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 4th to 10th October 2021 North Yorkshire Sport are supporting the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) 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 2021.

What's new for 2021

CPSU aim for the week

This year, The CPSU are aiming Parents in Sport Week directly at parents whose children take part in the sports they work with, to give them everything they need to be part of the bigger safeguarding picture in sport.

New resources for 2021

As part of this year's campaign, CPSU will be launching several new resources for parents to help skill them up on keeping their child safe in sport, these include:

  • a new animation for parents on what abuse might look like in sport and how to get help
  • a short, interactive e-learning course for parents on how to keep children safe
  • a new look parents' hub on the CPSU website, which parents can use as a one-stop-shop for safeguarding information

They will be launching these new tools throughout Parents in Sport Week 2021 across the CPSU and NSPCC websites and social media using #ParentsinSportWeek.

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 #ParentsinSportWeek on social media and share posts and resource - if you're a parent share your commitment on social media and encourage more parents to do the same
  • taking the CPSU's e-learning course and learn how to keep your child safe
  • 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

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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