Parents play a pivotal role in encouraging and supporting their child’s participation, success and fun when playing sport.
Therefore, it’s essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals.
To raise awareness of this, every October we mark Parents in Sport Week, which focuses on the role of the sporting parent in helping young people reach their full potential.
We have also created information pages for parents to highlight what parents can do to best support their child in sport.
Importance of parents in sport
Parents, through their support, encouragement and understanding, help their children have fun and reach their potential in their chosen sport.
Parents can be a positive role model for their children and the team, by showing supporting and motivating behaviour on the sidelines as a spectator.
Parents can become key allies for your club by providing support with transport, helping with activities, training to become coaches or helping with other activities to benefit the club such as fundraising.
Role of sports organisations
Sports organisations need to raise awareness with their coaches of the crucial role a parent has in helping a child reach their full potential.
To assist in this, we've produced a number of resources for clubs to use when providing messages to parents, as well as to their own coaches.