Our Mission

“the SPA provides an impartial and independent support framework for young people and their families who are participating in sport.

As well as working in co-operation with coaches, clubs and other parties associated with sports participation by young people; from grass-roots level through to the elite sports community.”

  • To provide impartial and informed advice and support to families in regards to development of young people in sport at all levels.

  • To help ensure understanding amongst all parties of their responsibilities in ensuring children have a happy, joyful, confident and successful experience participating in.

  • To assist families and young sportspeople in ensuring they have access to every• To assist families and young sportspeople in ensuring they have access to every reasonable opportunity and advisory resource in order to optimise their chances of being the ‘one per cent’ to progress to elite sports (should they wish to).

SPORTS PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION
AIMS, OBJECTIVES & VALUES

  • To provide impartial and informed advice and support to families in regards to development of young people in sport oa all levels

  • To assist young people, their families and others to fully understand the elite sports system

  • To help ensure understanding amongst all parties of their responsibilities in ensuring children have a happy, joyful, confident and successful experience participating in sport.

  • To assist families and young sportspeople in ensuring they have access to every reasonable opportunity and advisory resource in order to optimise their chances of being the ‘one per cent’ to progress to elite sports (should they wish to)

  • To assist families and young sportspeople who are not one of ‘one per cent’ to understand the outcome, and optimise how they benefit from participation in sport

  • To ensure that all sports participants understand their individual and collective responsibilities in ensuring a child’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is properly looked after when participating in sport.

  • To assist in providing and/or sourcing qualified advice relating to a child’s development through participation in sports, including : physical development, treatment of injuries, self-esteem, confidence issues, mental & emotional intelligence, employments & contracts, communication, and bullying & intimidation in all its forms.

  • To encourage young sportspeople have the freedom to express themselves as individuals.

  • To encourage best practice by those responsible and involved (e.g. clubs and coaches) in the development of young people participating in sports.

  • To ensure the development and wellbeing of the young sportspeople is seen by all involved in their participation as the primary and overriding concern at all times.

  • To empower and support families, parents and young people to love sport and not be ruled by the fear of failure.

  • To facilitate the freedom of parents, families and young people in voicing their concerns, observations, and observations of their sporting environment

  • To help ensure that through sports participation every young person is given a fair and reasonable opportunity to develop as a well-rounded and secure individual