Parents and Sports Blog – Maria Cassidy

Participation in sport is often the highlight of the week for some children, bringing enjoyment as well as benefits in terms of physical and emotional health. Sport can teach children important team work skills and create lasting friendships but none of this would be possible without the time parents set aside to take their children to training and matches and the emotional energy spent cheering a child’s team on and consoling them in defeat.

Parents in Sport Week is a fantastic opportunity to promote and celebrate the great work that parents do week in week out to support their children and keep them motivated, enthused and committed to their sport. There are three key aims of the week:

1. Ensure parents recognise their role in keeping children safe in sport.

2. Help parents understand how to positively influence their child’s enjoyment and well-being in sport.

3. Encourage clubs to engage and involve parents in their child’s sport.

There are lots of ways for parents and coaches to get involved in this campaign. There are free downloadable materials for parents to use including posters, infographics to share on social media, key questions parents can ask about safeguarding at their local sports club etc. as well as leaflets for coaches on top tips for working with parents. Let’s all sign up to support Parents in Sport Week at https://thecpsu.org.uk/upcoming-events/parents-in-sport-week-2018/ and spread the message about the important role parents play to keep children safe in sport.