Parents in Sport Week, co-ordinated by the CPSU, took place 2 – 8 October 2017 and saw hundreds of sports organisations sign-up to show their support.
We spread the word about the Parents in Sport Week campaign, which highlights the important role parent’s play in youth sport and gained support from a number of high-profile sports people and celebrities such as former England defender Graeme Le Saux and ex- Manchester City & Spurs player Paul Stewart who we caught up with at the FA annual conference.
Support flooded in on social media too, with a number of celebrities sharing why parents have been so fundamental in their success. Former England footballer Alan Shearer, BT Sport presenter Lynsey Hipgrave and Olympic Medallist gymnast Beth Tweedle were among those who shared their stories.
As part of the event, we encouraged sports organisations to do something with parents to engage them in the life of the sport and show them why their involvement is so important to their children. Take a look at some of the things they got up to during the week.
Parents jump to it
A British Gymnastics club, Big Jumps Trampolining invited parents along to their children’s sessions to see first-hand all the hard work they put in on a weekly basis and encouraged children to coach their parents during the session.
Helen Murphy, Safeguarding & Compliance Officer for British Gymnastics said:
“We hope they can coach and show their parents or carers that it’s not as easy as it looks and that encouragement is always good, as well as them just having a go at a session.”
A new record for parental involvement
Table Tennis Ulster held a social event for the whole family to enjoy, including laying on some food and inviting parents, young athletes and a number of celebrity players, including Dame Mary Peters, Pete Snodden and Mark Sidebottom.
The night was an important one for the sport too as at the event they set a new world record for the most consecutive opponents in a table tennis rally, beating a previous record of 108, Head Coach of Ormeau TTC, Keith Knox stretched the record to 112.
Support for Tennis parents
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) supported Parents in Sport Week by promoting their Parent Support Programme. The LTA have worked closely with Sport Psychology experts from Loughborough University to develop the programme and offer support to parents nurturing the next generation of players.
Young people’s messages to parents
Rugby Football League club, Heworth Rugby League carried out several forums with children and young people, led by their Club Welfare Officer, Paul Harrison. In the sessions, children discussed touchline behaviour from parents and how they want to be praised for their training and playing.
Paul gathered all the responses from the children in the listening sessions and incorporated them into a format for all parents to see and view when they are at the club. It’s hoped that parents will be inspired by what children have said.
Messages from children included things like:
“It gives me more confidence when they are there”
“I like it when they cheer us on and encourage us”
“I like to show off the ability of what we can do and see the big smile on their faces”
We’ve really enjoyed seeing all the great things happening from sport during the week and would like to thank everyone who supported the campaign in so many different ways.