PURPOSE OF THE TRAINING
The team of psychologists began with a preliminary stage aimed at building confidence between them and the referees that would convince the referees of the necessity of the presence of a psychologist to ensure the assimilation of the concepts, techniques and areas for development of the psychology programme.
At the same time, the psychologists introduced two other key aspects of the training:
• Helping the referees to adapt to new circumstances brought about by their staying at a hotel for between 30 and 45 consecutive days, aiding their acclimatisation to their new living conditions and seeking to keep them focused, motivated and confident in their abilities at all times.
• Improving the referees’ adaptation to the competition by presenting and practising techniques that enable them to cope with pressure, generate expectations of success, control their anxiety and strengthen their sporting and personal values.