Helping parents

There are actually a lot of parents who stay on in a sport whilst their children have dropped out of it.

Many sports clubs rely entirely on their volunteers to function and those dreaded but necessary officials often take years to acquire the necessary knowledge to do the job well.

No competition can take place without officials and it is done by volunteers, especially in swimming who do not get paid for doing that job.

We recently had several swimming competitions cancelled for lack of officials and who suffers from that, it is the young swimmers who cannot compete.

But that is due to the fact that not enough parents are helping and not enough parents are becoming officials.,

Well it does take years to do the job well and many kids only stay in the sport for a few years before they drop out and do something else. And if parents only help where their own children participate that then creates a skills gap in those officials that actually can do the job.

Helping youngsters do sports does a huge amount of good to our society as if we create the opportunity for kids to do a sport that will keep them out of crime and make them better people. The less crime we have going on, the better for all of us.

It is a good investment to help young people stay in sport and the great side-effect for the parent helpers is, that it also keeps us fit, we do not just sit and slouch on our couches on days off or sit in the gallery, stuffing our faces with chips, we stand there and we are alert and do something positive.