Talking about Parents in Sport Week
When is it? 1-7 October 2018
What is it? A national awareness-raising campaign, Parents in Sport Week is a chance to showcase your organisation or club’s creativity and build positive relationships with parents and carers.
“Parents, through their support, encouragement and understanding, play a pivotal role in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun when playing sport. It’s essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals.”
- Paul Stephenson, NSPCC CPSU
We want more parents to be a part of their child’s sporting life but we need your help to reach them. You can do this by working with and supporting parents through your club or organisation, letting them know how valuable their contribution to youth sport is and encouraging them to get involved.
Kick off the week with an event for parents or a fun competition for all the family. Take advantage of the CPSU’s extensive advice and resources to build closer relationships with parents and carers at your club or organisation, and use the hashtags #ParentsInSportWeek2018 and #InvolvingParents to show your support and spread the word online.
This weekend the world’s MTB Orienteers are heading to Portugal for the World Cup Final. The program is Middle Distance, Long Distance and the final Sprint on Sunday.
Clare Dallimore of GB has had an excellent season so far and goes into the last World Cup round in Odemira in Portugal in an excellent 3rd place in the World Cup rankings.
35-degree heats are forecast this weekend with hot competition in the three final races Middle on Friday, a tough long on Saturday and culminating with a final urban Sprint on Sunday.
Dallimore has proven this season she is a force to be reckoned with and is currently just ahead of multiple World Champion Olga ShipolovaGradinova and behind the two strong Czech Women Veronica Kubinova and Martina Tichovska.
Good luck Clare!
Volunteers in clubs and at events are the heartbeat of the sport. Without them, the sport would not be able to function and provide so much enjoyment to thousands of people of all ages throughout the year across the country. Orienteering is in a unique position as one of few sports with such a diverse age range of people involved at events as participants and volunteers.
Our challenge is to ensure that more people of all ages become club volunteers, by raising awareness and challenging perceptions of what’s involved and supporting easier routes into becoming more involved in the clubs.
Within clubs, data shows that on average every volunteer committee member takes on the duties of two positions, whilst the average age of a committee member is over 58. Essentially this demonstrates a shortage of people involved as committee members. The challenge is to utilise these dedicated and experienced volunteers to train and encourage more people to be involved, relieving some pressures within clubs.
Building on the 2014 volunteer report, British Orienteering wishes to evolve a strategy ensuring the previous report remains relevant and appropriate to today’s volunteers. With the aim to increase the numbers volunteering in clubs whilst improving the perception and understanding of just what’s involved. What would make volunteering more appealing and enjoyable? What challenges have volunteers faced? How were they overcome? How can we work together to highlight and share best practice?
The new strategy is intended to deliver a more balanced and integrated volunteer approach, with clear networks and above all, oversee an increase in those involved. No doubt across the country there is so much great work and ideas going on, that we want to discover, recognise and above all share in order to deliver a consistently excellent experience in the sport.
Send your input (in any format) by e-mail by 31 January 2018 to the British Orienteering development lead for volunteering: Peter Brooke email@example.com
Photo Credit: Linda Cairns