Parents are hugely influential when it comes to young people's participation in sport. In most cases they are the reason their child starts playing and young people often state how their parents watching them play is a source of enjoyment to them.
The positive encouragement and support of your child can't be over emphasised. How you behave and what you say will have huge impact on how your child experiences the game. Even the All-Blacks say so!
• Read our FAQs to know what to look for in a child-centred club
• Read our 'Supporting Your Age-Grade Player' document to see how you can support your child in their journey throughout Age-Grade rugby
• Read our'Positive Sideline Behaviour' document to ensure you are positively contributing to your child's rugby experience
Sometimes parents become over involved in their child's rugby, it is important to remember that it is their game, not yours. Watch the clip to see young people describe how poor adult behaviour negatively impacts on their participation.
Even when you are vigilant and the club operates to a high standard situations can arise that cause concern. Should this be the case, follow the safeguarding policy to ensure issues are dealt with appropriately.
If Age-Grade Players have your support they are likely to be self-confident enough to raise any issues that they have with you or the club. If you play your part in overseeing your child's rugby journey it is likely that they will remain involved in the game for many years.