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Will Smith, in his previous guise of the Fresh Prince and accompanied by DJ Jazzy Jeff, rapped about how parents just don’t understand. Whilst it was aimed at parents not understanding teenagers growing up, can this be applied to parents understanding sport? I would hope not. I have moved from coach to parent to sport parent with ease. My wife and I encourage our children to be active and take part in sport. However, I must admit to feeling a little lost as the coach in me wants to support this development but I’ve no background or knowledge of the sports they’re involved in. The coach educator in me keeps the coach in me in check – there is no sense in giving out wrong information. It leaves me feeling a little lost, especially not being able to watch the coaching sessions and being met with a primary school age performers answer when posed the question, “What did you do today?” – “Nothing” So here are some tips for parents, coaches and those of us who are both:
So I sit with the other parents and wait for our potential superstars to emerge from the gym - and made a mental note to thank my parents for doing the same for me.
I guess parents do understand and are often an undervalued resource in the development of our sporting stars of the future.
Jon Woodward, Coach Education Advisor
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