Keeping it positive on sidelines
Not only do the volunteers feel the pressure, but so do the kids. www.playbytherules.net.au 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.