School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


3 Oct 2018

Parents in Sport Week at Loughborough University

Loughborough University staff and students are supporting national Parents in Sport Week, which runs until October 7.

The aim of the week, an initiative established by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) in 2016, is to encourage sports organisations and clubs to recognise and promote the positive and important role parents play in helping children reach their full potential.

Organisations are invited to work with parents to reflect on the demands they’re encountering and identify strategies to manage these demands. In addition, sports are encouraged to show they value parental input and are grateful for what parents can do.

To support the week the University’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands (NCSEM East Midlands) has produced a series of videos featuring expert advice from Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) academics:

Professor Chris Harwood introduces Parents in Sport Week and discusses how parents can support the psychological development of their children.

  • Dr Karl Steptoe’s video discusses how parents can best support their children in the elite sport environment.
  • Dr Janine Coates discusses some of the barriers children with disabilities face to being active and what parents can do to help.
  • Drs Emma HaycraftNatalie Pearson and Lauren Sherar focus on the KidsFirst project, which aims to help children and their families to reduce their screen time. 
  • Natalie Matthewman explains the importance of physical activity for children under five and how parents can help their child be active
  • Doctoral Researcher, Rob Townsend looks at the important relationship between the athlete, coach and parent in disability sport coaching.

All the videos can be viewed at