Parents in Sport Week- Play your part

Parents in Sport Week will take place from 3 to 9 October 2016. This week will focus on how parents can greatly influence a child’s experience in sport through their actions, both positive and negative. 

We are asking sports organisations to give their support to the “Parents in Sport week” on the 3rd to 9th October 2016.

To confirm your commitment please email the [email protected] the following text; We realise parents play a pivotal role in sport and will support the Parents in Sport week.

More information on how to support parents in sport week can be found here

All too often we only hear negative stories about extreme poor behaviour from the side-lines. This negative parental behaviour takes away from a child’s experience of sport or their desire to continue participating within sport, as they no longer see taking part in sport as fun.

We want help from sports organisations to raise awareness of the crucial role parents have in helping a child reach their full potential.

3 key outcomes

The key outcomes that Parents in Sport Week aims to achieve are:

  1. to encourage sports organisations and clubs to promote the positive role parents play in helping children reach their full potential
  2. to empower parents by sharing information regarding key roles they can do as a sports parent in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun, and therefore retaining a child’s interest in sport
  3. to assist coaches and officials to understand the crucial role parents have in a child’s participation and continued involvement in sport

We have useful guidance for coaches regarding welcoming and appreciating parents, to assist in those initial conversations about roles and expectations, but also on how to have difficult discussions when things are not going well.

Further information

Related resources

Book a place on our free webinar, Promoting positive parenting in sport, which covers how parents can support children to enjoy sport and achieve to the best of their ability. It takes place on 7 October 2016.