As part of ‘Parents in Sport’ week the British Wrestling Association would like to celebrate with you the positive parenting of your sons/daughters that have enabled them to be part of wrestling.
The BWA is holding a short workshop on Thursday 6th October 2016 at the Wrestling Academy, 41-43 Great Clowes St, Salford M7 1RQ. The workshop will run from 1800 to 1930hrs and will cover the effects of positive parenting on wrestlers.
The workshop is open to all parents/carers/guardians/coaches indeed anyone who has given support to a wrestler. The BWA would like you to share the positives of being a parent in wrestling and also help to share and solve the angst of when things did not quite work out.
The BWA wants to help parents understand how their child can continue to grow within our sport showing clearly the athlete Talent Pathway is open to all. Conversely, the workshop is to help the BWA understand more about the support that parents need and to build relationships which will help your son/daughter in their wrestling.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available during the workshop.
If you are interested in learning more about the initiative then please attend, but first, please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 3rd October 2016.
We much look forward to seeing you on Thursday 6th October.
The British Wrestling Association is joining the NSPCC to promote parents’ role in Wrestling. Parents and carers are key to a child’s lifelong involvement in Wrestling.
More than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Northern Ireland, with the NSPCC, are this week promoting Parents in Sport Week. From 3 to 9 October, clubs and members should rally behind our efforts to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play.
The NSPCC and the BWA want to raise awareness among coaches and officials of the crucial role parents have in helping children enjoy sport.
Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University, who studies parental involvement in sport, said: “Without the support of their parents and carers, the opportunities for children to engage in sport and reach their full potential will be limited.”
However many sport know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents. “Unfortunately, this is leading to some coaches and organisations limiting their involvement with and support of parents,” Dr Knight adds, “which subsequently affects children’s experiences.”
Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and the BWA are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to youth sport.
The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available at thecpsu.org.uk/parents.
“From Olympic athletes to grassroots players there is consistent agreement that parents are most important in initiating involvement in sport and supporting long-term positive engagement,” said Anne Tiivas, Director of the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
However, certain types of involvement and behaviours from parents and carers can be challenging, and take away from a child’s experience and enjoyment.
As parents commit a lot of time, money and emotional support to their children’s participation in sport, sometimes in an emotionally charged environment they may get carried away, for example on the mat side during a match. Negative parental behaviour such as arguing with officials and referees or putting too much pressure on the child takes away from their experience of sport. This can also stunt a child’s desire to continue in sport and damage their perception of sport as fun.
The BWA are fully behind the Positive Parenting initiative to raise awareness of the positive role a parent has in helping a child reach their full potential.
Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC, the BWA and other sports organisations hope to highlight the essential role parents have in encouraging a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.
Parents in Sport Week aims to: