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 5th to 11th October 2020 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.

There is lots of support & guidance available on our website as well as lots of resources on the Child Protection in Sport Unit

Make sure you are following us on Twitter @NorthYorksSport for latest news on Parents in Sport Week 2020.

How you can help

Whether you're a great sports parent, or a club or coach, you can help us reach out to more parents. Here's a few ways in which you can support the campaign:

  • look for #ParentsinSportWeek2020 on social media and share our posts and resources
  • if you're a parent, make the Sports Parents Promise, share your commitment on social media and encourage more parents to do the same
  • talk to your child's club about their safeguarding policy and procedures and share your knowledge with other parents at the club
  • share your positive sports parenting stories on social media and tag us @TheCPSU
  • share our information for parents in your club newsletter, and on your blog or website
  • use Parents in Sport Week as an opportunity to highlight your club's safeguarding policies to parents in an email or newsletter

Sports Parents Promise

During Parents in Sport Week 2020 North Yorkshire Sport are supporting the CPSU to ask parents to make a promise to their child/children to make sure they have safe and enjoyable experiences within sport.

The Sports Parents Promise is a 3-point promise highlighting how parents can be a great sports parents. The CPSU website gives advice on each point and and tips on ways parents can fulfil the promise.

Make the Sports Parents Promise

As a positive sports parent, I make these promises to my child(ren):

StarI promise to listen to you if you have any concerns about your sport

StarI promise to learn how your club keeps you safe and what I can do to help

StarI promise to make sure that I set a good example and support you (and your teammates) in a positive way

To make it official add your name to be counted using the form on the CPSU Website

Parents will also get a certificate to share on social media with other #sportsparents. or to proudly display at home! You can type your child's name directly on to the PDF or fill it in by hand afterwards – whichever you prefer.

Aims of the week

1. Ensure parents recognise their role in keeping children safe in sport – It's a big decision for parents to leave their child in the care of someone else. We are asking sports organisations to provide the information that parents need to make an informed choice about the club or activity their child attends and what to do if they have a concern.

2. Help parents understand how to positively influence their child's enjoyment and wellbeing in sport – We are encouraging parents to look at how their behaviour and involvement influences their child's enjoyment of sport, through the resources on our website and that of the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

3. Encourage clubs to engage and involve parents in their child's sport – This is a chance for clubs and coaches to showcase their creativity, and show how they will engage directly with parents. Why not try something new. It could be an event for parents, or a change in policy that ensures parents are more involved in the sporting lives of their children.

Resources for parents

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

The below document gives practical things that parents should be asking of sports clubs & providers

The below resources are available on the CPSU website:

Resources for coaches

Understanding and promoting the involvement of parents in sport – webinar recording

Positive sports parents – videos for coaches and clubs

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.

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

'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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