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Almost half of children have been put off taking part in sport by the behaviour of parents on the touchline, according to a new report.
45 percent of the 1,002 children surveyed, all aged eight to 16, said that the bad behaviour of parents had made them feel like they didn’t want to take part in sport.
Four in 10 children (41%) reported being criticised by their parents after a game, with 16% admitting that this happened frequently or all the time.
The survey carried out on behalf of Chance to Shine and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) found that children want their parents to watch them – two thirds (66%) are happy and half (51%) proud when they do – while 40% even claimed that parents watching them can improve their performance.
But many children reported negative experiences of parental involvement, with 41% witnessing parents abusing the coach or referee and 21% having seen parents abuse other children to benefit their own child.
Children also reported a range of personal criticism from parents, including being told that they are ‘too heavy’, ‘not good enough’, ‘worthless’ or that an error was a ‘pathetic mistake’.
Parents acknowledge that there is a problem. 84% of 1,002 parents surveyed agreed that negative parental behaviour is putting children off sport, while 58% believe that there has been an increase in parents shouting from the touchlines compared to their childhood.
Luke Swanson, Chief Executive of Chance to Shine said: “This research confirms the central role of parents in supporting their children to play and enjoy sport. At the same time it suggests that, all too often, we can curb their enthusiasm. This is a wake-up call to anyone who supports their children from the boundary, the touchline or the courtside.”
Play Offs 2014-2015 to be held at Woodhall Spa Sunday May 3rd
Under 11C Louth Old Boys v Wyberton Playing for League Winners ko time 10.45am
Under 12a Retford v East Coast Playing for Runners Up ko time 12.30
Under 14c Navenby v Saxilby Playing for League Winners ko time 10.45
Under 15c Swifts v HBW Playing for League Winners ko time 12.30
CUP FINALS Sunday May 10th Sleaford Town
U11s Birchwood Colts v Rustons 10am
U12s Retford Utd v Rustons 12.15
U13s Barrowby v Nettleham 1.45pm
U14s Sleaford v Birchwood 2.30pm
U15s Birchwood v Louth Old Boys 12.30
U16s Cleethorpes v Bottesford 3pm
U17s Nettleham v Sleaford Town 10am
The Mid Lincs County Youth League provides football in Lincolnshire and far beyond. We have over 348 Teams competing this season in 28 divisions.
Over 3500 Football games will take place including over 4500 children. We have Boys and Girls playing from Under 7 all the way up to under 17s. All cup Finals are played at the prestigious Sleaford Town Ground which hosts excellent facilities and this years Cup Finals will be on May 10th 2015 with Play offs held at Woodhall Spa on 3rd May 2015
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