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Month: July 2020

Sport parenting: The pushy parent: good or bad?

Sport parenting: The pushy parent: good or bad?

By Niovie Constantinou, Contributor Sport parenting is a phase in life that most parents go through; it could be that their child has decided to take on soccer, swimming or tennis practice after school, or even pursue a career in sport. Whatever the chosen field and level of involvement of the child, parents play an important role in how young athletes evolve throughout their sporting journey. Sport parents will not only have to drive their child to (and be present…

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Supporting your child with Academics and sports

Supporting your child with Academics and sports

By Lazaros Ioannou, APC Sports Consulting Ltd First day of college practice usually has a surprise in-store for student-athletes. It’s the hard realization of the fact that all NCAA athletes will turn pro, but in something other than sports.  It is not intended to undermine the efforts of teenage athletes or diminish your own personal aspirations for your kid’s sport career, but it is vital to remember that, as of 2018, only 6% of student athletes in all sports get…

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Parents of Young Athletes: Plan with them and not for them

Parents of Young Athletes: Plan with them and not for them

By Iacovos Iacovides, APC Sports Consulting Ltd It is a common mistake for parents to try and dictate to their children how and in what way to live their lives—a route which entails many dangers. It is generally advisable to allow children and young teenagers a breathing space in which they can make their own decisions and in the case of young athletes, it is even more important to accommodate their wants and desires and allow them to input some…

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Parents and Sport Spectator Behavior 101

Parents and Sport Spectator Behavior 101

By Constantinos Massonos, Contributor Sitting on the stands or on the side of a pitch, watching your child compete in sports is an exciting and emotional experience. The great majority of parents who make the effort to attend their kids’ games can watch them, learn, grow and develop through sports play. A good sport parent is a good role model for the athlete. The parent should practice (after preaching) good sportsmanship, meaningful support and avoid confrontation or sending mixed signals…

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Sport Parenting: Be your child’s top fan

Sport Parenting: Be your child’s top fan

By Andreas Themistocleous, APC Sports Consulting Ltd Perhaps it comes as an insult, but the reality is that we, parents, should learn to be our children’s top fans. Not to suggest that any parent would want anything than the absolute best for their children, but the defining difference in this debate is the roadmap to becoming that top fan. This article debates the true meaning of a top fan, which most probably differs from common practice and perceptions in youth…

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July 2020 Editorial: Sport Parenting

July 2020 Editorial: Sport Parenting

July 1, 2020 Family is said to be the backbone for any successful young adult. The support, love, care and guidance given to children nowadays play a vital role in shaping their character and preparing them for their life ahead. Understanding the true meaning of this very demanding leadership role called parenting, can better prepare parents to adapt to it. Proper sport parenting is a concept that can be defined in several different ways. There is no exact recipe for…

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