Getting involved in your child’s club: A guide for parents.

Written by Natalie Doyle

February 10, 2023

A girls football team in a huddle

Having your child involved in a sports club often opens your eyes to a whole new world!  You see first hand the power of having a team of dedicated volunteers and it can often give you a strong sense of community.  So, if you have a child involved in grassroots sport, how can you get involved and support the club?  Here are my top tips:

1. Let the people at the club get to know you.  Chats on the sidelines, attending social events, there are plenty of ways to build relationships with the people that run the club.  Talk about your day job and your interests.  They might have a project coming up that would really benefit from your skills and experience.

2. Spend time thinking about what you do (and don’t) want to do to help.  Supporting the club doesn’t mean that you have to say ‘yes’ to everything!  If you want to learn more about coaching, let them know.  If you’d prefer to help with some administration, or can only provide occasional event support, that’s fine too!  They’ll be grateful for any help, and you’re always better off being honest about what you want to do.

3. Engage with their social media.  Volunteering your time isn’t the only way to support your child’s club.  Likes, shares, and comments on social media will help the club promote what they are doing and raise their profile, so whenever you’re scrolling, engage with their content.

4. Ask what their challenges are.  Communication works two ways, so show an interest in what is difficult for them.  It’s very likely that they have some challenges you are unaware of.  Is there a way you can help, or do you know someone who can? Or perhaps you could just provide an alternative perspective or a sympathetic ear?

5. Encourage other parents to get involved.  Word of mouth is a very powerful tool in grassroots sport and you will often have friendships with other parents that the club doesn’t have.  Talk to them about how you’re trying to support the club and ask if they’ve considered doing the same thing.  Parents can be a club’s biggest advocates so use your voice to make a positive impact.

Clubs do a fantastic job in providing sporting opportunities for our children, so the more we can support them, the better.  Good luck, and enjoy it!

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