Parents in Sport Week

1st October 2018
Written by
Energise Me


We want young people to feel safe when they take part in sport and physical activity.


A safe and supportive environment can boost confidence, promote teamwork and create opportunities to learn valuable life skills. Every parent/carer in sport can make a big difference to a participants’ enjoyment of an activity. This can be done by making sure they put safe practices at the heart of everything they do. That is why we are getting involved in Parents in Sport Week 2018.

We are supporting the CPSU to further develop sports and physical activity engagement with parents. The three aims of the campaign are to:

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

Help parents understand how to positively influence their child’s enjoyment.

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

Top tips on how to develop great parent-coach relationships.

Number One

Remember the relationship runs three ways between the coach, parent/carer and young person. It’s important to have clarity between each of these so they understand their role in the triangle.

Number Two

Each person in the triangle will have different challenges. When looking at situations, try to see them from the other persons perspective.

Number Three

For coaches, organise pre-season meetings for your parents/carers and make time to speak to them. This is an opportunity to share your philosophy on participation, winning and how you deal with behaviour.

Number Four

For parents/carers, try your best not to coach from the side lines during games or practice. It will send the young person mixed messages and leave them unsure of who to listen to and what to do.

Number Five

You are going to see the ups and downs. Keep in mind that sometimes the young person may perceive that they’ve upset the coach or parent/carer when something doesn’t go well or they fail.

Number Six

If coaches can include parents/carers in the team brief talks, the parents will feel more involved and have a better understanding of the plan/strategy for the game or competition.

Number Seven

Discuss and agree on the young persons goals before the season starts. This way each person in the triangle will understand what to expect from the season.

Number Eight

It’s a good idea for parents to make early contact and recognise the coaches commitment. This can help form positive relationships early on.

Number Nine

What about if you experience conflict? Take yourself away from the situation and speak to somebody else first. Give yourself space and time before going back to have the conversation.

Number Ten

Need to have a difficult conversation. Talk tentatively and tell the facts rather than the story. Invite opposing views and compare the differences from each side. Try to find common ground and agree actions to overcome the problem.


Tips courtesy of Dr Jonathan Smith, Performance Psychologist

For more information
Sophie Burton
Strategic Lead – Insight and Workforce
Call 01962 676373 / 07809 205404
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