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Learning Pool partners with True Athlete Project to offer online training

Learning Pool, the pioneers behind the industry-leading Learning Platform, has partnered with not-for-profit organization, True Athlete Project to offer online training to athletes, coaches and governing bodies. 

Over the past few years, Learning Pool has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s top sporting organizations including The FA. During this journey, we were put in touch with The True Athlete Project and identified an opportunity to give back to sports.

The True Athlete Project (TAP) is a not-for-profit sports charity that works with athletes, coaches and national governing bodies with the aim of re-imagining sport as a training ground for compassion, mindfulness and mental wellbeing. 

Despite all the good that sport can achieve for societies across the globe, we all have seen the headlines of how it has also failed to live up to its full potential leading to high rates of drop out, burnout, bullying, anxiety, depression and suffering. Dispelling this attitude, TAP has redefined the idea of an athlete as someone who develops both their mind and body to help others and make the world a better place. 

In doing so, TAP has launched a number of initiatives and programs – its athlete mentoring program is the cornerstone of these initiatives and includes work with a number of national governing bodies including British Fencing, coach development, work with local communities and schools and retreats. Recently, TAP team member, former Olympian and Performance Director at Danish Fencing, Laurence Halsted published his first book, ‘Becoming a True Athlete’. 

In response to its continued growth, TAP identified a need for an online learning platform to help expand its work to a wider audience. As part of our corporate social responsibility efforts, we stepped in to support Sam Parfitt, Founder and CEO, and the TAP team in meeting this need. Utilizing the Learning Pool Platform and our custom content development services, TAP has now launched its new ‘Becoming a True Athlete’ online training program designed for athletes, coaches and governing bodies. The course consists of multiple reflection pieces and mindfulness exercises, including a three-part breathing routine to help aid stress reduction. 

The course consists of over 130 resources including creative reflection exercises, videos and meditations for sport and encompasses five themes: performance; athlete identity and values; mindfulness; social action; nature and connectedness. 

Sam Parfitt, Founder and CEO at TAP commented: “There is an ever-increasing need to help individuals have positive experiences of sport that help them to flourish, especially now, given all the current challenges in the world.”

Learning Pool’s Director of Strategic Client Development, Sam Barbee also said:“The True Athlete Project is a charity that is making a real difference in sports and is having a positive impact on the world we all live in.  We couldn’t help but get behind Sam and the team.  It’s a real privilege to partner with TAP on their journey and the great work they do.”

Learning Pool is also committed to helping Derry-based ARC Fitness, a not-for-profit social enterprise that supports individuals and their loved ones in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Find out more here.

About Learning Pool

Learning Pool empowers workplaces to deliver extraordinary learning outcomes with its comprehensive suite of innovative technologies. Supporting the evolving ambition of more than 1,400 businesses investing in learning experiences for over 5 million global learners, Learning Pool’s suite provides everything needed to build, manage, and deliver workplace learning.

The company offers an unparalleled customer experience, delivered by more than 400 expert colleagues based in the UK and USA, working to bring each customer’s unique vision for learning and development to life.

In the last year, it has featured on 17 eLearning Industry lists for excellence in its field, received Gold at the 2021 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, for Best Advance in Learning Technology Implementation and double Gold in the Stevie Awards for Outstanding Customer Service. 

Recognized as a Strategic Leader in the Fosway 9-Grid™ for Digital Learning, wherever you find ambitious workplaces investing in their people, you’ll find Learning Pool.

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