Great Sports Parenting 'The start of the sporting journey'

A guide for parents to help effectively support their children in the earlier stages of their sporting journey

Created by Gordon MacLelland Last updated Thu, 14-Oct-2021 English
What will I learn?
  • How to support their children in the early stages of their sporting journey
  • The importance of the parental role
  • Understanding why your children will be playing sport
  • How to find the right sport, club, coach and session for your child
  • Using sport to develop your child's character skills
  • Understanding potential and avoiding comparisons
  • The dangers of specialisation
  • How to manage sideline support and parental peer pressure
  • How to effectively manage the car journey home

Curriculum for this course
27 Lessons 01:12:54 Hours
2 Lessons 00:02:39 Hours
  • Introduction 00:02:39
  • About 'Working with Parents in Sport'
  • Course Aims and Overview 00:01:53
  • The importance of your role 00:03:08
  • Video - 'Tiger Woods and his son' 00:05:54
  • Your children will be watching and listening to you
  • Why do your children play and why may they quit? 00:05:54
  • What makes sport fun for our children? (Research by Amanda Visek)
  • Assignment 1 - Why does your child play sport?
  • Finding the right sport and club for your children 00:04:46
  • Assignment 2 - 'Check list for an effectively run sports club'
  • What are you looking for in a good coach and a good coaching session? 00:04:36
  • Multiple Choice Quiz 00:00:00
  • Using sport as a vehicle for character development 00:08:47
  • Using sport and working in partnership to equip children with skills for life
  • Assignment 3 - Which character skills do you see in your children?
  • Understanding potential, avoiding comparisons and the perils of specialisation 00:10:30
  • The Comparison Trap
  • Multi-Sport Participation at a young age has to be the golden ticket
  • Multiple Choice Quiz 00:00:00
  • Managing sideline support and being wary of parental peer pressure 00:10:50
  • Multiple Choice Quiz 00:00:00
  • Managing the car journey home 00:08:22
  • Video - The 'Ride Home' 00:01:30
  • Assignment 4 - Are your car journeys home after training and competitions a positive or negative experience?
  • Final Summary 00:01:30
  • Further Resources 00:02:35
  • Basic IT skills, pen and paper
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It can be something of a minefield when it comes to sports parenting and no one can ever get it right 100% of the time, no matter how much they try. There is no such thing as a 'perfect sporting parent' and I can certainly vouch for that.

Parents have the ultimate influence over their children and play a vital role in ensuring that their children's experience of sport is a positive one leading to a healthy and lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.

In creating this course, CEO of WWPIS Gordon MacLelland discusses the positives and challenges of sports parenting, gives you some helpful tips and strategies that you can use on a regular basis to ensure your role as a sporting parent is a successful and enjoyable one for both you and your children.

In 'Great Sports Parenting' we look at defining the importance of the parental role and what that means for us, why our children play and why they may quit, finding the right sport, coach and club, using the sports experience as a vehicle for character development, understanding potential, avoiding comparisons, the dangers of specialisation, helping avoid burnout, sideline support, parental peer pressure, asking great questions and managing the car journey to and from the sporting event.

In this course there is a variety of media and we hope that it provides a range of tasks and strategies that allow all who complete the course to have practical things that they can use immediately in their role as a sporting parent.

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