Parents in Sport Week 2017

Parents in Sport Week 2017
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The focus of Parents in Sport Week 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.

Date: 2-8 October 2017
Location: nationwide

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.

Ways to engage parents

In the run-up to Parents in Sport Week 2016, we listed 5 ways to get involved and promote the event in your club or organisation. Many of these ideas can also be used throughout the year to engage parents.

  • hold seminars for club welfare officers – focus on how to positively engage with parents using information from our Parents in sport resources page
  • show parents our My Magic Sports Kit video – you could even develop your own sport-specific version
  • run a Parents in Sport Week poster competition – encourage young people to design posters, and use the winning poster to promote the week
  • produce sport-specific NGB-branded certificates for clubs that sign up to support Parents in Sport Week
  • set up an information session for parents on training plans and how parents can support their child’s learning

You may have your own innovative ways to promote Parents in Sport Week. If you do, please let us know at

Ways to get involved

There's so many ways to get involved in Parents in Sport Week – we encourage you to be creative and celebrate parental involvement in sport before and during the week.

To get you started, we've got some suggestions for the week and a range of resources you can use in your organisation:

You may have your own innovative ways to promote Parents in Sport Week. If you do, please let us know at

Supporting organisations

Supporting organisations

We're proud to present this list of all the sports organisations that have already given their support to Parents in Sport Week.

  • Active for Life
  • Active Humber
  • Active Merthyr
  • Active Surrey
  • Active Sussex
  • Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council
  • Athletics Ireland
  • Athletics Northern Ireland

  • Badminton Ulster
  • Banbridge Rugby Football Club
  • Basketball Northern Ireland
  • Boccia England
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Football Academy
  • British gymnastics
  • British Orienteering
  • British Weightlifting
  • British Wrestling
  • Bronte Tykes Junior Cycling Club

  • Caledonian Youth Club
  • Children 1st
  • Community Games
  • Confederation of Golf in Ireland
  • Corstorphine Cougars Rugby Club
  • County Durham Sport
  • Cycling Ireland

  • England Hockey
  • England Squash

  • Gateway Cycling
  • Golf Union of Wales
  • Golfing Union of Ireland
  • Gymnastics Ireland

  • High Performance Parenting
  • Hockey Ireland
  • Horse Sport Ireland

  • Irish Athletic Boxing Association
  • Irish Bowling Association
  • Irish Bowls Federation
  • Irish Football Association
  • Irish Rugby
  • Irish Sailing

  • Kent Sport and Physical Activity Service
  • Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club

  • Lawn tennis Association
  • Leap - Bucks & Milton Keynes Sport and Activity Partnership
  • Llanfyllin Squash Club

  • National Ice Skating Association
  • Netball Northern Ireland
  • Newry Mourne Down District Council
  • Newtown Dragons Squash & Racket Ball Club
  • North West Cricket Union
  • North West Cycle Coaching
  • North Yorkshire Sport
  • Northamptonshire Sport
  • Northern Cricket Union
  • Northern Ireland Ju Jitsu Federation
  • Northern Ireland Judo Federation
  • Northern Ireland Orienteering Association
  • Northern Ireland Small-bore Shooting Association

  • Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity Partnership

  • Parkrun UK
  • Pen Y Bont Surf Life Saving Club

  • Rowing Ireland
  • Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales  
  • Royal Yatchting Association Northern Ireland

  • Snowsport England
  • South Ashford Football Club
  • Special Olympics Ireland
  • Special Olympics Ulster
  • Sport Cardiff
  • Sport for Life
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Sport Wales
  • Suffolk Sport
  • Surf Life Saving Association Wales
  • Swansea University
  • Swim Ireland
  • Swim Ulster
  • Swim Wales

  • Table Tennis England
  • Table Tennis Ulster
  • Team Bath AS
  • Tennis Ireland
  • Tennis Wales
  • The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland
  • The Football Association
  • Triathlon Ireland

  • UK Dodgeball Association
  • Ulster GAA
  • Ulster Hockey
  • Ulster Rifle Association
  • Ulster Rugby
  • Ulster Squash

  • Welsh Amateur Boxing Association
  • Welsh Rowing

  • Yorkshire Sport Foundation
  • Youth Sport Trust