Opinion Analysis

Monday 23 October 2017

Parents need to choose wisely and ask questions about issues such as vetting

Picking sports clubs for children should involve as much care as picking schools, writes Swim Ireland's Kate Hills

ENVIRONMENT: Parents should find out how the club is run
ENVIRONMENT: Parents should find out how the club is run

Kate Hills

Parents should choose their children's sports clubs as carefully as their schools. They look at the school's reputation, the teachers, extra-curricular activities as well as what subjects their child might do. Swim Ireland, the national governing body for aquatics, suggests they should do the same checks when choosing a sports club for their child; it should be fun and enjoyable even when your child is working hard to achieve their goals and develop their skills. So, what should you look for when choosing a sports club?

Is the club a safe and fun environment? Are the people working in the club qualified, trained and vetted for their roles? Is the club a well-run club with measures to safeguard both young people and adults? Is there open communication, promoting good relationships with young people?

We want parents to ask the right questions so they know and trust the club.

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