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.
- Finding the Right Rugby Club for your Child
- Parent Responsibilities – Age Grade Rugby
- Read our ‘Supporting Your Age-Grade Player’ document to see how you can support your child in their journey throughout Age-Grade rugby
- Top Tips for Talking to your Age Grade Player
- Read our ‘Positive Sideline Behaviour‘ document to ensure you are positively contributing to your child’s rugby experience
- Code of Conduct – Parents
- Check out the Changing the Game Project here
- Take a look at the Sport Ireland Code of Ethics training here https://www.sportireland.ie/ethics
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 reporting 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.