When it comes to sport parents can either be your biggest ally or greatest obstacle, often with no middle ground. They can either spark or spoil the development process, depending on how we as coaches educate them, engage them and collaborate with them.
Parents have the ultimate influence over their children and it is up to us to find ways as coaches to channel this in the most positive way for the child playing sport.
This pocketbook guide discusses the issues, and gives you some helpful tips and strategies that you can use on a regular basis to ensure your relationship with parents is a winning one.
You will also gain access to our ‘Members Area.’
Of specific interest to you as coaches will be ‘Coaches Corner’ where we have provided even more resources to supplement the book. This section will be updated regularly ensuring that as coaches you are up to date with all the advances in parental engagement and are equipped to deal with anything this area may throw at you.
In the ‘Members Area’ you will find also find a high performance area and parent zone, featuring exclusive content.
The parent zone includes regular guest blogs from leading practitioners around the world, some exclusive articles including self evaluations and a section called ‘Dad – it doesn’t help!’, specifically written for us by author Mark Macguire.
The high performance area is one of the biggest of its kind globally, written by former GB No 1 and Olympic tennis coach Nino Severino. It provides parents with information, support and knowledge that will help in providing an amazing environment for your young athletes.
Components include: Parent Support, Strength and Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Performance Testing, Mindset, Nutrition, Lifestyle, Recovery,Planning and Screening.
The resource goes on to demonstrate how you can effectively develop the mind-set of a young athlete, ensuring they are ready for all the challenges that the sporting world will throw at them. It also lets you in on some of the secrets that professional sports people and their teams use on a daily basis.
A lot of this material has never been made available to parents and coaches before unless they are playing at elite level or playing professionally in the world of sport.