Parents in Sport Week officially kicks off

Last updated: 07 Oct 2019 Topics: Safeguarding children Type: News article

Sports parents, clubs and stars have been showing their support for Parents in Sport Week and recognising the vital role parents play in keeping sport safe and fun for their children.

Hundreds of parents have already discovered what makes a great sports parent by making the Sports Parents Promise to their children.

The 3-point promise provides information and advice about choosing a safe club, being a positive role model and encouraging children from the stands.

There's still time to join in, parents have until the end of Parents in Sport Week on 13 October to make the promise.

Star supporters

Sports stars are backing the campaign by sharing their experiences of the role their parents played in encouraging their enjoyment of sport as children.

We'll be hearing from Lionesses Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton, five-time Olympian Jo Pavey, and Liverpool midfielder James Milner during the week-long campaign.

Courtside Dad

Tennis parent and podcast host Andy Burns discussed the benefits of creating a positive courtside culture with the CPSU's Paul Stephenson in the latest episode of his Courtside series.

Andy came up with the idea of creating the podcasts after finding himself spending time courtside supporting his son, 11-year-old Elijah.

To find out more tune in to Courtside.

Training together

Parents at a taekwon-do club in Sutton Coldfield have been training alongside their children after the club introduced free training for parents.

Instructor Emma Collett said:

“Having parents train with their children has been fantastic for us as a club. It helps parents to understand the techniques that are being taught to their children, which helps with more effective home practice.

“It also lets parents experience the pressures and nerves of big events such as gradings and competitions so they can better support their children through the physical and mental learning.

“And, parents have told us they enjoy having a shared interest with their children.”

Friendly competition

Parents will be putting their best foot forward in Northern Ireland on Sunday 13 October when Greenisland Football Club hosts a friendly Parents v Coaches match as part of their Parents in Sport Week activities.

A safer sports environment

Nick Slinn, Head of CPSU, said:

“Sport forms a huge part of childhood for many young people, and at the NSPCC we believe that children should be free to enjoy their time at clubs and activities in a safe environment where they can achieve to the best of their ability.

“We introduced the Sports Parents Promise because it is essential for everyone to play their part in protecting children, and making every sporting experience a positive one. We want to make it easier for parents to know how they can support a safer sports environment and give them confidence to act when needed.”

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