How to Help a Child Who Wants to Quit Sport

How to Help a Child Who Wants to Quit Sport

By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

  • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
  • Maintain positive mental health
  • Compete with confidence more often
  • Manage your emotions better
  • Improve your commitments levels

David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

In this short solo episode, I answer a question posed by a parent.  “My son has had a tough time recently and often talks about not wanting to continue with football.”

Sadly, this question appears to be a common one at present and shows no signs of going away potentially down to the pressures placed on children at a young age, both in their sport and education.  I do my best to give sporting parents one idea on how you can help them and open up a conversation on the topic.

Key Learning

  • Ask your child why they play football or sport.
  • Find out what they love about sport.
  • Check-in with yourself, why would you like your children to play sport?
  • Now check if you share common ground, if there is a big difference in your motivations I’m hoping you’ll question your approach and consider how you communicate with them. 

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Relevant Podcast Episodes

Ep067: David Charlton – Supporting Children to Transfer their Skills from Training to Competition

Ep074: David Charlton – How Can I Make My Child Feel Confident?

Ep082: David Charlton – Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

Ep085: David Charlton –  David on Being Tough Vs Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin Part 4

Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

Blog: A Confidence Checklist for Parents

Blog: Pre Match Tips for Parents

Blog: How Do You Give a Young Golfer Self-Confidence?

Blog: 5 Reasons Why Being Released from a Football Academy is Difficult

Children and Youth Motivation for Sport Quiz

Child and Youth Motivation Quiz for Parents



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Best Wishes 

David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

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