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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.

In their own words - videos from young people about parental support

Key points

  • 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

Related videos

Resources for parents

Our Information for parents pages includes advice on how to best support your child in sport.

Further information

For more on this subject, see our Parents in sport topic pages for guidance on promoting positive parental behaviour.

More resources

'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.