As they launch the Sideline Bad Behaviour campaign – highlighting the impact of poor behaviour on young players – the charity also revealed that nearly half of all young people who experienced or witnessed aggressive behaviour by spectators at sports games said the abuse continued afterwards (for example on the way to the changing rooms or in the car park).
CHILDREN 1ST conducted a survey of children and young people across Scotland involved in a wide range of sports. The survey, which focused on the behaviour of spectators at sports matches, revealed that swearing and name-calling happened frequently and, in a number of instances, the verbal abuse was threatening. It also revealed that some children under 12 reported being pushed, hit, kicked and punched with the problem of physical violence appearing to get worse for players in their late teens. Almost 20% said poor behaviour from adults affected their performance badly or made them feel like quitting.