The Sporting Influencer

Within any given sport parent(s) have been highlighted as one of the major influences in a child’s level of enjoyment and participation. Having coaches youth and men’s soccer for a number of years, I’ve encountered and observed a mixture of positive e.g. Positive – encouragement, positive reinforcement, no pressure placed upon winning and Negative – aggressive sideline behavior, dictating players decision making. The effects of each approach have been discussed in the Helpful and Harmful Free E-Book.

With elite soccer players evolving into multi-millionaires and living luxury lifestyles, minority of parents expect their child to reach those levels from an early age. This creates unnecessary pressure and unrealistic expectations on those young players participating. On the contrast, some parents do recongise and more importantly understand the long term player development model (LTPD) and the importance of participation and enjoyment within sport. Those positive parents are engaged, willing and open to understand how to become a positive sporting influencer, thus increasing a child’s enjoyment in the game.

These blogs will highlight, educate and share contributions that potentially aid coaches, organizations and parents about how to deal with an array of matters and/or concerns within the youth sports environment . I wish to clarify that any suggestions that are made, must be carefully considered and adapted to one’s environment and individual and/or team. I must reiterate “one size fits all” doesn’t apply in this context

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Interview Part 1 : Bill Courtney


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*Football Coach at Manassas High School, a story that inspired a Hollywood film— Undefeated —which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.*

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2018 – April

2018 – April

Most Viewed Post in April, 2018

Johan Cruyff


2nd Most Viewed Post

Ruud Gullit



3rd Most Viewed Post

Glenn Hoddle


4th Most Viewed Post

Rene Meulensteen


5th Most Viewed Post

Vinnie Jones

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Missed selection – How do you pick up the pieces as a sporting parent?

🆕NEW Guest Blog 🆕
🖥 Written by Working with Parents in Sport
💭Topic: Missed selection – How do you pick up the pieces as a sporting parent?

📝“One of the hardest things to see as a sporting parent is when our children are struggling or they do not achieve what they aspire to….”


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Most viewed blogs in March:

📈Most viewed blogs in March:

1) 📚Interview Series: Alife Tate

2) 💻Blog: Give me an example of an environment/job where this is accepted?

3) 🎥Video: “Fear of Failure” – Coach Frost



4) 💻Guest Blog: Comparison Trap by Working with Parents in Sport


5) 🎥Video: “Reality of Youth Sports”-Frank Martin



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