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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

We had workshops for both coaches and parents from Gordon and both were received enthusiastically, the perfect balance of fun games and discussions.  We learnt a lot and have already put some knowledge into practice.  Working with Gordon is something we will continue as a club to do, understanding that this is an area that encourages and supports both coaches and parents.

Jo Rees Vice Chair, Marlow Hockey Club October 22, 2019

Gordon delivered an insightful workshop to parents involved in the first tier of our Talent Pathway, as part of our pilot project of Parental Engagement. Gordon tailored the content of the workshop to allow the parents to both relate and engage with the session, with a great balance of interaction through fun games and discussions. Gordon has lots of tools and ideas from his experiences as a coach and parent himself. Feedback from the parents has been very positive and we look forward to welcoming Gordon to our Aspire National Conference in February to deliver a workshop for coaches and furthermore, developing a future partnership with WWPIS.

Charlie Ford Basketball England Talent Pathway Manager October 31, 2019

Gordon delivered an extremely engaging and relevant workshop which provided excellent guidance to parents on how to best manage the challenges faced as a 'sports parent'.  I would recommend Gordon and Working With Parents in Sport to other organisations looking to develop a process of parental engagement.

Marc Scott Executive Manager, Ulster Hockey January 20, 2020

The ‘Great Sports Parenting’ workshop that Gordon delivered was very well received by our Academy parents. It was clear to see that they were engaged in the session and found the content both relevant and informative whilst also valuing the relaxed, interactive format of the session. The workshop provided parents with very relatable examples of the challenges they encounter, allowing them to reflect on their current practice and take away some helpful strategies to implement. We look forward to expanding on the work we do with our parents and recognise the value that this content has within our programme.

Thanks again for the workshop Gordon, we hope to do something similar in the future.

Kara Gonzalez Bath Rugby Academy Operations Manager March 3, 2020

It was a pleasure to engage Gordon via WWPIS to provide structure and innovative resources to assist Triathlon NSW in engaging with parents and coaches in a common and vital component of our pathway. Our shared philosophy and Gordon's resources have helped to evolve our programs with complete transparency and engagement at all levels seamlessly.  

Mick Delamotte Coach and Pathway Manager, Triathlon New South Wales June 16, 2020

I have had the opportunity to get to know Gordon the last few years and am honoured to have become their Canadian partner to deliver the messaging and resources of Working in Parents in Sport (WWPIS).  The various resources of WWPIS have been a great complement to our own work to provide adult youth sports stakeholders the insight to shift their mindset from "us vs. them" to engaging & working in collaboration, focusing on what matters the most, the kid's best interests.

Glen Mulcahy Founder Paradigm Sports, Canada June 16, 2020

Gordon's personality and subject knowledge is a real standout. His energy and passion to make a difference in the world of parenting in sport is inspirational and I am delighted that my private football academy R.B.Coaching Ltd has the honour to provide its members with WWPIS content on a regular basis through our sporting partnership.

Ryan Byrne Founder and Manager of RB Football Academy June 19, 2020

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