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Parents & Carers

Netball provides opportunities for enjoyment and achievement; it can develop qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork, as well as physical benefits. Providing young people with a positive netball experience means that they will be more likely to achieve their true potential.

 

Every young person has the right to have fun and to be safe and free from harm, whether training or competing for a local club.  As a parent / legal guardian you should feel comfortable with the environment that your child is in and able to ask questions about the club, structure, people, policies and practices.

 

Questions to consider:

 

Are the coaches qualified?

All coaches/leaders must hold an up-to-date Welsh Netball recognised Coaching qualification which is appropriate to the level of activity being coached.

 

Do the coaches have the appropriate training?

All coaches/leaders working with young people have to have attended a SCUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop and hold a first aid certificate.

 

Are the coaches and club personnel suitable to work with young people?

All coaches and volunteers who regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge of young people must have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check through Welsh Netball.

 

Concerns?

If you feel concerned or worried about your child and need some advice, you can contact the Club Welfare Officer and explain your concerns. The Club Welfare Officer will then speak with Welsh Netball Lead Officer, if appropriate.

 

All concerns will be treated in the strictest confidence, with only the people who can help the situation become involved. If you are looking for guidance please see the web links for parents in the section to the right.

These websites can provide parents and careers with information and support.

 

Always ensure that as a Parent/Carer you:

 

  • arrange for your child to be dropped off and picked up promptly from the club and competitions
  • contact the club if you are running late to collect your child
  • adhere to the rules of the club
  • adhere to the Codes of conduct within the club
  • accept the guidance that coaches provide and officials decisions within competitions
  • use appropriate language at all times
  • stay off the equipment during training and competitions
  • never force your child to participate

 

You can help your child become a strong competitor in a safe environment by:

 

  • emphasising and rewarding effort rather than outcome.
  • understanding that your child may need a break from sports occasionally.
  • encouraging and guiding your child, not forcing or pressuring them to compete.
  • emphasising the importance of having fun, learning new skills, and developing skills.
  • showing interest in their participation in sports, asking questions.
  • realising that your attitude and behaviours influences your child's performance

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