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Tweet Wednesday 4th October 2017

British Orienteering is pleased to join the NSPCC to promote Parents in Sport Week 2017

Parents are key to a child’s life-long involvement in sport

The NSPCC and British Orienteering have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week.

We would like to encourage orienteering clubs to rally behind and support the efforts of this campaign taking place this week October 2 – 8 to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play. Coaches and officials can also examine their communication with parents to benefit children’s involvement in sport.

Aims of Parents in Sport Week

The NSPCC is encouraging sports organisations and clubs to recognise and promote the positive and important role parents play in helping children reach their full potential.

Parents play a pivotal role in sport and young people depend on their support and encouragement.

Feedback from current sports stars and research with young people shows how important parents are as role models.

Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University who studies parental involvement in sport, says: “Parents play a critical role within youth sport. Without their support and involvement youth sport could not exist in the way it does today”.

However we all know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents which subsequently can affect a children’s experience. Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and British Orienteering are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to our sport but only if they are engaged appropriately.

The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and British Orienteering hope to highlight the essential role parents have to a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.