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Q&A with DAVID BECKHAM about inspiring young children through sport - ANSWERS BACK

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 04-Sep-13 14:04:26

This week we're offering you the chance to post your question to none other than [drum roll]DAVIDBECKHAM. As a national sporting icon,Becksis an inspirational role model to millions of young people and is going to be answering your questions in a Q&A themed around mentoring, coaching and inspiring young people through sport. Post your questions to him before midday Monday 9th September and we'll select and send TEN questions over to him and post up his answers on Monday 16th September.

Davidsupports Sky Sports Living for Sport, the free initiative for schools that uses sports stars and skills to improve the lives of young people across Britain and Ireland. Now in its tenth year the initiative is run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and reaches a third of all secondary schools with 30,000 young people participating every year. You can also catch David in series of football masterclasses on Game Changers on Saturday mornings at 9am on Sky Sports 1HD.

Sky Sports Living for Sports is also supported by ambassadors Gold Medallists, Jessica Ennis CBE, Darren Campbell MBE, Katie Taylor and a team of 74 other world class athlete mentors who use their life-changing stories and expertise to inspire young people to learn new life skills through sport.

How does the initiative work?
Teachers can run the Sky Sports Living for Sport on a stand-alone basis or as part of existing curriculum activities by selecting up to 20 students who they feel need support and submitting a simple project plan in outline. Sky Sports Living for Sport then sends them information packs and t-shirts. Teachers set project goals with their groups including asking them to lead their own sports event, before finally celebrating the group?s achievements. Every school that participates will receive two visits from a professional Athlete Mentor.

To sign up a school visitwww.skysports.com/livingforsport

This Q&A is sponsored by Sky Sports Living For Sport

HeySoulSister Wed 04-Sep-13 16:25:21

oooh this is exciting!!

i'd like to ask David if he thinks its important for parents to be 'sporty' themselves and if he thinks it makes any difference to a child reaching his/hers potential? if so,is there any way parents can become involved,or are there any plans for parent/child/family sports initiatives?

Nerfmother Wed 04-Sep-13 16:37:06

My teen dd would be inspired to play sport if David came to watch. grin

Do you think we need to increase the range of sports offered in most schools. The schools don't tend to be very imaginative, and it's still football (sorry!), rounders, netball, maybe rugby or cricket if they're lucky.

Why can't we encourage more interesting sports - fencing, rowing, clay shooting, etc. Would that encourage more children to be involved in sports?

Hi David,

How do you think inner city schools that dont have much outside space can encourage youngsters to become interested in other sports? Do you feel that athletic/gymnastic clubs should become more involved with the schools? Most PS teachers do not have knowledge to teach sports properly hence them sticking to football/netball etc....

As a former PS teacher I found it very sad when I saw children with what I would percieve as natural talent in running/gymnastics etc and for it not to be picked up or encouraged, as academics take priority.

Its fantastic to see initiatives come into schools, but we need the philosophy of PE to change completely in my opinion. (Hmm maybe through parliament David, you have the ears of those in power grin)

Nerfmother Wed 04-Sep-13 17:08:26

By 'need support' is that going to be creative or do you have criteria? So, are you targeting deprived areas? Or will it be open to anyone with a good enough reason? It sounds great so would be a shame to exclude groups on the basis of inverse snobbery or stereotypes.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 04-Sep-13 19:33:21

is there anything that can link to primary schools? we live in the innercity and there is not a lot of spare cash for sports clubs, although we manage one, and not a lot of space to play sport (who would want to go to dog poo park, as it is known locally, to play?)

buttermellow Wed 04-Sep-13 20:05:16

Does this target children of all abilities? I'm severely dyspraxic and always struggled hugely with sport and PE as a child. It's taken me years to have the confidence to do sports at all (leading to me being obese, unfortunately) and I still prefer to exercise in the privacy of my own front room! It would be good to hear that children of all sporting abilities (no matter how challenging sport may be) are being encouraged and supported through this initiative. I would love to have had childhood experiences of sports that weren't humiliating/downright scary!

TeWiSavesTheDay Thu 05-Sep-13 07:46:31

Hi David,

I read a while who that one of the big things for encouraging children to be active is if there parents are active too. My husband plays basketball for a local team as well as running and cycling.

We are semi-rural and I find it really hard to find clubs I would like to join! Most women's clubs seem to be dance or aerobics based which don't suit me. I'd really like to do something like basketball or football but there are no social women's clubs here.

