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About Sport Parent EU

Launched in 2017, Sport Parent EU is an international project that aims to improve the support that is provided to, and available for, the parents, carers, and guardians of children and young people involved in sport. With such support, it is hoped that children and parents can have a more enjoyable and safer experience in sport. Led by Camilla Knight from Swansea Univeristy, this collaborative project, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, is drawing on the expertise of academics and practitioners working across Europe in the field of youth sport.

Why do we need this project?

The opportunity for children and young people to take part in sport, and subsequently gain the range of physical, psychological, and social benefits associated with participating, is largely dependent upon the support they receive from their parents. Unfortunately, although the important roles of parents in sport are well known, research based support and information written specifically for parents, covering a range of important topics, is still limited. If parents are provided with incorrect guidance or support it can impact on children, and parents, enjoyment, safety, and development. As such, ensuring that parents have access to the latest information regarding how to support and guide their children in sport is critical.

Who is involved?

This project is drawing on the research and practical experience of partners from 10 organisations in Europe namely, Swansea University, the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, the International Centre for Ethics in Sport, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland, UK Coaching, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Loughborough University, Windesheim University, Norwegian School of Sport Science, and University of Southern Denmark. In addition, we are drawing on the expertise of academics and practitioners working around the world to provide us with the very latest research findings and practical advice.

Throughout the website you will find a range of resources, from short videos, to questions and answers, longer fact sheets, infographics, and links to research. All these resources are based on scientific evidence and research, tailored to parents. You will also find a link to a number of websites that host research/evidence-based information that we think you may also find useful. If you have suggestions for other content to add please do use the contact us page to get in touch.

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