Pushy parents turn children off sports
Pushy, abusive parents are turning children as young as eight off sport, a poll suggests.
Youngsters report being told they are "too heavy", "lazy to run" or have made a "pathetic mistake" by mums and dads who are critical of their performance on the playing field.
Some said their parents had sworn at them, while one admitted they had been told "you're not good enough, you're worthless", the study by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) found.
Nearly half (45pc) of the eight to 16-year-olds questioned said the bad behaviour of parents made them feel like they did not want to take part in sport.