Parents play a vital role in encouraging and supporting their child's participation, success and fun when playing sport.
It is essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals.
To raise awareness of this, from 2 to 8 October 2017 North Yorkshire Sport are supporting the Child Protection in Sport Unit with Parents in Sport Week, which focuses on the role of sporting parents in helping young people reach their full potential.
In their own words
In these short videos young people talk about the support they've received from thier parents to get involved in sport and send some key messages to parents about the kind of support they can offer.
- sometimes parents put pressure on children and young people to get involved or achieve
- don't force young people to do something they don't want to
- try to encourage children to believe they can achieve in sport
- let children have fun and enjoy sport
What parents' support means to children and young people
- Positive sports parents – supporting talented young athletes
- Positive sports parents – videos for parents
Resources for parents
Our Information for parents pages includes advice on how to best support your child in sport.
For more on this subject, see our Parents in sport topic pages for guidance on promoting positive parental behaviour.
- Code of conduct for parents and carers
- Parental involvement in sport scenarios
- Parents in sport – leaflet for coaches
- Promoting positive parental behaviour – PowerPoint template
'It's our game, not yours' - My Magic Sports Kit
This video shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents and spectators deteriorates when they wear their 'magic sports kit' – that is, when they compete.
The young people talk about a range of bad adult behaviours and how these negatively affect them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour.
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Understanding and promoting positive parental involvement in sport
2nd October 11am - 12pm