Parents in Sport Week takes place from 2 to 8 October 2017.
The focus this year continues to be on highlighting the valuable role parents play – and the positive influence they have – in ensuring young people develop to their full potential and enjoy their time playing sport.
We're currently working on the specifics for the week and will publicise details of resources and how to get involved very soon.
For starters, though, you can show your support for the campaign by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘We are supporting Parents in Sport Week 2017’ and identifying your organisation.
You can also help promote Parents in Sport Week 2017 via Twitter by including the hashtag #sportsparents.
Aims of Parents in Sport Week
We encourage sports organisations and clubs to recognise and promote the positive and important role parents play in helping children reach their full potential. To do this, they can:
- work with parents to reflect on the demands they’re encountering and then identify strategies to manage those demands
- encourage sports clubs and coaches to take time to show they value parents, want parental input and are grateful for what parents can do
Parents play a pivotal role in sport and young people depend on their support and encouragement.
2016 Spotlight – how British Tennis reached out to parents
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) recognised the importance of how parents can understand and navigate their child’s journey by asking the right questions and being the right role model for their child.
Knowing they can always do more to support parents and their children, the LTA created the British Tennis Parent Advisory Group. Recruiting parents from across Great Britain with various experiences of tennis, the group meets 3 times a year and communicates regularly online. Sharing issues and ideas, they’re helping shape support for families involved in tennis.
The LTA used Parents in Sport Week 2016 to promote their Fair Play campaign. In this campaign, they aim to support parents to positively influence their children with a short video that summarises positive behaviours. The LTA already see countless good examples of Fair Play – and they see it as their role to encourage this as much as possible.
While some children and young people play tennis for fun, others want to be the next Andy Murray or Jo Konta. Either way, Fair Play reminds everyone to respect each other and enjoy the game, promoting sportsmanship on and off court.
This year, Fair Play plans to further introduce additional videos, Fair Play awards and guidance for officials and coaches on addressing any incidents.