What do you think can be done to improve access to social (for fun and fitness) sports clubs and set a good example to children that sports are for everyone - not just those who are Olympic standard!

hatsybatsy Thu 05-Sep-13 09:00:33

Right.

A bugbear of mine is that in my kids school, they fix their 'A' and 'B' teams quite early on in year 3. While I'm fine with competitive sport, and was happy during the football season when my son got into the 'B' team, when it came to cricket, he was left out all together. So he (and 3 other boys) had to do lessons whenever all the other boys were playing cricket outside!

I just wondered how you feel a school can get a good balance between competitiveness and inclusiveness - and what I could do now to convince my 8 year old that his sporting career is not yet over!

IsabellaMilborne Thu 05-Sep-13 09:22:10

Hi David,

Do you think that some children are born "sporty", or can parents, teachers and coaches help to develop sportiness in everyone?

Thanks smile

LadyVader Thu 05-Sep-13 09:54:18

Hi David,

With Football generally portrayed in the media as a pretty male-dominated sport (the women's World Cup coverage was good but sparse) what would you say to my dd to inspire her to try it?

Thanks blush

Lizzylou Thu 05-Sep-13 10:03:01

Nerfmother grin (me too!)

I'd like to ask what David thinks about the pushiness of football clubs/parents with children as young as 6/7 to be signed to professional clubs? My eldest is never going to be the next David Beckham wink, or at least is a late blossomer footballwise and we left a local club because of the awful pushiness of the parents and the men who ran it. He now only plays football in the playground and in the back garden, which is a shame. He loves playing, just isn't a star player as of yet.

HopALongOn Thu 05-Sep-13 10:35:13

I would probably feel more inspired to get into sport if David was coaching <ahem> blush

My question would be, do you think we should be promoting sports that are a bit less mainstream? For instance Lacrosse is quite popular here, and I know a couple of friends who would prefer of their children didn't get too focussed on football (because of issues with the lifestyle of professional footballers) and had the opportunity to play different sports, or where encouraged to incorporate sport and fitness into their every day lives (cycling to school, walking trips at weekends etc).

Willemdefoeismine Thu 05-Sep-13 13:14:46

Hi David

As someone non-sporty who quite liked playing badminton as a teenager, I always wonder whether you think that there's a sport for everyone, even we unsporty ones?

If indeed this is the case, then shouldn't there some type of primary school system for assessing potential sporting prowess/aptitude and perhaps guiding parents in the right direction in terms of where they invest their money coaching/club-wise for their child(ren)?

It seems to me that perhaps the reason for the over-representation of privately-educated people in many sports is down to their well-off parents having had the spare cash to enable their children to try out all manner of sports (from a very young age) until they find one (or more) that suits! Sadly not all of us can afford this luxury.

Many thanks

reggiebean Thu 05-Sep-13 13:27:56

Um.... Will you marry me?!

GingerBeerAndTinnedPeaches Thu 05-Sep-13 13:28:07

Hi David

I am all for encouraging children to participate in and enjoy sport as much as possible. What do you think of the current government's attitude to sport for young people (rich and poor)? Local councils have made so many cuts and the Olympics is pretty much forgotten for many people.

Thank you for all you do for sport in the UK in general, you have inspired so many children (and are such a nice person when you meet members of the public) smile

Lavenderhoney Thu 05-Sep-13 16:57:59

There are reports that the government has authorised the selling off of school playing fields ( 50 so far). Sue Campbell of Youth Sport Trust is a non political advisor but doesn't seem to be getting anywhere with stopping this. It seems yet again disadvantaged children will be left out.

What do you think you could achieve by being more vocal and public about this? Would you be prepared to head up something to stop this? They won't get the land back, and I doubt the houses being built on it for families will have more than a tiny garden and certainly no big park.

Surely athletes and clubs could be very influential in stopping it in their area and supporting parents. Would you be prepared to get involved in that and support it with action.

Would you team up with Jamie Oliver, for instance school dinners being healthier plus the opportunity to run about on a playing field taking part in all manner of sport? He has the influence already...

SirRaymondClench Thu 05-Sep-13 17:23:38

Dear David
I have two boys 12 and 14 and would welcome them playing more sport, however we seem to be battling against the X Box more and more.
What can we do (apart from burn the X Box!) to encourage them to take part in more outdoor sports now that the Autumn evenings are about to start and the lure of the X Box becomes greater.
I know we aren't alone in this, other parents I speak to say the same thing.
Thanks!

aristocat Thu 05-Sep-13 17:33:15

Hello David, whilst this is a super project why is it only for Secondary schools?
What about the Primary schools? Is there nothing similar for our younger children. I like the 'mentor' visits, this is inspiring and motivational and surely would help our primary children get more interested from an early age.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 05-Sep-13 18:16:32

When you're away injured from your sport, how do you manage to stay focused and not give up? Any advice?

