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Working with Parents in Sport


‘Working with Parents in Sport’ supports organisations, parents and coaches in working together to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences.


We are a UK based company that works with sporting organisations globally, providing unbiased information that understands the difficulties that parents and coaches face in today’s world.


Our partners currently include amongst others, England Rugby, UK Coaching, Cricket Scotland, Irish FA, Sport Northern Ireland and the Little Athletics franchise in Australia. We also work with soccer organisations in the USA and Canada.


Gordon MacLelland set up ‘Working with Parents in Sport’ after 20 years as a teacher and as a coach to all age levels from 7 year olds to adults.


He has a BA/Hons degree in Sports Science from University College Chester and a PGCE from Lancaster University.


He is a qualified teacher and has been Director of Sport at an independent prep school in the UK for the last 10 years. He has worked in schools in both the UK and New Zealand for the last 16 years.


He is the author of two books, ‘Great Sports Parenting’ – A pocket guide for parents of children in sport and ‘Engage’ – A coaches guide to building positive relationships with parents.


In recent times he has become a parent to two children and the early sporting experiences of his own children prompted him to set up the company as well as write the two books above.


As a speaker he brings a wealth of experience to working with organisations, coaches and parents gathered through 20 years as a teacher and coach as well as a parent currently involved in children’s sport.

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