Stamp out negative behaviour in sport

FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT: Glen Innes Minor League is joining in on the Shoosh for Kids campaign to create a positive sporting environment.
FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT: Glen Innes Minor League is joining in on the Shoosh for Kids campaign to create a positive sporting environment.

The NSW government has a message for all involved with junior sport, but you can’t hear it. 

Teaming up with Glen Innes Minor League, the Office of Sport launched the Shoosh for Kids week to promote positive sideline behaviour at junior sporting events.

The initiative started Monday, May 15, and runs through to Sunday, May 21. It encourages sporting clubs and players to join in to keep kids playing sport in a friendly environment but stamping out negative behaviour. 

Minor League president Adrian Bruce said promoting Shoosh for Kids Week at the local club, along with other clubs and associations across the state, means there is a consistent message for grassroots sport.

“We want junior games to be a positive, happy place for kids to enjoy themselves while being active,” he said. 

We want junior games to be a positive, happy place for kids to enjoy themselves while being active.

Sport is an important part of people’s lives with many recognised health and social benefits. 

Office of Sport chief executive Matt Miller said the initiative helps to reinforce sport as a positive experience for all players, officials and spectators. 

“We want everyone, especially children, to continue their involvement in sport because it’s a fun and encouraging environment for everyone,” he said. 

“Most people do the right thing.

“However, the sports we are working with want to remind spectators that there is no place for negative comments in local sport.”

The campaign set out some guidelines for sports participants. 

If your comment is negative, then SHOOSH!

If your comment is directed at a player, then SHOOSH!

If you comment is directed at a referee or match official, then SHOOSH!

Reward good play by both teams with applause; if you can’t, then SHOOSH!

Show respect to players and game officials.

Remember it’s their game.