My daughter is a serious rower, had an injury this time last year, and was out for several months. She got incredibly low and frustrated. It was awful. We were lost too sad

Happily she is back in business, but I'd love to know how to support her better, because it will happen again.

NonnoMum Thu 05-Sep-13 21:05:50

Hello Mr Beckham (I'm v formal, me)

This is my question...

Have you ever played netball? (It's a great game and rather under-rated, I reckon...)

If you ever want a game we play on a Wednesday night...

NonnoMum Thu 05-Sep-13 22:51:54

btw Mrs Beckham could come down too.

I reckon she'd be a mean Wing Attack and you'd be a good Goal Defence...

Hi David,
A group of us are having a meet up 12th Oct...well save you a place!!!

I work in a primary school, I hate football in the playground because it always ends in tears,fights,upset etc....why? What can I do about this? haven't the faintest idea about football get a whistle?

mummyxtwo Fri 06-Sep-13 10:04:01

Hi David smile Please tell your wife that my favourite thing in my wardrobe is a pair of her VB jeans!

Sorry, to the point... My son is not yet 5, loves football and Manchester United, and is quite a skillful little dribbler! We both love football and have encouraged this as we feel that, for a boy in particular, being into sports makes you less likely to get bullied at school or into undesirable behaviour. We live in Wales, where rugby is more celebrated than football, and in a couple of years time contact rugby will become compulsory at school. I'm English and so probably lacking the rugby gene, but I'm not at all keen on the prospect of my sporty but slender son being tackled by boys probably twice his girth. Should we have a say in whether our children have to do the more dangerous sports such as rugby at school, or am I being an overprotective mum? Personally I would opt for him to do football over rugby. I'd be interested to know your thoughts!

D94ccm Fri 06-Sep-13 11:47:07

Regarding the Xbox comment from sirraymond:

If you want to stop your children from playing the Xbox and then play more sport their is something you can do.

Limit the amount of time you let them play the Xbox and then either take them to the park and play some sport with them or take them to a club.

Getting kids involved in sport and off the Xbox is not the sole responsibility of a school or club.

It's called good parenting.

FlyMetotheMoon0 Fri 06-Sep-13 11:53:31

I think we all know the question that needs to be asked here...
Is Mrs Beckham on mumsnet?
I luffs her!

I have only ONE question for David (though it looks like more than one):

How can we inspire non-football mad kids to become as fit and active as football mad children?

It seems to me that football is such a passion, kids who play do so all their free time, and gain massively in terms of fitness stamina and confidence.
The talented kids become good so quickly, it is off putting to those who just likes to dabble a little as they feel so inferior.

How can we encourage the dabblers to get as much joy from it from the dribblers? How can we get coaches to also inspire the less talented and give from their time to these children also?

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Fri 06-Sep-13 12:03:24

Hello David,

I wonder whether the popularity of football in the UK is part of the reason why a lot of boys don't think they're good at sport. My two ds are lucky in that they play football, rugby and cricket but a lot of their friends only play football. This is because that's the sport their dads prefer. Once they get to 11 and haven't been picked up by an academy they think they're rubbish (and they're the ones who felt good enough at football not to give up on it sooner!) This is a shame because football isn't for everyone and there are lots of brilliant sports out there these boys may excel at. Rugby famously has a position suitable for every boy in the classroom and I've seen boys who felt humilated on the football pitch beam with pride when they've scored a brilliant try on the rugby pitch.

I also have quite strong views on premiership academies but I realise I have to limit my questions. All I'll say is that I've seen very young children chewed and spat out by these places, hence I decided against my five year old son taking a place at a premiership club.

In relation to what JustGiveMeFiveMinutes just said, I concur. My oldest son was playing for a local small club for children. It was fiercely competitive, even at such a young age. The coaches were even muttering "I hope no more no-hopers join the club as then we wont win the series, if we are going to let more kids have a go on the field enjoying equal time on the stars will never get enough time on to put those goals in ..." Age 7! That is when I took my son out of the club.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 06-Sep-13 14:14:47

Hello!

