Parents in Sport Week

Parents in Sport Week will focus on how parents can greatly influence a child’s experience in sport through their actions, both positive and negative. This initiative is supported by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.

Date: 3-9 October 2016
Location: nationwide
Get involved: You may have your own innovative ways to promote Parents in Sport Week. If you do, please email to show your support Parents’ in Sport Week.

About Parents in Sport Week

All too often, we only hear negative stories about extreme poor behaviour from the side-lines. This negative parental behaviour takes away from a child’s experience of sport or their desire to continue participating within sport, as they no longer see taking part in sport as fun.

We want help from sports organisations to raise awareness of the crucial role parents have in helping a child reach their full potential.

3 key outcomes

The key outcomes that Parents in Sport Week aims to achieve are:

  • to encourage sports organisations and clubs to promote the positive role parents play in helping children reach their full potential
  • to empower parents by sharing information regarding key roles they can do as a sports parent in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun, and therefore retaining a child’s interest in sport
  • to assist coaches and officials to understand the crucial role parents have in a child’s participation and continued involvement in sport
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