How to Be a Supportive Sports Parent

The Ultimate Playbook: How to Be a Supportive Sports Parent at Cochrane Wolves FC

Being a sports parent is a role filled with excitement, pride, and responsibility. At Cochrane Wolves FC, we recognize that parent support is not just important; it’s a vital trait that shapes the soccer journey of our young players. In this blog, we’ll explore what it means to be a supportive sports parent and why parent support is an essential aspect of any sport, including soccer. We’ll also dive into how Cochrane Wolves FC goes the extra mile to ensure that our parents feel empowered, engaged, and part of the soccer family.

The Role of a Sports Parent

Sports parents play a pivotal role in a child’s sporting experience. Their influence goes beyond driving to practices and cheering from the sidelines; it extends to fostering a love for the game, instilling values, and providing unwavering support.

Why Parent Support Matters

Parent support is crucial in sports for several reasons:

1. Emotional Anchor: Parents serve as a source of emotional support for their child. The encouragement, understanding, and positivity they provide can significantly impact a child’s confidence and enthusiasm.

2. Motivation: Parents can be powerful motivators. Their presence at games and practices sends a clear message that they believe in their child’s potential, which can be a tremendous source of motivation.

3. Skill Development: Parents play a role in skill development by providing opportunities for practice and fostering a growth mindset. Their involvement can boost a child’s commitment to improvement.

4. Sportsmanship and Respect: Parents can model sportsmanship and respect, teaching their child that how they play the game is as important as winning or losing. These values stay with them both on and off the field.

Why Cochrane Wolves FC Supports Parents

Cochrane Wolves FC takes parent support to the next level. We understand that parents are an integral part of our soccer family, and their support is invaluable. Here’s how we ensure that parents are not just included but empowered:

1. Clear Communication: We maintain open lines of communication with parents, keeping them informed about club activities, schedules, and expectations. Clear communication is the foundation of a strong parent-club partnership.

2. Education: We provide resources and workshops for parents to better understand the game and the club’s values. Educated parents can provide more effective support to their child.

3. Encouragement: We encourage parents to be vocal but positive supporters. We emphasize the importance of cheering for effort, not just outcomes. We believe in creating a positive and enthusiastic atmosphere at games and practices.

4. Inclusivity: Cochrane Wolves FC is committed to inclusivity. We ensure that every parent feels welcomed, respected, and a part of our soccer family, regardless of their background or level of soccer knowledge.

5. Empowerment: We empower parents to be role models, teaching their child values like sportsmanship and respect. Parents play a critical role in shaping young athletes who not only excel on the field but also in life.


Being a sports parent is a remarkable journey filled with opportunities to support, motivate, and inspire your child. At Cochrane Wolves FC, we recognize the immense importance of parent support and go the extra mile to ensure that our parents feel valued and engaged. We believe that when parents and the club work together, we create an environment where every child can thrive, develop, and cherish the beautiful game of soccer. Our soccer family includes not only the players but their parents as well, and we’re committed to supporting each one on this incredible journey.

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Cochrane Wolves FC (CWFC) is a not for profit, minor sport organization that provides soccer programming to the Town of Cochrane and surrounding area. We are part of the Big Country Soccer Association District and our Tiered League Play teams participate in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association’s league.