Understanding and promoting parental involvement in sport

FREE workshop - Tuesday, December 12 from 7:00 - 9:00pm


Location: Foote Field Multi-Purpose Room, University of Alberta South Campus


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It is well known that parents are the key supporter and provider of children’s sporting experiences. However, supporting children’s sporting involvement is not always easy; parents can face a range of challenges that may impact on their involvement. For example, within the emotionally charged youth sport environment it can be hard to know exactly what to say or how best to provide comfort or support to a child. Further, the logistical and financial demands associated with you sport can be difficult to manage.


This interactive workshop will provide some insights into some of the challenges parents may face when supporting children in sport, along with some key strategies for coping with these demands. A number of activities will be presented to help parents, coaches, and clubs to optimize parental involvement within youth sport contexts and help children and parents have a successful and enjoyable sporting experience.


Workshop Leader: Dr Camilla Knight, Swansea University


Dr Camilla Knight is an Associate Professor in Sport Science at Swansea University, UK. She is also the lead of the Welsh Research Advisory and Evaluation group for the Child Protection in Sport Unit, a member of the Welsh Safeguarding in Sport Strategy group, and the Youth Sport lead for the Welsh Institute of Performance Science.


Camilla’s research interests are concerned with understanding and enhancing the psychosocial experiences of children in sport, with a particular focus upon the influence of parents. Camilla is co-author of “Parenting in youth sport: From Research to Practice” (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of “Sport Psychology for Young Athletes” (Routledge, 2017). Camilla has published widely on topics such as parents’ experiences in sport, parental involvement in sport, youth sport participation, and parent-coach relations. She has consulted with a number of national and international sports organisations regarding parental involvement in sport and works with a number of young athletes, parents, and coaches to help enhance their experiences and performance within youth sport.

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