I wonder how you think that things can be made 'fairer' for summer born children who are often overlooked for team selection even from a young age as they're often physically smaller than their peers?

I've observed my own august born son being overlooked for matches and then he falls behind as is not off developing rugby skills but rather doing whatever with the children left behind.

This then tends to put him off 'games' as a whole which I feel is a great shame but the downside of a very rugby focused school

thanks!

LegoDragon Fri 06-Sep-13 17:40:10

Oh my God, David Beckham!

DD1 loves you hmm (She's only young, btw!) anyway, she loves football. Really really loves it. She is currently in the state's (we aren't in the UK- although my DDs were born at the same hospital you were and we lived there until a bit ago!) football/soccer team (although where we are, it's less important)team for girls. Where we are it's underrated (the focus is on traditional polar sports due to our area- great as skills are being lost, but not for those who are lost because it's a whole new world!) and she keeps getting diesncouraged- I hate football (sorry!) but she loves doing it and says she does, but she gets days when she just doesn't want to do it anymore because there's nothing to do at home with football. Have you got any fun football games- we do the club practice and go to the state team of course but I'd like to get ideas for fun ideas so that she doesn't feel a bit out of the loop- our remote area means that she is far apart from where most of the other kids live so doesn't get to see them much otherwise.

Retropear Fri 06-Sep-13 18:33:01

2 questions kind of interlinked on a subject I've seen crop up several times on MN.

Do you think schools could do more to inspire children not particularly able at PE and do you think schools put too much emphasis on team sports and not enough on individual sports?Should schools be putting more emphasis on helping and encouraging children to enjoy physical exercise for themselves as part of a life long healthy lifestyle instead of achieving glory as part of a team or during sports day?

As the mother of 3 mini geeky Buttercats who hate PE lessons(actually dire at football,netball etc) but adore cycling,hiking and swimming out of school is there anything we could do to help them enjoy school PE lessons more?

Also having experienced both how does PE provision differ in the US to the UK,do they encourage individual sport and fitness more?

JammyDodger1 Fri 06-Sep-13 20:15:54

dd1 typed a question in but then cancelled saying that football is for boys and not girls,
her question was how do you cope with rejection, what is the point in carrying on doing football when everyone else better than me?

Dadulthood Fri 06-Sep-13 20:32:11

My 5yr old daughter has lots of initial enthusiasm for sports. While I’ll be doing everything I can to encourage her, kids like to fit in with their friends and the more female role models there are, the more likely it is that her and her classmates will all continue to participate...
That relies on not only the existence of inspirational female athletes, but also on there being significant media & advertising coverage of them. As someone on the inside of sport, with vast experience of sponsorship deals and close to the media, it would be great to hear from David on whether there’s any realistic chance of women’s sport getting more coverage in the coming years and whether media/sponsorship attention is ever likely to be significant for exceptional female athletes who don’t also happen to have film-star looks.

[In August Lara Prior-Palmer become the first Briton, first female and youngest person ever to win the world's longest horse race (1000km Mongol Derby, raced on semi-wild horses … it’s like something out of The Hunger Games). An incredible achievement, but didn’t register much in the UK media… I’m pretty sure there would have been more coverage if she looked like Jess Ennis or Victoria Pendleton!]

bagism Fri 06-Sep-13 20:34:23

Hello David Beckham.
My question to you is, how do you get a group of boys aged 6+ to pass the football to my daughter(aged 7) when they're doing 5 aside at school. She's keen to play football(her cousin plays for the girls team in macclesfield so very inspired by her).
They just do not pass the ball! It seems like a shame when she's so good at aiming a ball where it needs to go.(i'm sure there's more to it than than aiming a ball but i'm not sure how to help)!

stiffstink Fri 06-Sep-13 22:46:54

I'm really interested in this webchat because I want to encourage sporting interests but football no longer suggests a sense of "fair play" to me. This might be because you'd expect name calling, spitting and biting in frustrated three year olds, not millionaires.

Do you think that football being seen as a high paying career/celebrity status has been to the detriment of football playing as a source of personal/national pride in the role?

NannyKaren Fri 06-Sep-13 22:48:13

Oh my goodness, to actually think THE David Beckham may be reading this!!!

My question to you David is:

Having read the summary above written by RachelMumsNet(MNHQ), it states the Sky Sports Living for Sports reaches a third of all secondary schools but what about the other two thirds?

