Being a sport parent is challenging. Most parents lack independent and meaningful knowledge about what is appropriate in the sporting environment. The current sports environment is typically over competitive, focuses too much on winning/losing, and is over focused on early maturation and early specialization. There is significant evidence that the current sporting environment promotes early dropout, high incidences of injury, maladaptive behaviors and loss of confidence and self-esteem for a high number of children. Parents often feel scared about their child being left behind and have no independent source of information & guidance.
Our mission at SPG is to be that independent resource for parents & athletes to ensure they receive the right information. We don’t pick the team; make the selection or the cuts. Our investment is the safety and wellbeing of your child, and enabling them to reach their potential; whether this is a recreational athlete or a future Olympian.
We offer a range of services and resources for parents in support of their children in sport.
SPG provides a wide variety of resources to guide parents in the youth sporting environment. This includes our free monthly newsletter KIdsinSport
We run a year round program of parent seminars to disseminate key information, dispel myths in youth sport, and to give a forum for parents to ask key questions regarding sports participation. Listed below are examples of parent seminars we run both locally and regionally. Seminars can also be tailored to meet groups’ specific needs; please contact us to discuss your needs.
How to be a ‘successful’ sports parent
Issues in Youth Sport
These unique seminars tacklethe key performance issues present in youth sport today and makes key recommendations.
Key issues include:
The CARE™ Environment
This seminar educates parents regarding SPG’s unique CARE environment.CARE enables coaches/volunteer parents to create a positive motivational climate, developing quality motivation and the adaptive behaviors necessary for success in both sport and life, and maximizing the sports experience of every young child. This is the future for youth sport.