Non-Perfect Parent Series set to continue for 2022-2023

Badminton Wales are delighted to confirm that the widely acclaimed parent-expert Richard Shorter, is to embark on a new series of workshops within the junior pathway over the next year. Since the programme started back in 2019/20, its provision has grown through collaboration to include and benefit parents from, Cricket Wales, Welsh Gymnastics, Welsh Athletics, Hockey Wales and ourselves. (

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the series has run virtually, resulting in record attendances; these online sessions are set to continue over the next 6 months. Parents will be able to tune into six highly engaging sessions which have the main objective of facilitating better outcomes for their children in their respective sports pathways.

Richard has over 20 years of working with parents from his days as a youth worker, and during his current life as a Baptist minister. He has delivered numerous parenting courses for local authorities and statutory agencies, as well as lecturing at universities including the teaching of trainee social work students about effective strategies for working with families.

Richard also has significant experience within the sports sector having worked with the likes of Manchester United, England Rugby, the England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey, Saracens, Millfield School, Newcastle Falcons and Somerset Cricket. A public speaker in his own right, he has featured on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss the joys and challenges of sporting parents at the highest level.

The workshops for this year will continue via virtual means this year and will occur on the following dates:

Non Perfect Parent Series 2022

Session 1 (10th November 2022): Sports parenting – how do sports parents connect effectively with the layered identities of through a young person’s journey?

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Session 2 (8th December 2022: Parent coach relationship – exploring the challenges and opportunities around this, including how to positively engage with match/event officials.

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Session 3 (12th January 2023): Distraction management – when inner and external voices are going to discuss your children from exploring their potential and how to manage them (Incl. social media).

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Session 4 (16th February 2023): Bumps in the Road – exploring selection and injury challenges as well as how to build resilience.

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Session 5 (9th March 2023): Study balance – how to support your child thrive during exam periods. What can this look like?

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Session 6 (11th May 2023: Keeping motivated – how to explore what motivates our children to stay in sport and how to support them.

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All sessions begin at 8pm, last one hour and are available for Mums and Dads.

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