It’s fantastic to announce that the website has now merged all of the resources from the Sporting Influencer and Sporting Resource into one location for you to access.

The Sporting Influencer

Within any given sport, parents have been highlighted as one of the major influences on 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 2.0 Becoming a Sporting Influencer 2.0

With elite football players evolving into multi-millionaires and living luxury lifestyles, a percentage of parents have unrealistic expectations for their children 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. In 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 of 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 that “one size fits all” doesn’t apply in this context.

The Sporting Resource

The Sporting Resource is a FREE platform that allows the coaching community to discover and freely share resources from all over the world.

We hope to share as many materials as possible with you; any resources created by others will be credited where possible.