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Respect is one of the most important aspects of sportsmanship, and it's crucial that we teach our young athletes the value of treating others with dignity and respect. Whether they are playing for fun or competing at the highest levels, all athletes need to understand the role that respect plays in building a successful team and fostering positive relationships both on and off the field.

One of the most powerful images that captures the essence of respect in sport is that of an academy football player giving respect to a junior mascot. This simple act of kindness and acknowledgement goes a long way in creating a positive and supportive environment for everyone involved in the game.
At the heart of respect in sport is the idea that all individuals, regardless of their skill level, age, or role within the team, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This means showing appreciation for the efforts and achievements of others, acknowledging their contributions, and treating them with kindness and empathy.

Respect in sport also involves a commitment to fairness and integrity. This means playing by the rules, treating opponents with respect, and avoiding unsportsmanlike behavior such as cheating or trash-talking. It also means recognizing the value of teamwork and cooperation, and working collaboratively with others to achieve common goals.
Perhaps most importantly, respect in sport requires a willingness to learn from and appreciate the diversity of others. This means celebrating the unique talents and abilities of each team member, and recognizing the different perspectives and experiences that each person brings to the table.

As parents, coaches, and mentors, it's up to us to model and teach the values of respect in sport. This can be done through simple acts of kindness, such as congratulating opponents after a game, or through more formal programs that teach the principles of sportsmanship and fair play.

Photos courtesy of
Abigail Hiddlestone