Par­ent­ing in sport UK ini­tia­tive

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

RE­SEARCH by Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity into par­ent­ing in sport has re­sulted in the nationwide roll-out of a youth ten­nis par­ent ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ini­tia­tive.

Par­ent­ing a tal­ented young ten­nis player can be com­plex and chal­leng­ing, and the pres­sures faced by fam­i­lies can be dif­fi­cult to man­age.

To un­der­stand th­ese pres­sures Pro­fes­sor Chris Har­wood and Dr Sam Thrower from the Uni­ver­sity’s School of Sport, Ex­er­cise and Health Sciences con­ducted in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ex­pe­ri­ences and needs of ten­nis par­ents in Great Bri­tain.

Their pub­lished find­ings have led to the development of re­sources and work­shops that aim to help grass roots ten­nis par­ents and chil­dren gain a pos­i­tive and con­fi­dence build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport.

Work­ing with the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (LTA) and its com­pe­ti­tions depart­ment, the duo have helped to de­velop the LTA Par­ent Sup­port Pro­gramme. This in­cludes a three-hour par­ent work­shop on op­ti­mal com­pe­ti­tion par­ent­ing, a start com­pet­ing par­ents guide and a se­ries of short ed­u­ca­tional videos. The in­ter­ac­tive par­ent work­shop forms the cor­ner­stone of the pro­gramme and of­fers in­sights and ex­er­cises into the chal­lenges and ben­e­fits of ten­nis, as well how to help their chil­dren be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter matches.

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