Then finally! something inside me felt it was wrong.
I started to be more observant of adults around the game. Parents were arguing with the opposition parents because of a referee decision. Parents changed clubs because they felt their son/daughter is better. They felt that their child should play in a better team. Parents were driving 1 hour, one way, across the city 3 times per week to get their children to practice.
So, what is it all about?
When the question popped into my head again, I reached out on the social media.
“Have anyone done any research into adult behaviours around youth sport?”
Sport Scientist and teacher, Gordon MacLelland was the first to respond. He had just started “Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS)” in UK. This was the catalyst to bring in more expertise and seek more information. This was the time when “Off the Pitch with Active” podcast was born. To share knowledge to a wide audience.
Shortly after this, the idea of Yellow for Yelling became realised. This was a good vehicle to create an awareness of the problem. I continue to seek collaborations around the world with experts in this field.
Thanks for your interest reading about my journey. Everyone has a story, and I would love to hear yours!