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Within any given sports, parents have been highlighted as one of the major influences in a child’s level of enjoyment and participation. Having coached youth right through into senior football for a number of years, I’ve been fortunate to encounter and observed the great, positive, non-interested, negative, uneducated also unsupported parents e.g. Positive – encouragement, positive reinforcement, no pressure placed upon winning and Negative – aggressive sideline behaviour, dictating players decision making. The effects of each approach have been discussed in the Helpful and Harmful Free E-Book.

With elite football players evolving into multi-millionaires and living luxury lifestyles, a percentage of parents have unrealistic expectations for their child to reach those levels from an early age. This creates unnecessary pressure by placing avoidable emotional also a psychological strain on those young players participating. On the contrast, some parents do recognise and more importantly understand the long term player development model and the importance of participation and enjoyment within the sport. Those positive parents are engaged, willing and open to understanding 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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Kurtis Wright-Pottinger

🆕First Interview of 2020

📱Meet: Kurtis Wright-Pottinger

📈Founder: Let’s Play The Game
⚽️ Experiences: Coaching local teams and in schools for almost 16 years now

🗣“Every child has their own development pathway, some want to just make friends and have fun others want to really hone their skills and take it as far as they possibly can.

Whatever their journey, a parent should be flexible with their expectations and have lots of PATIENCE!”

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The Vicious Circle

🆕 Content: The Vicious Circle

💭”As coaches and parents, you should understand what motivates children to play football. These motivations are usually quite different from those of adults. If a coach takes the time to explain to parents and players what kind of comments are appropriate and why then young players have a better chance of flourishing.

Sometimes a vicious circle can form when a parent exhibits negative influencers.

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📍*Information/graphic originally retrieved from ©️ FA England: E:Learning: The Psychology Award Level 1.

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Ross Struel – Clarke


🆕: Interview Series
Meet: Ross Struel – Clarke
Coached in: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇨🇳 🇺🇸

🗣“Players need to make their own mistakes and then they will learn from them in the future and it is important parents and coaches identify this and create an environment where players can make mistakes. In this incident I did speak to the parent individually and he stopped standing behind the goal. I explained the reasons behind it and to be fair he understood. That’s why it is important to have an open and honest dialogue with parents as a coach.”

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The key to communicating effectively with your child’s coach

NEW Guest Blog by Working with Parents in Sport

“Many parents can find this incredibly tough and finding the right balance is not always easy. Some parents are afraid to communicate anything with their child’s coach as they may be perceived to be pushy, unhinged or interfering….”

“Other parents can be overly involved and vocal both in their support and in their conversations with the coach, often overstepping the mark in what should be a healthy two way relationship…..”


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Most viewed contents in 2018

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Gérard Jones, MSc, PGCE

🆕Interview Series: Gérard Jones, MSc, PGCE


⚽️Current Roles: Director of Coaching & Player Development at John Jay FC in Katonah-Lewisboro, New York. Responsible for Staff Development in Connecticut and New York for UK Elite Soccer. Men’s Head Coach at John Jay High School (U19s). USSF Coach Educator.


💻 Other: Business Owner, Author, Public Speaker, Coach Educator, Teacher

🗣“Parents have a significant role to play where they have to offer unconditional support and ‘attention’ to their children and others which means, praise and encourage effort not the ability or performance outcome primarily.”

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Massive thank you to Gérard for completing the interview and huge congratulations from us for becoming a father! 🎉

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Identifying different characteristics of youth sport parents​

🔘The Sideline: Identifying different characteristics of youth sport parents​🔘

➡️ Disinterested
➡️ Over-Critical
➡️ Sideline Coaching
➡️ The Supportive


Parent’s behaviors can be a source of either support or stress to young athletes. Which one are you


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