Sportsthink 360 is a sports consultancy that prides itself on providing world class off field support to junior athletes.

Talented athlete programme

5-week programme that equips junior athletes with the toolkit that they require to tackle the demands of competitive sport

Additional programmes

Sports leadership

School talks

Staff development

Individual support

Young Athletes
Workshops & Talks


About us

After working with elite athletes for a number of years in the area of personal development, we have picked up on a common theme – the need for structured athlete support at an earlier age than what is currently on offer. Previous experience in education as well as coaching young athletes coupled with a clear picture of what is happening at an elite level has given us a “best of both” understanding. We have been inspired to take up the challenge in order to meet the needs of our young athletes. As a result – Sportsthink 360 was born.

Sportsthink 360 Working Group

We have put together a working group of interested specialists to better understand and come up with workable solutions to address many of the support and development challenges that our young athletes face

Ruan Schlebusch

Managing Director of Sportsthink 360 and National Player Development Manager, SACA

• 11 Years managing athlete development and Dual Careers in Pro sport
• 13 Years junior athlete education, support and development

Dr Kirsten van Heerden

Clinical Psychologist

• Represented her country on the sportsfield and holds a PhD in Sports Psychology
More than 11 years experience working with Olympians, world champions and junior athletes

Dr Sharief Hendricks

Senior Researcher at UCT and Visiting Fellow at Leeds Beckett University (UK)

• National Research Foundation Rated Scientist
• Over 50 publications in the areas of sport performance, injury prevention and health

Wolfgang Stockinger

Dual Career Expert, Founder and CEO of TW1N

• Head of the Austrian career development programme for athletes (2013 - 2018)
• Member of the EU Expert Group on Human Resources Development in Sport

Liane Karsten

Head of sport - Herschel Girls Prep

• Passionate coach of school, zonal and provincial girls sport for over 10 years
• WP Primary Schools Hockey committee member and Primary School Hockey Zonal Convener and Coach