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Barker Explains Importance Of Psychologists For Stellies

Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker has explained that the club wouldn’t be as successful without using a performance psychologist as well as sports chaplain to support their players.

The topic of psychologists trended last week after Lamontville Golden Arrows head coach Mabhuti Khenyeza stated “Psychologists don’t play football“.

The former Kaizer Chiefs striker stated that he doesn’t believe in phycologists because most of them they’ve never played football, but Barker has a completely different approach to the topic, saying they are an important part of his technical team.

“I believe strongly in performance psychology, we’ve got a consultant, Heinrich Grobler, who works at Maties as a psychologist,” Barker told the South African Football Journalists Association members.

“He’s part of our squad and our team and he plays a massive role in everything around the psychology around the game, whether it be setting goals, whether it be sort of helping players to process where they [are], whether it’s coming back from injury and handling disappointments.”

“It is important for us and he’s played a massive role in our success. It’s nice that players have somebody that they can go speak to regarding their performances and get advice on how to improve in certain areas.

“Besides that, we also will cater for the players emotional and spiritual needs in [sports chaplain] Bruce Naden and he’s at the club.

“We try to tick all the boxes in terms of the players needs from not only tactical and physical and technical, but also from the emotional, spiritual social, as well as psychological aspects.

“So, I believe that we do that well. I do believe that it plays a massive role in grooming and keeping the club successful and on the right track.”

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.