These short clips for parents look at how they can help young people play and achieve to the best of their ability. They're excerpts from a longer interview with Dr Camilla Knight titled 'Positive sports parents – valuing their contribution'.
Messages for parents of young athletes
- to best be involved in your child’s sporting life, talk to your child
- understand why they’re participating
- let them know why you want them to enjoy sport
- work out shared goals, which will lead to a shared understanding about what their sport means to them
- through positive practices, talk to your child about how they feel about your involvement
The role of parents in supporting children and young people in sport
- parents play a critical role in the early stages of a child becoming a young athlete but the impact is felt throughout their sporting career
- parents provide key emotional support – especially in learning how to deal with winning and losing
- children model their behaviour on their parents, learning to enjoy participating in sport and what makes a good sportsperson
- likewise, young people’s behaviour as spectators is based on how their parents react at competitions
- parents also actively help children understand what it means to participate in sport and respond in different situations
The importance of parents in sport
- it's too easy to think of negative media stories about over-involved parents
- 'pushy parents' are only a minority of parents
- some parents worry about this negative image – so they're not sure how they should support their children
- it's important that they fulfil their critical role in a young athlete’s life
Our Parents' hub has advice and resources to help parents and carers better support their children in sport.
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 coaches and clubs