Introduction: 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.
Numerous studies report that children who perceive parental interactions which are positive, supportive and encouraging, will experience more enjoyment in their sporting participation. These key studies (and many others) reflect the overall importance of parents in shaping the attitudes and experiences of their children or setting an example.