‘It’s our game, not yours’ – Promoting Positive Parental Behaviour in Sport
Is a new toolkit designed by the Child Protection in Sports Unit (CPSU) to prevent, reduce or manage the problem of poor parental/spectator behaviour in junior sport.
As The CPSU website states:
“Parents often play a vital part in supporting their children to take part in sport. They play many positive roles and are often the backbone of sports activities at a local level.
However many sports organisations and clubs have struggled to address the problem of poor parental/spectator behaviour in junior sport. There are a range of ways behaviour can impact on young participants – from sideline threats and fights, to parents who expect too much and push their children too hard. “
Recognising when a Parent’s, or even a sport coach’s, actions provide healthy encouragement and when they provide unhealthy pressure can be tricky. The Introduction to Child Protection for Sports course and the Child Protection training for Equestrian Volunteers both cover this issue to help sports personnel recognise and prevent child abuse.