Parents and spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they first and foremost love the game – it’s fun. It is important to remember that however good a child becomes at football within the club it is important to reinforce the message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:
- Children enjoying football.
- A sense of personal achievement.
- Improving the child’s skills and techniques.
A parent’s and spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:
- Other players
Ensure that parents and spectators within the club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own (please ensure you stand behind the respect barriers as this really does help).
Encourage parents and spectators to:
- Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.
- Avoid coaching the child during the game.
- Not to shout and scream.
- Respect the referee’s decision.
- Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.
- Give encouragement to everyone who participates in football.
- Ensure that parents/spectators within the club agree and adhere to the club’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.