England Golf has joined forces with the NSPCC and more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week from October 2-8.
The week aims to highlight the essential role parents have in a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport. It also calls on sports clubs to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play.
Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University who studies parental involvement in sport says, “Parents play a critical role within youth sport. Without their support and involvement youth sport could not exist in the way it does today”.
Feedback from current sports stars and research with young people shows how important parents are as role models. However ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents can affect a children’s experience.
Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and England Golf are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to sport, if they are engaged appropriately.
The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at thecpsu.org.uk/parents together with more information about Parents in Sport Week.