Important role of parents in sports

These short clips have been taken from the Child Protection in Sports Units website
These clips are for parents to 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

Key points

– 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

Key points

– 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

Key points

– 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 fulfill their critical role in a young athlete’s life