David, with so many impressionable young people, have eg. The Premiership, or the other Divisions, every thought of linking profession footballers to local schools? They could attend the occasional PE lesson, school sports day etc. (surely they earn enough to warrant giving something back to the community)?

It is, unfortunately, the lucky few who are able to get involved at a more indept level of competitive sport.
Having felt 'bathed' in sport last summer with the Olympics, and absolutely loving it, I feel the schools require more then the two Athlete Mentor visits which the initiative provides and hence more should be done by our local clubs.

Sorry David, I feel passionate about this.
(My youngest DS was fortunate enough to attend the DB Academy twice when he was younger and on one occasion also won a trophy... He still talks about his time there with great pride)....Thank you xXx

Pizzahutlover Fri 06-Sep-13 22:53:59

My question to you is what do you and your wife like doing as a family with kids naturally and whats your and your wifes favorite food. I like eating as healthy as possible ignore user name smile but interested to know what your family enjoy and what you all like eating etc. Noticed noone on here has asked any questions about anything that interests you other then football and cant really mention school as my child just started not really football fan but loved pe at school anyway thank you for taking time out to read it and will be interested in your response. Have to say the other poster that said will you marry me was very funny. He is already married but sure he hears that all the time anyway nothing new anyway thanks

HappyZJJ Fri 06-Sep-13 22:55:42

Hey David,

My son(s) admire you like many. But my question is my son Jensen has only been training in football for 3 months and has passed trials for Reading FC aged 6. Whilst this is lovely what you recommend for him to continue in his success as I don't want him being led into disappointment after being built up so much already by coaches who have watched him? Bristol City want to look at him too now should we stick with Reading? Also, can my sons meet you lol?

Arachnophobic Sat 07-Sep-13 00:12:19

Hi David, my son is 5 and has been going to gymnastics since he was walking, he has just been selected to train with what they call at the club the "elite squad" with a view to competing when he is 8. At the moment they want him to train 5 hours a week though at this age I think half that is enough, what's your view, and how do I balance encouraging him without being too pushy?

aibuaiwo Sat 07-Sep-13 08:06:54

Hallo David, I am a 11 year year old, madly keen football player based with my family in Beijing. I know you often come to China now you are the Chinese Soccer Ambassador - next time you come to China, would you come and see our girls' team play and give us some advice and coaching to improve our game? Our whole team would love to meet you. Aimei

CoolStoryBro Sat 07-Sep-13 14:36:30

Hello David! Whenever you are papped watching your kids play sport, you always look as if you're really enjoying it. How do you do that?!! I'm typing this from the side of an (American) football field watching my boys play and....I'm bored senseless.

Do you fake it or am I just a terrible parent?!!! grin

Retropear Sat 07-Sep-13 15:30:15

Cool grin

Tis particularly scintillating if your kid spends the whole time on the bench.sad

< I send dp>

bountyicecream Sat 07-Sep-13 17:24:15

I would like to know if you exercise as a family much? I'm a firm believer that exercise needs to be a part of your way of life rather than something you do once a week with a sports club.

Do you encourage your children to be generally active? Is it difficult when (presumably) they are unable to have free play down the park, with their friends, riding bikes etc due to the paparazzi?

HormonalHousewife Sat 07-Sep-13 18:07:32

Hi David,

I volunteer each week with riding for the disabled and the kids all enjoy their sessions.

Riding is a fantastic way for children to develop muscles that may not be 'useable' in their day to day life, it strengthens core body strength as well as giving the child a sense of achievement.

You are a household name and your fans around the world love you. How do you feel you manage to inspire and nurture new talent and do you have any tips on how a 40 something old could bring a bit of your enthusiasm into my sport riding ?

Thanks

MiaSparrow Sat 07-Sep-13 22:52:20

Hello David

I remember being humiliated in school when they made the girls play the boys at football having never had a lesson. (The boys had to play netball, but they completely ignored the rules and just shot hoops instead hmm).

How have things changed for girls? And will little Harper be getting a pair of football boots any time soon?

TheMancunianWay Sun 08-Sep-13 09:42:57

Hi David,

Most of my questions about sport have already been asked so my questions are a little off topic...

I'm very excited that you've opened a restaurant with Gordon Ramsey, I've heard that you enjoy to cook at home whenever you can - what's your favourite meal to cook for your family and why?

Also if I can sneak another question in grin I'm not sure if anyone has already asked this and you probably don't even eat biscuits but if you had to choose, what's your favourite biscuit?

