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. Most sports parents make positive contributions, and Parents in Sport Week gives them due recognition.
First conceived and promoted by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) in the United Kingdom, Parents in Sport Week celebrates parents who help to make youth sport possible by registering their children, driving them to practices and games, providing emotional support, and more.
Parents in Sport Week 2020 will have a slightly different tone due to COVID-19. Most youth sports programs have had to cut back significantly on their offerings, resulting in fewer opportunities for parents to be involved. That said, there are still important ways that parents can support their children in sport through the pandemic. Hockey mom Christine Latreille offers especially useful insights for parents during COVID-19, and Camilla Knight, an associate professor of sports science at Swansea University, explains the important role that parents play in general in the video below.
Celebrating parents in sport
October 5 to 11, 2020 is Parents In Sports Week.
If your sports club or association would like to join us in celebrating parents in sport in October — or at any time during the year — we’ve got a toolkit to help you.
Use the hashtags #sportsparents, #PISW
The overarching message of Parents in Sport Week is that sport organizations and clubs are wise to communicate and engage parents in a proactive manner. Through positive communication, parents and sport associations can work together to provide the best sport experience for each child. The CPSU has created a variety of resources to support parents, coaches, and sport organizations in making this happen.
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.