Help parents support their child in sport

Last updated: 01 Oct 2018 Topics: Working with our partners Community and school sports Type: News article

If parents don't take part in sport themselves, it can be difficult to navigate the physical and emotional challenges children might face as part of their experience. 

Most parents provide fantastic emotional and practical support to their children, however when it comes to sport, you may find that some parents struggle to get involved or don't know how best to support them. 

Talk to parents in your sport and get them thinking about the following things they can do to help their child get the most out of sport:

  • take time to talk to your child and find out why they want to take part in sport
  • take time to learn about your child’s sport, what it means to them, and how they see sport fitting in their lives
  • try and focus on the range of benefits your child will gain from taking part in sport, rather than just the wins and losses 
  • ask your child what they would like you to do before, during and after competitions or matches. Children usually know what's going to help them deal with the stresses of competing
  • recognise that competitions can be emotionally challenging and demanding for you as a parent 
  • develop strategies to stay calm when watching your child compete
  • most importantly, remember that your child’s sport experience is unique to them. They will develop in different ways, at different rates, and achieve differently to other children.

Further information

Take a look at our dedicated parents pages for guidance on working with parents in your sport.  

Information for parents

If you're a sports parent looking for further advice, take a look at our information for parents and carers.