Good Practice Principles: Children and Young People in Sport and Recreation


This report sets out 10 principles for delivering sport and recreation to children (0-12 years) and young people (13-18 years). These principles should be applied by coaches, parents, instructors, teachers and administrators involved in leading, supporting or managing sport and recreation opportunities for children and young people. The ten principles are:

  1. Create a safe social and physical environment
  2. Treat children and young people with dignity and respect
  3. Model good behaviour and values
  4. Be consistent
  5. Become familiar with developmental ages and stages
  6. Let children play
  7. Ensure there is full participation and inclusion
  8. Modify or adapt activities to suit the ability of participants
  9. Provide an appropriate amount of activity
  10. Prepare children and young people to compete successfully

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