These short videos aim to help coaches and sports clubs realise the potential of parental involvement. They discuss why it’s important to get parents involved and how to work with them to make sure children and young people enjoy and do well in their chosen sport.
The clips are excerpts from a longer interview with Dr Camilla Knight titled ‘Positive sports parents – valuing their contribution’.
Positive parents – messages for sports clubs
as a starting point, sports clubs need to work with parents to help them understand the critical role they play in youth sport
clubs need to think about parents’ commitment and the challenges they face
by understanding that parents are stakeholders, clubs can develop policies to work with and support parents
sports clubs can then start to educate parents themselves about the importance of their contribution
How can coaches work in partnership with parents?
learn how to best understand and work with parents
recognise that parents need to be involved – and that we want them to be involved
understand their impact on children’s sporting participation
work with parents from the outset to develop shared goals and ideals
foster positive relationships – this pays dividends in the long run
For more on this subject, see our guidance on promoting positive parental behaviour on our Parents in sport topic pages.
- Positive sports parents – supporting talented young athletes
- Positive sports parents – videos for parents
- Code of conduct for parents and carers
- Parental involvement in sport scenarios
- Parents in sport – leaflet for coaches
- Promoting positive parental behaviour – PowerPoint template
Resources for parents
You can direct parents to our Information for parents pages, where they can watch videos produced for them and find out what they can do to better support their children in sport.