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How do you behave on the sidelines?

Cheering on your kids from the sidelines can be an invigorating experience.

Are you 'Competitive dad' and scream yourself hoarse? Or are you 'Relaxed mum' and cheer whatever happens?

Parents have an important role to play in supporting children in sport.

And help is at hand thanks to a Football Association initiative.

The FA has launched a programme called Soccer Parent which aims to raise standards of behaviour and knowledge.

It also gives a few pointers on volunteering opportunities within the game.

It's a perfect way for parents, teachers and anybody with an interest in football to get more involved.

And there's a free online course available to anybody registering with the FA with a printable accredited certificate up for grabs.

So what are you waiting for?


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