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Parental behaviour

Your behaviour has a strong impact on the way your child approaches sport.

Motivating, encouraging and supporting your kid is rewarding for all involved, but hitting the right level of encouragement is key, and saying the wrong thing in the wrong way can have lasting negative effects.

You can make a difference when kids are playing the game.

The best way of getting my kids into sport? Force! No really, lead by example and make them understand how important it is to be fit and active all their lives.
- Susan Clark, mother of three

The Wilkinsons
Phil Wilkinson tells the Academy how England World Cup hero Jonny and his brother Mark were encouraged to play all sports.
Fun on the touchline
Are you a good football parent? A new FA initiative will set you on the way to being more supportive to your children
Liz McColgan on nurturing family talent
Long distance running star Liz McColgan reveals how her support for her children remains positive.
Showing the passion
Former tennis star and television presenter Annabel Croft says competition at a young age is a positive step
It's fun for parents too
England's netball captain Olivia Murphy shares her thoughts about her parents' influence on her sporting career.
Katharine Merry's praise for Mum and Dad
Olympic bronze medallist Katharine Merry tells how her parents helped shape her athletics career.
Bad Dad
In 1993 the Women's Tennis Association introduced a regulation prohibiting abusive conduct by players, coaches and relatives following persistent bad behaviour by Jim Pierce, father of Mary Pierce

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