Every parent/guardian should encourage his/her youngster to participate in sport. Every parent/guardian should provide support (e.g. transport, equipment, doing activity with them, encourgament etc.), when possible, to their youngster to take part in sport. Every club should support parents/guardians to do so, especially with respect to youngsters who are more likely to drop out of sport (i.e. vulnerable groups).
Actions for coaches/trainers
- Discuss with parents to encourage youngsters to participate by introducing them to sports and perhaps by becoming volunteer leaders in children’s sports programs.
- Communicate with parents on their child’s behaviour and development. They are co-responsible for this.
- Regularly talk with parents and their son or daughter, to make them understand the program and even reinforce at home what their kids had learn.
Actions for clubs
- Invite parents to information sessions about the club.
- Invite parents to volunteer in the club activities. Support and plan the involvement of parents in volunteering.
- Ask parents what kind of contribution they can offer when enrolling a youngster.
Card Games Keep Youngsters Involved
The most important tool in the toolkit are the card games, developed for the Erasmus+ Sport project Keep Youngsters Involved.
These card games help you to get to know more about how to implement actions in the sport club to keep youngsters (12-19 year) involved and prevent them from dropout.
The different card games can help professionals who work with youngsters in sport, young adults and sport clubs how to improve their policy on youth, and help by creating a sport club action plan.
In total there are 169 action cards. For every factor you can choose a variety of cards. You can choose the cards and print* them in colour to be able to use them. Cut them out and they are ready to be used.
* best printer settings: choose page sizing ‘fit’
There are 3 different cards games:
- Card game 1: Choose your cards
- Card game 2: Roleplay Keep Youngsters Involved
- Card game 3: Go Fish
Quick scan Y-score for sports clubs
How youth-oriented is your sports club? In other words, is your club accessible and attractive to young members? Does the club give enough consideration to the wishes, needs and possibilities of the various groups of young people? And especially, how can this be improved?
The Y-score answers these questions. It is an instrument that quickly and easily gives insight into how youth-oriented your club is. It helps you to look at your club through a young person’s ‘pair of glasses’.