All of us within sport know that a parent/carer is essential to a child’s life-long involvement and enjoyment in sport. Parents in Sport Week is an initiative running from the 2nd to the 8th October 2017 and will dovetail into already existing work staff/volunteers are engaged with. It’s an initiative to support your current safeguarding programme. Sport Northern Ireland hope to use this week to highlight the valuable role parents fulfil, and the positive influence they have in supporting their child’s participation in sport.

Sport Northern Ireland want to ensure all sports highlight the importance of a parent’s role and we would encourage all sports organisations and clubs to get involved and support the initiative. The range of resources available at will help reinforce the positive aspects of a parent’s role.

Aims of Parents in Sport Week:

Sport Northern Ireland 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 and identify strategies to manage the demands on parents; and
• 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.

Further information contact; Paul Donnellypauldonnelly@sportni.netTel: (028) 90381222 or Paul Stephenson at (028) 90 351135