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Supporting Parents in Sport Week 2017

Parents have a huge part to play in sport - that’s why we are supporting Parents in Sport Week 2017.


Running from 2nd – 8th October, the week highlights the positive influence parents have in ensuring young people develop to their best potential and enjoy their sport to the full.


We saw this at play first hand recently at NISA’s inaugural beginner to level 3 event, Young Stars, which was designed to give young skaters a fun and encouraging first experience in competition with the NGB. Parents flocked from far and wide to support their children, and other skaters too, and share the experience with them.


This is why we’re seizing the opportunity to join forces with the NSPCC and recognise every single one of the parents and guardians who regularly turn out to encourage their children, and others, wholeheartedly from the side-lines of ice rinks across the country. 


Sports clubs and organisations across the nation will be also showing their support for the parents and guardians who make their children’s sport special, by running events and celebrating achievements.


You can help us celebrate ice parents and guardians, and the important role they play in ice skating and sport as a whole, in a number of easy ways:

  • Share with us – Many parents volunteer and support their children’s clubs in different ways. Do you know an amazing parent that goes the extra mile in the sport? Nominate them to feature on our channels as a shining example of all the good ice skating parents do!
  • Send a message – Are you a skater who wants to thank a parent or guardian? Let us know, and we’ll tweet, post and include all messages in our October newsletter.
  • Proud parents - We love nothing more than hearing from proud parents. If you’re a proud parent and want to let us know about your child’s achievements or development in the sport, get in touch.
  • Run an event – organise a club event as part of Parents in Sport Week. This can be anything from a seminar from the club’s safeguarding offer or a ‘try it’ session where parents can join their children on the ice.


If you do plan on running an event, let us know. We’ll share it on our social channels, send you a certificate and signpost CSPU resources to help you promote it. We’ll also write up the event afterwards to feature on our news.


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


You can register events and send us positive messages, news and nominations by contacting Beth Bishop, NISA PR Officer. 



Aims of Parents in Sport Week

The NSPCC encourages sports organisations and clubs to recognise and promote the positive and important role parents play in helping children reach their full potential. To do this, they can:

  • work with parents to reflect on the demands they’re encountering and then identify strategies to manage those demands
  • encourage sports clubs and coaches to take time to show they value parents, want parental input and are grateful for what parents can do

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