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Being A Positive Parent/Carer

Parents and carers have a special role in creating a positive football experience for children. By setting a good example, parents/carers can teach character-building life lessons that help children be the best they can be. Below, we offer you some advice for being a positive parent/carer at matches:

*Support your child - Teach your child that hard work and honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will learn to be a winner no matter the result of the game!

*Always be positive - You are a role model to your child. Be a positive role model, applaud good play by your child's team as well as good play by the opposing team.

*Your child wants to have fun - Remember that your child is the one playing football, not you. Let the players express themselves without interference from the sidelines.

*Reinforce positive behaviour - Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. If your child makes a mistake, remember it's all part of learning, it must not be an opportunity to criticise. 

*Sideline coaching or refereeing - Match supervisor decisions are not always right but they must be respected. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines.

Let the coaches coach - Let the players play - Honour our game!