‘Brilliant parenting’ key to success in sport, says Millfield director

Dr Scott Drawer spoke to parents about the role they play in a child’s sporting success

Millfield’s director of sport, Dr Scott Drawer, spoke to parents at the Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) Academy Conference at Old Trafford recently about the role parenting plays in a child’s success.

Dr Drawer shared stories from his diverse sporting background in Olympic and Paralympic sport with UK Sport, England Rugby and Team Ineos (previously Team Sky), and his role in developing sport at Millfield.

He spoke about the importance of parents in a player’s support team saying: “Brilliant parenting is one of the ‘rocks’ of any development environment. We cannot underestimate the role that parents play in developing the right behaviours and skills in young people, to aid personal success through sport or whatever career they choose to follow in life.

“At Millfield, where 75% of our students are boarders and therefore away from their parents for long periods of time, our teachers, coaches and pastoral team play a significant role in this too.”

The event is put together by MUFC for their academy parents and included guest speakers from Changing Minds – Dr Andy Rogers, Non-Perfect Dad Richard Shorter, Onside Law, Premier League, current academy coaches at MUFC, and parents of players who have become professionals in the game.

Dr Drawer added: “The emphasis on providing new and dynamic experiences as part of a young person’s time in the academy is another similarity to the opportunities at Millfield, where we provide a multi-sport, arts, drama, music and academic environment.

“We passionately believe in developing young people through sport at Millfield.

Of course, we recognise that the landscape of sport has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and we need to adapt to such trends and influence, but the guiding principles which underpin everything MUFC do and the intent that comes with it are remarkably similar to our own.”

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