Jamie Walker

Dealing with the distractions that come with being a footballer

Signed for Wigan Athletic in January 2018

Won the Scottish Championship with Hearts

Heart’s top scorer and voted both the player’s player and supporter’s player of the year 2016-17

Jamie Walker is an attacking midfielder who now plays for Wigan Athletic having spent the majority of his career playing and impressing in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian.

As part of a group of academy graduates who helped the club win promotion back to the SPL in 2015, Jamie went on to become a fan’s favourite and make over 180 appearances, scoring 40 goals.

Shortly after the beginning of the 2017/18 season Jamie was recommend to Football Mindset by his then team mate John Souttar who also worked with them.

Jamie understood what he wanted to do in order to improve his game:

  • Reduce the impact of the distractions that come with being a footballer. Transfer speculation, supporters opinion etc
  • Be able to concentrate solely on football and increase confidence and performance levels in what were tough times
  • Understand why he always focused on the negatives in certain situations and learn to focus on the positives

Jamie says “It was great to work with John whilst back up the road in Scotland and I developed a greater understanding of what I needed to do in order to get back to playing towards my best in what were tough times for me and at times for my family. People think that footballers are like robots but we have ups and downs just like everyone else has at their work. Working with John before I moved to Wigan gave me a greater understanding of what I needed to concentrate on to take care of my performance.”

A player of Jamie’s talents will always have interest around him from other clubs but working with Football Mindset has given him the tools to better handle the distractions that come with being a footballer whether that be in the SPL or the English Football League.

Jamie came for an initial consultation after a recommendation from John but after one session he felt that there was a natural connection and that he would benefit from joining the growing group of Football Mindset clients.

Football Mindset helped Jamie by setting up weekly coaching sessions in Edinburgh.

Not only is Jamie now in a better place to deal with things out with his control around his football but he also now understands why he always used to focus on the negatives before and after matches and what he needs to do to change those thoughts.

"People think that footballers are like robots but we have ups and downs just like everyone else has at their work."