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Claires Court BC Parents' Workshop
RowingChat with RowPerfect
On Sunday night I had the great honour and pleasure of being a guest on the RowPerfect RowingChat series. It was lovely to spend an hour chatting all things rowing and parenting with RowPerfect's Rebecca. If you missed the live show, you can catch up on YouTube and hear lots of advice on the highs and lows of parenting a young rower. And there is a prize draw to boot! Use the button below for the chance to win a free one to one session with High Performance Parenting.
GBA Winter Games
I've just returned from the Get Berkshire Active Winter Games at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. Was it the sunny, spring weather? Was it the amazing confidence and enthusiasm of the young sports leaders? Was it the noise, excitement and energy coming from pitches, fields and sports halls full of children engaging with sport and activity? Probably a combination of all three, but whatever it was, I have come away on a complete high, filled with confidence and enthusiasm. What a wonderful event!
We all know that sport is good for us and our children, but sometimes fitting it into a busy schedule, or finding something that your child really enjoys can be hard. At the Winter Games, as well as competitive events, there were also events and activities that were about inclusion, or just having a bit of fun whilst being active and sociable. It was a wonderful sight to see 1500 children having fun in the sun, playing football, juggling, skipping, running and many other things.
In our world today, inactivity is the 4th biggest killer. Inactivity is responsible for 1 million deaths a year in Europe, and our already fragile NHS will break under the future pressure that inactive children will present. It's time to MOVE!
So if you are struggling with how to make this happen, use the County Sports Partnerships like Get Berkshire Active, and see if your child could be involved in an event like the Winter Games. It was truly brilliant.
Avoiding Injury - how can parents help?
More than just an athlete....
Check out this month's blog HERE
Teens in Sport with Deanne Barrett
I loved recording this interview with parent coach, Deanne Barrett from Gratitudeworks. Deanne works with parents to empower them to raise confident resilient teenagers. We talked all things sport and how parents can help to support a young ambitious athlete.
Encouraging your Child to be More Active
Most of the parents we work with already have an active, sporty child. But what if you wish your child was more active and was more involved in sport? Have a read of this month's BLOG for some good ideas and news of a great event that we are getting involved in, The Great British Sports Show.
No Hunger in Paradise - Michael Calvin
Last night's insightful and detailed BT Sport documentary on football's academy system was a real eye opener. For ambitious young footballers and their parents, the lure of the fame and fortune that football seems to offer is so great that they are prepared to do anything to get it. But the cold hard facts are that less than 0.5% of academy players 'make it', which means young, vulnerable children set their sites on the dream and totally devote their lives to something, which for most, is unattainable.
Parents are only human, if your child is passionate about football and you are being promised the big bucks, why wouldn't you go for it? Here are some pointer to keep your feet on the ground and ensure that whatever the outcome, everyone has enjoyed the journey and learned enough along the way to make it a positive life experience.
1. Forget the money - no I mean it, forget the money. No truly successful and happy sportsperson does it for the money, they do it for the love of it.
2. Don't let your child specialise too early - research tells us that physically and mentally doing a range of sports and activities is much better for young people's well being and produces sportspeople who stay the course and are well rounded athletes and people. Early specialisation = early burnout.
3. Keep yours and your child's feet on the ground - whatever they are being promised the statistics tell the truth. Turn up for training because it's fun, motivating and they are learning. If they move up a level, celebrate, but make the enjoyment and learning the focus.
4. Remember your child is an individual - don't try and keep up with the Joneses. Just because somebody else's son or daughter is capable of something, it doesn't mean your child is ready yet. Children learn and develop at their own pace and that is just how it should be. Sport by its very nature, is about comparisons between peers and that is pressure enough.
5. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the club, the coach and their processes - it's a great example to set your child, the best sportspeople are always asking who, what, why and when. And if the coaching environment encourages everyone to conform without questioning anything, call them out on it, you are entitled to ask for feedback. Questioning leads to reflection and that's healthy for everyone.
6. Let your child be a child - they should be 'playing' at football (or any sport) not starting their career. They should be unafraid to make mistakes and learn from them, and they should be having fun and making friends. If you encourage your child to try to be the one working the hardest but always having the most fun, that's enough.
Working with EY's Parents' Network
Our lunchtime seminar for EY's Parents' Network has gone really well. We worked with a big group of EY parents to explore the challenges involved in parenting a child involved in sport and balancing that with every other aspect of their lives.
We are also holding a series of 121 clinics where parents can explore in detail a specific problem or worry.
Do you have a parents' network at your company? Would you like HPP to come and run some seminars or 121 clinics? Please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.