Tuesday 17 January 2017

Pushy mums and dads on the pitch sidelines are only scoring own goals

Miriam Donohue

Published 17/02/2014 | 02:30

Dublin's Bernard Brogan, holds the Sam Maguire Cup to Dublin fans after victory over Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. Picture : Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
Dublin's Bernard Brogan, holds the Sam Maguire Cup to Dublin fans after victory over Mayo in the All Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. Picture : Damien Eagers / Irish Independent

Over the weekend, bless their little hearts, thousands of energetic boys and girls all over Ireland togged out for their weekly fix of sport. Parks in our cities and towns, and country fields swarmed with youngsters buzzing around chasing a ball – and possibly their dreams as future soccer, Gaelic or rugby stars.

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Coaching these sports-mad kids were dedicated and passionate coaches who give their time on a voluntary basis to train our future sports heroes, or those who simply enjoy getting exercise and bonding with a team.

Let's be honest, the vast majority of parents sighed with relief when their sons or daughters headed out the door on Saturday or Sunday morning with their training bags slung over their shoulders. They used the precious few hours to catch up with household chores after a demanding week at work. They might have enjoyed a lie-on in bed, indulged in hobbies, or met a friend for coffee.

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