Evaluating the ‘Optimal Competition Parenting Workshop’ using the RE-AIM Framework: A 4-Year Organisational Level Intervention within British Junior Tennis

Sam N. Thrower, Christopher Spray, Chris Harwood

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The purpose of the current study was to utilise the RE-AIM framework to evaluate the national-level scale out of the Lawn Tennis Association’s ‘Optimal Competition Parenting Workshop’ across a 4-year period. During 2018, 65 workshops were run across the United Kingdom, 1043 parents registered, and 933 parents attended. Adopting a quasi-experimental design, multilevel analyses revealed significant increases in parents’ (n = 130) task goal orientation and competition tennis parenting efficacy, as well as significant decreases in ego goal orientation and unpleasant emotions. Children’s perceptions of both mother and father-initiated ego involving motivational climate and their own ego goal orientation significantly decreased across time. From 2019 to 2021, a further 64 workshops were delivered to 1110 parents with no significant differences in parents’ satisfaction, enjoyment, instructor evaluation, or transfer intention over time. Overall, the OCPW represents a well-received, practical, and effective brief intervention for enhancing parental involvement in junior tennis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Nov 2022


  • Youth Sport, Sport Parenting, Achievement Goals, Motivational Climate

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