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Millwall's Good Parent Policy



• Be familiar with the coaching and training programme in order that you can ensure that your child is fully involved and the coaches are aware of his/her availability.

• Be familiar with the teaching and coaching methods used by observing the sessions in which your child participates.

• Be aware that the club has a duty of care and therefore, where appropriate, assist coaches with the supervision of the young players, particularly where numbers are large and there is a need to transport youngsters to games.

• Be involved with club activities and share your expertise.

• Share concerns, if you have them, with club officials.

• Be familiar with the Good Coaches Code. In particular recognise the importance of fun and enjoyment when coaching young players

• Keep winning and losing in perspective, encouraging young players to behave with dignity in all circumstances. It is important that parents support coaches in instilling these virtues.


• Remember that young people play rugby for their own enjoyment not that of their parents.

• Encourage young people to play - do not force them.

• Focus on the young players' efforts, rather than winning or losing.

• Be realistic about the young players' abilities, do not push them towards a level that they are not capable of achieving.

• Provide positive verbal feedback both in training and during the game.

Remember that persistant, negative messages will adversely affect the players' and referee's performance and attitude.

• Always support the rugby club in their efforts to eradicate loud, coarse and abusive behaviour from the game.

• Remember young people learn much by example.

• Always show appreciation of good play by all young players both from your own club and the opposition.

• Respect decisions made by the match officials and encourage the young players to do likewise.