Welcome to Positive Sport Parent. By being part of the PSP family, you will gain awareness, understanding, guidance, knowledge and education that will better equip you to encourage and inspire your children to achieve their full potential through positive sporting experiences. It will empower you to become more aware of all the factors at play in the sporting sphere whether your child is a competitive athlete or just participating for the love of the game. You are their most important supporter and role model. But, how do you best serve, encourage and inspire your child?
Sporting heroes engender achievement, success, inspiration and passion and the ability to unite a nation. But, have you ever considered the effort and commitment that these heroes invest in reaching great heights, as well as the support, encouragement and inspiration that is provided by their parents. In many instances this commitment commences at a young age and continues throughout the athletes’ teenage years. On the other hand, many of these athletes (up to 70% in some instances) drop out of sport and more importantly any form of physical activity during the ages 13 – 18. Don’t let your son or daughter become a statistic. Invest in Positive Sport Parent today!
It is well recognised that parents are both important and influential role models in their children’s development, both on and off the field. This parental role has evolved over time particularly with the increased emphasis on professional sport, the unifying nature of sport, the vast variety of sporting activities now available, and the recognition that a long-term physically active lifestyle is beneficial to both the individual and the health of the nation. But, how do you best serve, encourage and inspire your child?
Through this website, our free monthly newsletter (From the Stands), interactive presentations and workshops as well as access to accredited subject matter experts you can equip yourself with the appropriate knowledge to play this important role. We have engaged the most respected minds in the sporting environment to contribute to the success of PSP. All content has been approved by the PSP Editorial Board.
We will cover areas ranging from nutrition, psychology, sports administration, injuries, performance enhancing substances, disabilities, sports science, socio-cultural and medical aspects of sport. And of course you are welcome to pose questions and subjects to us.
Positive Sport Parent is the brainchild of two forward thinking, inspiring parents, Mary-Ann Dove and Mary-Jane Goebel, both who have been involved in the sports environment for over 20 years. Mary-Ann has qualifications in Sports Science, Coaching and Psychology and has worked with sportsmen and women from developmental to Olympic level. Mary-Jane’s focus has been more in the Sports Administration and business arena having worked with a number of the South African sporting bodies.