A review of the ‘Changing the Game. Parenting through Sport’ event hosted by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, by Professor Dawn Penny.
On 21st February I attended the ‘Changing the Game. Parenting through Sport’ free event at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, hosted by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. With guest speakers John O’Sullivan (Changing the Game Project), local parenting commentator Clark Wright, and Sydney Olympic Gold Medallist Simone Fountain OAM, this event was directed towards sport being a part of ‘healthier, happier communities’ and helping parents to keep the focus on fun and positively support participation.
Some simple but significant messages were:
- the need for parents to accept and promote that ‘making mistakes is part of learning and therefore, OK !’
- the ‘the ride home is critical’ – critical in reassuring children that as a parent, you just love watching them play, that you are not judging them on the basis of the outcome of a match, that you are there to support them whatever; and critical for children themselves to hear all of that!
Much of what was said would by no means be new to educators, but is so important to keep promoting to parents and amongst junior sport coaches and clubs. Values were at the heart of the messages and issues being discussed and the event doubled as a launch for TrueSport – DLGSC’s new initiative aiming to provide clubs and associations with support to advocate for, and share, the values of good sport.
What are those values?
- Bring your Best – Bring your best to every fame and enjoy the challenge, win, lose or draw.
- Play Fair – Play by the rules and uphold the spirit of the game – both on and off the field.
- Show Respect -Treat others how you want to be treated. Respect everyone’s contribution to the game.
- Have Fun – It’s a game, enjoy it! Celebrate a game well played, not just the final score.
- Be Healthy – Look after yourself and lead by example. Respect your mental and physical health by making good choices.
- Include All -Invite everyone to play your sport. Being an inclusive community is the Australian way.
- Give Back – Lend a helping hand. No matter how big or small, the sporting community can’t survive without you. Thank those involved in bringing you the game.
- Be Safe -We’ve got your back. Ensure your team mates are safe both on and off the field.
If you agree that these send some good messages, check out the resources that you can use and share with your parents and clubs. http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/truesport/resources
Professor Dawn Penney
School of Education, Edith Cowan University