What a finale to our season last week when we had special guests David Beckham and Jess Ennis-Hill in the studio to present the Sky Sports Living for Sport 2014 Awards. There was a real buzz in the air and everyone had been looking forward to the show for a long time. The awards were Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year and Pupil of the Year. The initiative is all about using sport as a means to inspire, motivate and engage. The benefits are more confidence, self-belief, increasing self-esteem, trying new sports and ultimately taking on new challenges in life with that increased self-motivation. The show was fantastic and the audience even got a chance to ask Jess and David their questions. David Beckham was asked what he would be if he wasn’t a footballer. He said probably a gas fitter like his Dad or an artist! Jess was asked what her superhuman power would be if she was a superhero, she replied ‘the ability to heal myself from injury.’ David would have the super power to continue playing football for ever. Some really fun questions that made everyone smile!
Both Jess and David are incredibly down to earth and simply love being involved with this project. Their passion for this initiative is obvious and their role model status has such a positive influence on everyone taking part Sky Sports Living for Sport. I want to highlight the 90 athlete mentors who are so important to the project. They go in to schools week in week out to teach, inspire, educate and motivate. Without them the project wouldn’t work. Their hard work and determination is incredible.
I got the chance to have a quick chat with David about his hectic schedule and he says most of the time he is a taxi driver taking his kids to and from sports practice, which of course he absolutely loves. All in all a brilliant day and we look forward to having both Jess and David back with us for the next series of Game Changers.
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