Coaching in the UK

UK Coaching joins in with Parents in Sport Week 2017

Mon, 02 Oct 2017

UK Coaching joins more than 100 sports organisations across UK and Ireland to support the NSPCC in promoting Parents in Sport Week.

From the 2-8 October, the awareness week underscores the positive, supporting role that parents play, and reminds coaches and officials to examine their communication with parents to benefit children’s involvement in sport. 

Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University, who studies parental involvement in sport, said:

“Parents play a critical role within youth sport. Without their support and involvement youth sport could not exist in the way it does today.”

However we all know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents that can affect a children’s experience. Through Parents in Sport Week, UK Coaching and the NSPCC are reminding everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to sport but only if they are engaged appropriately.

Dave Turner, Development Lead Officer for Children at UK Coaching, said:

“Parents in Sport Week offers us a chance to thank parents, on behalf of coaches, for all their efforts in making sport and physical activity a reality for thousands of young people in the UK. 

“As an organisation we encourage coaches and parents to work positively together for better sport and physical outcomes for young people; ensuring they develop to their full potential and enjoy their time playing sport.

“We’d also like to remind parents that our coaching in primary schools toolkit has all the resources they should need to ensure coaching provision in their child’s school is of high quality. And to pick up some information about how to get involved with your child’s sport and physical activity through coaching.”

The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at cpsu.org.uk/parents.    

Through Parents in Sport Week, UK Coaching and the NSPCC hope to highlight the essential role parents have to a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport. Further information can be found on the NSPCC’s website:

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