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Rapport Building and Communicating

A Guide to Getting to Know Your Participants’ Parents

Gordon MacLelland of Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) shares his thoughts and approach to becoming better acquainted with the parents of the people you coach and learning how they can help you within your sport setting

With parents, in most cases, the most influential people in a young person’s life, do we do enough to engage with them and bring them into the sporting process?

Parents can be major allies of a coach and by getting to know them and their backgrounds on a personal level it can be of major benefit to all parties.

If managed correctly, parents may be able to positively reinforce our messages and values at home, leading to clarity and consistency for young people – something that is crucially important, particularly with everything that we have all recently been through.

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