Parents in Sport

Parents in Sports Week

Parents in Sport Week takes place from 2 to 8 October 2017.

The NSPCC and Athletics Northern Ireland 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.

The focus this year continues to be on highlighting the valuable role parents play – and the positive influence they have – in ensuring young people develop to their full potential and enjoy their time playing sport. Feedback from current sports stars and research with young people shows how important parents are as role models.

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 Athletics Northern Ireland 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.

The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and Athletics Northern Ireland hope to highlight the essential role parents have to a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.

You can show your support for the campaign by emailing with the subject heading ‘We are supporting Parents in Sport Week 2017’ and identifying your organisation.

You can also help promote Parents in Sport Week 2017 via Twitter by including the hashtag #sportsparents.

For more information on Parents in Sport Week 2017 CLICK HERE

Aims of Parents in Sport Week

We encourage 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
  • identify strategies to manage the demands on parents
  • encourage sports clubs and coaches to take time to show they value parents, want parental input and are grateful for what parents can do

Parents play a pivotal role in sport and young people depend on their support and encouragement.