Engaging Parents in Sport

Engaging Parents in Sport       
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia (formerly Australian Sports Commission) 
  evaluated by  Evaluation by:  Wayne Goldsmith, Managing Director, Moregold Performance Consulting (April 2016)
Reviewed by  Reviewed by network: Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN)
Last updated  Last updated: 7 March 2019
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The influence of parents or guardians in their children’s participation in sport and physical activity can be significant. ’Sporting Parents’ (i.e. those who support their child’s sport participation) can potentially offer encouragement and support (financial, practical and psychological) that helps to initiate and then sustain a child’s participation.

This portfolio of information discusses some of the issues surrounding parental involvement in sport. Some sporting organisations have developed resources to support and guide parents and help them make the most of their child's sporting experience.

Key Messages 


Parents can exert a significant influence on their child's participation in sport.


Parental interaction with other persons within a sporting environment can either help or hinder their child's development.

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