Tag Archives: communication

Has school sport lost its way?

Winning - Sportmanship

Over the past couple of months a number of stories would lead one to believe that school sport has become more than just a game, but rather “win at all costs”. A girl’s primary school in Bloemfontein has introduced a parents’ code of ethics. Two of Durban’s biggest schools will not play first team sport […]

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Role of parents in positively encouraging their children

Positive Sport Parent

Following the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah Winfrey and the introduction of a Code of Conduct for Parents by a primary school in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Positive Sport Parent Founder, Mary Ann Dove, spoke with Kieno Kammies on 567 Cape Talk this morning. Click here 567 PSP Interview to hear what she had to say about the role […]

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Bigger playing fields – The transition from primary to high school

Chalkboard with words "back to school"

It’s tough making the move from primary to high school for several reasons, but the struggles in the sports realm often go undiscussed. Whether it’s moving from being the top athlete at a small school to being one of many good athletes at a large school, dealing with body issues, or deciding on your sporting […]

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Looking for a Green sport with life time benefits? Try sailing!

Sailing Boat

It’s often said that there are 3 types of people: 1. Those who make things happen 2. Those who watch things happen and, 3. Those who wonder what happened… The thing is, you don’t make it into the first group without a bit of training and discipline. Being proactive and having the ability to get […]

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Make the fairways and greens a joyous place for your child

Portrait of Young Golfer

I remember it as if it was yesterday. “Sir, could I ask you a question about the rules?” The question came from a nine-year-old with a face contorted with obvious shock and horror. The question, directed at a rules official at a youth golf tournament within earshot of yours truly, could have been about a […]

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Have your say – How should parents, coaches and players behave?

Code of Conduct

The relationship between parents, athletes/players and coaches is critical to the success of any sporting experience whether it is at a junior participation level or at the highest level of competition. We are often asked for advice on how to ensure that this relationship produces a positive experience for all stakeholders. We believe that communication […]

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Parental involvement and the effect on a child’s performance

Mentally tough swimmer

Case study: Johnny the swimmer I watched Johnny, a very talented 14 year old swimmer at a competition. Before Johnny competed I saw him going to the toilet at least 4 times. After his race I congratulated him but commented that I saw him going to the toilet a couple of times. He laughed and […]

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How do you know if your son is taking anabolic steroids?

Performance Enhancing Substances

The newspapers are confirming what most of us already know: more and more adolescent schoolboys are taking powerful anabolic steroids. And they’re not only taking them to enhance their sports performance but also “to look good.” So as a parent, how would you spot if your son is taking these dangerous drugs? Steroid use can […]

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25 Practical Tips for Parents to Guide their Children’s Sporting Endeavours

Soccer on beach

As society has transformed over the past 30 years there have been significant paradigm shifts in physical activity and sport. On the one hand changing childhood behaviour patterns has resulted in decreasing physical activity levels whilst at the other end of the spectrum the increasing professionalism of sport has exacerbated the pressure placed on young […]

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A Prep School Sports Teacher Perspective

St Peters Runners

Mary Ann Dove in conversation with Grant Jansen, former Head of Sport at St. Peter’s Boys School, Johannesburg, South Africa. MD: What was the greatest challenge you faced as head of sport at a primary school? JG: As a teacher the natural thing for you to do is to help others and play a part […]

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