Welsh Cycling is pleased to join the NSPCC to promote Parents in Sport Week 2017.
The NSPCC and Welsh Cycling have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week. We want our sports clubs to rally behind our efforts from October 2nd -8th to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play. Coaches and officials can also examine their communication with parents to benefit children’s involvement in sport.
Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University who studies parental involvement in sport says, “Parents play a critical role within youth sport. Without their support and involvement youth sport could not exist in the way it does today”.
However we all know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents which subsequently can affect a children’s experience. Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and Welsh Cycling are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to our sport but only if they are engaged appropriately.
Chief Executive Officer at Welsh Cycling, Anne Adams-King said "Parents play such an integral role in cycling, from encouraging and supporting their children's development, to giving up so much of their time to help out at clubs and cycling events across Wales.
"Their help and support is invaluable, therefore we are proud to be supporting such an important initative to extend our thank you to them".
The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at thecpsu.org.uk/parents
Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and Welsh Cycling hope to highlight the essential role parents have to a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.
Aims of Parents in Sport Week
Parents in Sport Week encourages sports organisations and clubs to recognise and promote the positive and important role parents play in helping children reach their full potential. To do this, they can:
- work with parents to reflect on the demands they’re encountering and then identify strategies to manage those demands
- encourage sports clubs and coaches to take time to show they value parents, want parental input and are grateful for what parents can do