Banbury 2019

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Banbury Parents Meeting  2019 –


The Role of parent for sports children. 

“All our parents and grandads, they help us and that’s why we’re here. We’ve all got the talent, there’s no doubting that, but talent’s one thing, it’s having the support of your parents, and every professional if you asked them who is their biggest inspiration, they are not going to say a player, they’ll say their parents and I think that is the same for all of us. “ – RFU and C Knight research wellington Festival 2018

“Athletes bring to the high performance environment the models that they’ve learnt at home.” Dr Karl Steptoe

‘As an industry we have to shift our mindsets,’ he added. ‘My challenge has got to be creating happy young people who are successful in life and want to engage in a lifetime of sport, with lifelong happy memories. The aim should be creating a decent person regardless of if they become an elite footballer.’

Nicky Cox- Man United Academy manager. 


Harbour– Psychological safety.

A key to understanding who we are, is our roots.

  • What stories do you share as a family which support awareness of self/others?
  • What stories could you share which support  awareness of self/others?

[Yours, theirs, families, others- The Good, the bad and ugly]

Some good examples of books are:

  • Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
  • Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
  • Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • First Man In: Leading from the Front by Ant Middleton
  • Touching the Void Joe Simpson
  • Legacy by James Kerr

Ask in response to these stories…

  • What would you adopt? Why?
  • What would you modify? Why?
  • What would you reject? Why?

[Taken from Strengthening families, Strengthening Communities questions by Dr Marylyn Steel

Please see this article for more about self awareness.

Open and honest– Brene brown,

Makes mistakes- The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed By Jessica Lahey

Expects progress:

The Egg Game: 

Managing expectations in pathway rugby is a bit like picking the right egg because…..

balancing, life, rugby, family and school is a bit like picking the right egg because…..


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