About Denise2019-04-18T12:41:49+01:00

About Denise

My background

As the founder of Class Performance – Excellence Within, I am an expert in human performance and specialise in helping people to realise their career and inspirational life aims.

I have been a coach in elite sports performance for over 20 years, collaborating with other coaches in many different sports all over the world. As a former international netball player, I know all about the highs, lows and struggles that go with the territory, whether you’re an athlete, coach or manager. Having captained the national Hong Kong team at the World Netball Championships, I moved into coaching, working with both the national team in Scotland and two England Netball Superleague teams.

As Scotland’s national netball coach, I presided over the team’s move up the world rankings to 12th place and saw them qualify for the Commonwealth Games. Frustratingly, I was unable to help when this previously high-performing team finished last in a major competition, amidst bickering, lack of focus and uncharacteristic mistakes. This pivotal moment was a real wake-up call and I went on a mission to find the key to consistent, quality performance. Little did I know that my discovery would to be the ultimate game-changer for people who are inspired to create, explore and achieve in life.

“If you are ready for change, I am inspired to work with you! Together, we will explore the fluidity and transient nature of your current perspective, and unleash your innate potential for creativity and achievement in life”. 


My ethos explained

I see opportunity and possibility, everywhere, even among the most challenging circumstances! I have seen first-hand how an understanding of the human mind can transform a person’s life so that they stop merely existing and start living to the full. The late Sydney Banks discovered that Three Principles – of Divine Mind, Divine Consciousness and Divine Thought – explain how people create their own experiences in life, and how it is possible to guide them to self-reliance and peace of mind. From this flows high performance, achievement and fulfilment of both career and life goals.

I am also a registered IHeart practitioner. This non-profit organisation provides a full 10-week curriculum, which meets with Ofsted requirements. This program is designed for 11-18 year olds, to realise their potential through learning about their innate resilience and mental health. Studies have shown the transformative and positive impact of this understanding in the lives of young people. The principles behind the curriculum are at the core of my 1:1 works with both youth and adults.

How I can help you

I draw on my grounding in the Three Principles to help you to understand what’s going on in your mind and harness your inner resources. This unique and different conversation is a genuinely transformative process, that sees you become naturally high performing, productive and effective, suffer less and enjoy your career and family life. While I focus on sport, my coaching is equally applicable to any one of all ages (especially young people) in the performing arts and the world of business, in fact, every part of your life.

Together we:

  • Explore what is possible through your mind and body, so you achieve the psychological freedom that leads to extraordinary results.
  • Look at simple ways to stay in the game even when your thinking isn’t playing ball!
  • Minimise slumps and losing streaks caused by excessive thinking.
  • Achieve higher quality thought processes that nurture unity and team cohesion, even when personalities clash.
  • Maximise your training, transfer your skills, in their entirety to the competition arena without losing focus or underperforming.

What People Say About Working With Denise

I used to struggle to remain calm and confident in stressful situations, what others think of me, what would happen if I did something wrong? We are all capable of achieving, no part of our abilities is lacking! This programme has truly changed me for the best and is perfect during my final year of University.

Hannah Salem
Third Year Student - The University of Kent - Sports Therapy

Denise has the skills and experience to wake people up to deeper knowledge about themselves. In the sporting arena, this knowledge happens to be crucially important.

Adam Ashe
Professional Rugby Player – Glasgow Warriors

Before I took part in Denise’s Health and Well Being programme, I stressed in many situations; it would prevent me from taking part in different things. I now look at the situations holistically and not let thoughts prevent me from putting myself forward.

Charlie Harris
2nd-year student – The University of Greenwich – Forensic science with Criminology Student

I enjoyed this course very much as it improved my shooting technique and accuracy dramatically. I learned that you do not have to be controlled by your negative thoughts because they are not you.

Harriet Bonner-Leney
Age 12

Denise’s new approach is great for teamwork, we don’t get upset with each other anywhere near as much, and get over disappointments quickly.

Amelia Davies
Third Year Student - The University of Kent, Sports and Excercise for Health

Denise has been instrumental in my evolving understanding of the Three Principles and how they specifically apply in high-performance sport. Her insightful and intuitive way of working has challenged and deepened my fundamental understanding of all human performance. I’ll always be appreciative of her significant role in my development as a performance director and coach.

Richard Pybus
Founder & CEO Optimal Performance - Former Director of Cricket - West Indies Cricket Board

I appreciate the support Denise gave me when I was transitioning into my new role at Leinster and helping me understand how to ‘free my mind!

Stuart Lancaster
Senior Coach Leinster Rugby – Former England Rugby Coach

I enjoyed speaking with Denise about the mind and performance. The conversations were very insightful and always had me challenging and questioning the status quo regarding mental performance. The critical pointer Denise gave was that our natural state is freedom of mind, clarity and potential. We don’t need to overexert the mind to find these states. Searching for them often leads us further into tension. I found this very relatable to direct experiences in life and sport.

Grayson Hart
Scotland International Rugby Player - London Scottish FC

Denise is impressive in her abilities by any standard. Her ability to teach and develop those around her, mark her out as someone with exceptional leadership and coaching skills. I constantly seek advice and counsel from her and trust her implicitly.

Floyd Woodrow MBE
Chairman and CEO of Chrysalis Worldwide

I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Denise when we met in America. It would be easy to accuse me of exaggeration or sensationalising by making the following statement, but I can only offer you the truth as I see it.

Matthew Roberts
England International High Jumper who came back from breaking his neck!

Denise has a tremendous understanding of how to achieve elite performance in sport. Her contagious enthusiasm is motivating and inspires you to the next level

Lesley MacDonald
Scotland National Netball Athlete (107 caps)

I am so grateful to have worked with Denise, I used to float in and out of different moods and believed it was other things and situations causing them. Honestly, this understanding has changed my life.

Nadia McMillian
Third Year Student - The University of Kent, Sport and Exercise Science.


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