Parents in Sport Week


Parents in Sport Week – running from 3 to 9 October 2016 – focuses on how parents can greatly influence a child’s experience in sport through their actions, both positive and negative.

What it’s about…

The week looks at parental involvement under the following themes:

  • motivation
  • responsibility
  • communication

There are videos, leaflets and posters highlighting the important role of parents in supporting young athletes.

Some Key points

  • a parent’s role extends from securing access to the right training and coaching, to offering emotional and strategic support pre- and post-competition, as well as being there for the competition itself
  • in addition to providing funding and transport for training, a parent can help their child get in the right frame of mind to be motivated and focussed before a session
  • parents can also help young people reflect on what they’ve learned from the training and identify areas for improvement
  • in the lead-up to a competition, a parent knows how their child is feeling and can help tailor strategies for coping with crowds and the emotions of the other young athletes
  • parents can boost their child’s self-esteem by letting them know they’re looking forward to watching them enjoy their sport and improving on their performance, rather than focussing on winning – this translates into improved spectator behaviour too
  • a parent can be there for post-event analysis when their child is ready to have that conversation
  • by engaging in positive discussion, parents can understand what their child wants to achieve, so that both parent and child will better enjoy this involvement in sport

There are more great videos featuring some important messages and reminders e.g.
Videos for parents,
Supporting talented young athletes.

Find out more about the campaign…

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