Shoosh for Kids: Campaign targets poor spectator behaviour

If you are attending junior sport this winter, the message is simple: keep sideline comments and behaviour positive.

The Shoosh for Kids Winter Awareness Month is taking place throughout May targeting poor spectator behaviour at junior sport.

A record 21 sector partners and more than 600 sporting clubs and associations already signed up to take part in the Office of Sport initiative.

Sport Minister Geoff Lee said it's essential to keep sideline comments and behaviour positive.

"With a full season to look forward to this winter, the Shoosh for Kids message is more important than ever," Mr Lee said.

"It's great to see larger crowds and families back at community sport, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it is a fun, safe environment for children. One of the best ways we can do this is to keep comments positive so that kids want to keep playing and enjoying the benefits that sport offers."

Founding partner of Shoosh for Kids and NSW Rugby League chief executive David Trodden said they were "thrilled" the vital campaign has broadened across the sport sector.

"We are very passionate about creating an enjoyable and positive environment to ensure kids want to come back each week, and most of all, have fun playing," Mr Trodden said.

For the first time, the network of 65 PCYC clubs across NSW have joined Shoosh for Kids expanding the reach of the campaign to more than 70,000 youth that attend clubs and programs.

"The campaign aligns with one of our fundamental values - Respect - so we're excited to be on board with this fantastic initiative led by the NSW Government," PCYC NSW chief executive Dominic Teakle said.

"We know that young people thrive with positive adult role models and the Shoosh for Kids initiative reinforces positive, supportive behaviours in sport".

Shoosh for Kids Winter Awareness Month will run from May 1 to 31 , with free resources available to clubs and associations that sign up throughout the campaign.