Parents in Sport week is all about raising awareness of the importance of parents’ involvement in youth sport.
Whether you are a great sports parents, or a club or a coach, there are lots of ways you can support the campaign.
Take a look at the Child Protection in Sport Unit’s website where you will find a wealth of information and guidance.
To help spread the message in Guernsey we have been asking our staff about their experiences as parents in sport. Today we speak to PE and Sport Development Officer Ollie Dowding about the breadth of what is on offer here in Guernsey.
'Growing up in Guernsey I have been fortunate enough to be able to experience sport in the community from an early age and enjoy the incredible outdoor environment we have on our doorstep. Fast forward to 2020 and growing up in Guernsey now offers more sporting opportunities in the community and schools than any ever before. We are truly blessed!
‘I have always been a strong advocate of encouraging a multi sports approach and now I have two young children starting their sporting journey this is something I feel is important for them to experience. Trying different sports brings physical and social benefits but importantly I also hope it will enable them to find a love for physical activity and sport. We get out and try as much as we can - just this summer we have attended taster sessions in sailing, cricket, and hockey. They've loved them all. The volunteers, coaches and leaders were welcoming, encouraging, and had bags of enthusiasm.
‘To parents out there entering the world of sport from the side-lines my advice is: Take advantage of all that Guernsey has to offer, ensure you find out more about the club or association before taking part and remember it is about enjoyment. You'll be amazed what you try in just 24 square miles.'