ASA launches Positive Behaviour Workshop

1 April 2014

Parents and spectators play an essential role in supporting a child’s participation in sport, many of whom have an extremely positive influence within both the club and competitive environment.

However many grass-roots sports club are struggling to address the increasing problem of negative behaviour which ultimately has a huge impact on the way in which a child approaches and engages with any sport. 

In order to support clubs to prevent and respond to negative behaviour – which can appear in many forms, swimming’s national governing body, the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) has launched the Positive Behaviour Workshop. The 90 minute workshop is part of the ‘Attitudes in Sport: Make Yours Count’ campaign, which offers support and guidance for clubs to identify and address the negative behaviour of both parents, spectators and all those who take part in the sport.

"It's great that parents, coaches and officials can come together to support this cause.” - Jo JacksonAnyone with an involvement in aquatics can attend the workshops including spectators, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers and club members, with the overall aim of helping clubs to improve the experience for their young swimmers.

The ASA has developed resources to support the delivery of this workshop, including campaign posters and leaflets which are free for clubs, groups, schools and other organisations who want to play an active part in promoting positive spectator behaviour across aquatics to download.

ASA Child Safeguarding Officer, Jenni Dearman commented, “The ASA Safeguarding Team is delighted to see the launch of the Positive Behaviour Workshop. The impact of negative behaviour on young people in sport cannot be underestimated. This workshop challenges that behaviour so that everyone can strive to create a positive, safe and enjoyable environment for young people to feel supported and encouraged. 

“We hope that clubs and ASA members will actively engage with this fantastic resource to ensure their young members enjoy a positive experience at whatever age or ability and thrive in our sport.”

Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson has put her full support behind the new initiative and said: "I think it's great that a 'Positive Behaviour Workshop' is being introduced to clubs. The more positive people we have around poolside, the better it is for our sport. I wouldn't have achieved my dreams if my parents hadn't supported me along the way. I believe if you surround yourself with positive people, you are able to achieve more. It's great that parents, coaches and officials can come together and all work as one group to support this cause.”

Find out how to run a Positive Behaviour Workshop in your club here

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