Parents in Sport

Parents in Sports Week

Parents in Sport Week takes place from 1 to 7 October 2018.

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 1st -7th 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 2018’ and identifying your organisation.

You can also help promote Parents in Sport Week 2018 via Twitter by including the hashtag #SportsParents, #ParentsinSportWeek2018 and #InvolvingParents.

For more information on Parents in Sport Week 2018 CLICK HERE

Aims of Parents in Sport Week

We'll look to further develop sports’ engagement with parents by focusing on these 3 key aims:

1. Ensure parents recognise their role in keeping children safe in sport

It’s a big decision for parents to leave their child in the care of someone else. We’re asking sports organisations to provide the information that parents need to make an informed choice about the club or activity their child attends and what to do if they have a concern.

2. Help parents understand how to positively influence their child’s enjoyment and wellbeing in sport

We’re encouraging parents to look at how their behaviour and involvement influences their child’s enjoyment of sport, through the resources on our website.

Sports will be asked to help create a positive environment for children and parents in sport by having a no tolerance policy on poor parental behaviour.

3. Encourage clubs to engage and involve parents in their child’s sport

This is a chance for clubs and coaches to showcase their creativity, and show us how they will engage directly with parents. Why not try something new. It could be an event for parents, or a change in policy that ensures parents are more involved in the sporting lives of their children.