Parents not supporting their kids in SANFL juniors

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Parents not supporting their kids in SANFL juniors

Post by Ben W on Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:00 pm

Was a little surprised by Ron's blog this week when he said that in several cases young junior players at the club do not have the support of their parents or carers to be involved and play in the junior competition with the club and struggle to get lifts to the club to their games and so on.

Its a real worry where our society is going when so called parents treat their kids like this, especially when you consider that the level that they are playing is the pathway to the AFL and potential success and fame as an AFL footballer if they go all the way through the system - what parent doesn't want to see their kid excel and make it like this?

Reading Ron's blog, it seems to me that if its not going to change, them maybe we need to go out and get ourselves a decent mini bus and pick the lads up whose parents no longer care less about their footy careers and bring them to and from training and matches accordingly. It would be a great pity that it has to come to that, yet if those are the facts on the ground then go for it is my suggestion...
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Re: Parents not supporting their kids in SANFL juniors

Post by Spiritof64 on Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:16 am

This is not a new problem. As a junior coach 20 plus years ago the same thing occurred. Without the support of the few who do get behind their kids activities, many of the others would miss out.

Once you took out my team manager, runner, interchange steward, and drinks waiter, there was only a handfull of parents each week.

It's pretty sad really.
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Re: Parents not supporting their kids in SANFL juniors

Post by the prowler on Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:31 pm

That has been around for many many years, no matter which association you are with.

It was a lot better than that say 30 or 40 years ago, that was when all parents shared their kids activities.

Unfortunately today with both parents working in a majority of cases, just trying to keep the finances under control, the kids have to fend for them selves a lot more, its not hard to see them doing 'other' things besides playing footy.

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