Keep­ing it pos­i­tive on side­lines

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Not only do the vol­un­teers feel the pres­sure, but so do the kids.­ has a great se­ries of videos about the rea­sons why they love to play sport (the ma­jor­ity said hav­ing fun and play­ing with their friends) and also what kids re­ally want to hear from their sup­port­ers on the side­line.

They also talked about how they feel about the things we shout out when we think we are be­ing ‘‘help­ful’’. It’s re­ally great to hear from the kids’ point of view.

It’s time to think about what mes­sage we are send­ing our chil­dren, make our chil­dren proud of us and help make their sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ence a pos­i­tive one by show­ing re­spect to all con­cerned.

A cou­ple of years back in con­junc­tion with Ro­tary, Sport Waikato pro­duced a sign for clubs which you may have seen around.

Please Re­mem­ber: These are kids, this is their game, coaches are vol­un­teers, ref­er­ees are hu­man, this is not the World Cup. En­joy the game. Lead by ex­am­ple.

This is still so very ap­pro­pri­ate and a great re­minder to us all to let kids be kids and let them have fun.

Sport Waikato has ac­cess to coach, man­ager and ad­min­is­tra­tor train­ings and work­shops at all lev­els.

We are just a phone call away and are here to help vol­un­teers gain the skills they need to do the job.


Spec­ta­tors keep­ing it cool on the side­lines while watch­ing United Mata­mata Sports A take on Hin­uera A at Bed­ford Park ear­lier this year.


Lou Beer, Sport Waikato’s co-or­di­na­tor for Mata­mata-Pi­ako.

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