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 at Active for Life, we believe in giving them due recognition.
Parents who spend time registering their children, driving them to practices and games, providing emotional support, and more are not only helping to make youth sport possible, but are also a crucial part of a positive sport experience for children.
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 supporting kids in sport
If your sports club or association would like to join us in celebrating sport parents, we’ve got a toolkit to help you.
Use the hashtag #sportsparents
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 celebrating sports parents all year long. Visit our resource page for more information, and follow the hashtag #sportsparents on social media to get involved in the discussion.