will find the right person for the job, regardless of who or what they are, and he will drive you to achieve your best ad the best for the team. The impact he has on a team and their ability to succeed is second to none.
Nick has enjoyed immense success in every organisation he has worked in. He has the ability to create and energise high performance environments and embed structures and processes that generate outstanding results on the pitch. Nick is very personable and thrives in the constant challenge of professional sport. I've learnt a lot from Nick and value his advice.
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