Shoosh for Kids summer campaign an initiative of the NSW Office of Sport

SET EXAMPLE: Parents and all spectators are urged to keep quiet on the sidelines of children's sporting events, unless they have only encouraging and positive things to say. Picture: Dallas Kilponen
SET EXAMPLE: Parents and all spectators are urged to keep quiet on the sidelines of children's sporting events, unless they have only encouraging and positive things to say. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

THE NSW Office of Sport is reminding parents and spectators at children's sporting event to 'Shoosh for Kids' when watching from the sidelines.

Shoosh for Kids promotes positive behaviour to parents and spectators. Eight sporting codes and more than 250 clubs and associations have signed up to this summer's campaign.

"The message is simple: if you don't have anything positive to say, Shoosh for Kids," chief executive of the Office of Sport, Karen Jones, said.

"Watching our children, friends and relatives play sport can be a very enjoyable experience.

"Unfortunately, some of us can get consumed in the moment and forget that the kids are just there to have fun and improve their health and fitness."

NSW Touch genral manager Dean Russell said Shoosh for Kids was one of the more important campaigns for all sports to be a part of.

"Children playing sport is sown into the fabric of the Australian DNA, but we need to ensure that our kids are having fun while being active," he said.

"Parents and spectators play an essential role in this by recognising and setting the example of the importance of positive sideline behavior at games.

"We fully support this notion and it's why NSW Touch signed up to the campaign.

"Let the kids play and have fun without the pressure of parents."

Clubs and associations who sign up to the campaign receive access to a range of free resources, including sports specific flyers, social media posts and audio announcements.

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