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‘Gordon came to deliver at the Northern Ireland Club & Workforce Development Network for us recently.  Parental engagement is a topic of interest for many, and Gordon did a great job of highlighting some key concepts involved in creating positive and constructive relationships between clubs, coaches, parents and young participants.  Not only was there some really useful concepts to think about, but most importantly Gordon helped the group to identify practical ideas that could be used to help the clubs and coaches that they work.’


Simon Toole, Coaching Consultant, Sport Northern Ireland July 27, 2018

‘I found WWPIS very interesting and think it would be a superb programme to roll out to our parents.  Having spoken about it as a staff team we are keen to pursue this work further in the future’.

Ruth McQuillan, Club & Workforce Development Officer, Swim Ulster July 27, 2018

I was delighted to hear from Gordon recently on his work on “Working With Parents in Sport” WWPIS

Parents are such a big part of our game and are becoming more important so it was great to hear from someone who has experience from both “sides of the fence” as a coach and parent himself.

Gordon demonstrated how sporting clubs and governing bodies should embrace parent involvement and concepts on how to connect the clubs, coaches and players with their parents successfully.

I am keen to hear from or work with WWPIS in the near future.

Ian Hughes, Ulster Hockey July 27, 2018

“Engagement with Parents is a key area for us at England Rugby. As part of our parental engagement we are working together with Working with Parents in Sports to promote a rugby specific version of the Great Sports Parenting pocketbook. This pocketbook is a great resource for parents and is in line with our philosophy of being player centred and is one we are happy to support. We look forward to our on-going work with WWPIS to help support parents in making rugby union an enjoyable and inclusive sport”

Chris Sigsworth, Schools Operation Manager, England Rugby July 31, 2018

Gordon delivered such an insightful workshop. This kind of information is essential for supporting coaches and parents. By adding it to our coaching degree programme I think it shows the importance of engaging in a broader view of this discipline. I highly recommend this to other HE Institutions working with and developing young coaches.

Richard Cheetham MBE Senior Fellow Sports Coaching, University of Winchester October 27, 2018

Gordon delivered a fantastic workshop to support the IFA in developing working relationships with both parents and coaches.  Highly recommend and look forward to our partnership developing.

Michael Carvill, Volunteer Development & Policy Officer at Irish Football Association February 5, 2019

Gordon provided us with an enjoyable and informative night presenting to parents of players on our performance pathway. Great content with some fun games mixed in. We are delighted to be working with such a forward thinking organisation and look forward to our future work together.

Ryan Prentice Club and coach development officer, Ulster Badminton February 21, 2019

"Sport Northern Ireland have worked in partnership with Working with Parents in Sport to build capacity within a number of our national governing bodies in relation to supporting sporting parents and coaches. Gordon facilitated two excellent mentor training sessions with thirty mentors across five sports. Feedback from the tutors has been very positive and Gordon is continuing working with the governing bodies to develop a more strategic approach to how each sport engages in the sporting parent arena.”

Michael Cooke Club and coach development officer, Sport Northern Ireland March 5, 2019

Gordon delivered workshops to both coaches and parents at QPR in the Community Trust and they were both engaging and informative. The level of interaction was excellent, I thoroughly recommend working with Gordon and look forward to doing more together in the future. Absolute rockstar!

Paul Mitchell Education Manager, QPR in the Community Trust April 8, 2019

Having met Gordon last year I felt it was important to ask Gordon over to Leinster Rugby to share his message. Gordon is very engaging and has lots of tools and ideas for involving and informing parents along their Childs Sporting journey. His talk was really enjoyable and gave lots of ideas for us development staff to take home and use in clubs and schools across the province.
We all know the importance of parents in children sport and Gordon gives us the tools in how to involve them. I would highly recommend Gordon for any sports clubs/ organisations/ governing bodies.

John Bagnall Coach Development Officer, Leinster Rugby September 23, 2019

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