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 2021 may take a slightly different tone as communities everywhere continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most youth sports groups made significant cuts to programming in 2020, resulting in fewer opportunities for parents to be involved. As programs begin to open up again in 2021 and beyond, there will be expanded opportunities for parents to support their children’s sport and activity.
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 4 to 10, 2021 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.