Sport parents often get a bad rap. With plenty of bad-sport-parenting stories making headlines in recent years, it’s easy to see why. We all cringe when we hear about parents yelling from the sidelines or fighting in the stands.
However, these sorts of incidents don’t reflect the whole story of sports parents and the positive contributions made by most of them. In the video below, Camilla Knight, an associate professor of sports science at Swansea University in the UK, explains how important parents are in supporting young kids in their sport experiences.
Parents in Sport Week gives healthy sport parents due recognition. First conceived and promoted by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) in the United Kingdom, Parents in Sport Week celebrates all the parents who help to make youth sport possible by registering their children for programs, driving them to practices and games, providing unconditional support, and more. In 2018, the event runs the week of October 1 to 8.
Parents in Sport Week
October 1 to October 8, 2018
Use the hashtags #sportsparents, #PISW
If you want to help promote Parents in Sport Week, we’ve got a toolkit to help you.
Because parents play an essential role in supporting their children in sport and activity, the CPSU believes it’s important for sport organizations and clubs to communicate and engage with them in a proactive manner. Through positive communication, parents and sport associations can work towards the common goal of providing the best sport and activity experience possible for each child.
In promoting this initiative, the CPSU has created a large variety of resources to support parents, coaches, and sport organizations. There are information pages to help parents understand what they can do to support their child in sport, and there are resources for coaches and clubs to assess and improve their own efforts to engage parents.
Active for Life invites parents, coaches, and recreation and sport organizations to get on board with Parents in Sport Week. Visit our Parents in sport resources page for more information, and follow the hashtag #sportsparents on social media to get involved in the discussion.