Thank you thanks

Blondeorbrunette Sun 08-Sep-13 15:46:34

Is your biggest achievement on or off the pitch, and if so, what is it?

SameAsYou Sun 08-Sep-13 17:28:05

I agree with a poster up above, our school is very sporty - the typical chat in the playground is that 'oh you're not in favour if your not in the A or B team'! I feel these are decided early on in their younger years at school. My son would always have been in the C team (if there was one). Its unfair and what can we do?

In past years he has not been so natural until very recently he has developed a love of football and has been appointed as GoalKeeper for his local club (apparently showing promise - not sure why it has all of a sudden just shown!) I know you are not a GoalKeeper but any ideas on why it may have just shown itself?

I would welcome any inspirational tips/quotes for him, that you may have had in conversation with any Goalies in your career. He is very nearly 8 years old.

PS - I share the same birthday as Brooklyn!

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sun 08-Sep-13 17:35:57

Hello David!

Your sons all seem to be on the sporty side. What games or sports does Harper enjoy?

Thanks!

RevoltedMum Mon 09-Sep-13 11:05:24

David,

A paediatrician used you and Andy Murray as examples of hypermobile sportsmen, he had even observed your penmanship.

Are you indeed hypermobile?

Have you got any of the hypermobile syndromes that appear to be mild in males? hypermobility.org/ ehlers-danlos.org/

anotetofollowso Mon 09-Sep-13 11:30:10

Dear Mr Beckham (sorry, but 'David' feels absurd!),

My nine year old son is passionate about sport - especially football - and talented at many of them. But winning is everything to him and I worry that his sports talent is playing into a lack of genuine self-esteem. How do you encourage a love for sport while at the same time discouraging fierce competitiveness ? Do the two have to go hand-in-hand, or is it possible to raise a good athlete who doesn't always need to win?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Sep-13 12:11:28

The Q&A is now closed. We'll be selecting ten Qs to send over to Goldenballs Mr Beckham later today and then post up his answers next Monday (16 September). Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.

Would you like me to deliver the questions is person Rachel? <helpful>

Not sure you should trust the post.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 11-Sep-13 11:33:58

OneStepCloser

Would you like me to deliver the questions is person Rachel? <helpful>

Not sure you should trust the post.

Oh yes, I went along to Beckingham Towers yesterday and was invited in for tea to talk through the answers with Dave (I wish wink) They have been sent over though so it's a nice thought that DB may be mulling over an answer to your question at this very moment smile

Shame sad grin

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Sep-13 16:53:34

Hi all, sorry for the delay. David has the questions and we've been told we’ll get his answers back in the next day or so. We'll keep you posted.

I could go and pick them up? <ever hopeful grin>

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 24-Sep-13 17:45:57

Hi there -we just wanted to keep you updated on the Becks Q&A. We've had it confirmed that David has the questions and will be answering them whilst he is in Asia, so we should have them back and they'll be published soon'. Guess we can forgive him as he's at the other side of the world wink We'll keep you posted.

mummyxtwo Sun 29-Sep-13 20:32:20

I misread that and thought you said he would be answering them whilst he was in Asda. Took me by surprise!

mummyxtwo Mon 07-Oct-13 22:40:59

Errr.... any sign of those answers, David?

HeatherMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Oct-13 15:08:22

Finally we have the answers from David Beckham, who apologises for the delay in getting these back to us.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:12:36

HeySoulSister

oooh this is exciting!!

i'd like to ask David if he thinks its important for parents to be 'sporty' themselves and if he thinks it makes any difference to a child reaching his/hers potential? if so,is there any way parents can become involved,or are there any plans for parent/child/family sports initiatives?

Hi, that’s a good question. My own personal belief is that you don’t have to be sporty for your children to go on to achieve their potential in sport. I’ve known many parents that aren’t that way inclined but their kids were amazing at sport.I think what helps is that you support and show encouragement to your children if they want to play sport. I’m a big believer in children being more active. There are too many competing distractions for children so it’s not easy. I think the Olympics helped immensely in inspiring everyone to take up sport.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:14:08

Lizzylou

Nerfmother grin (me too!)

I'd like to ask what David thinks about the pushiness of football clubs/parents with children as young as 6/7 to be signed to professional clubs? My eldest is never going to be the next David Beckham wink, or at least is a late blossomer footballwise and we left a local club because of the awful pushiness of the parents and the men who ran it. He now only plays football in the playground and in the back garden, which is a shame. He loves playing, just isn't a star player as of yet.

I think the most important thing for any child is to enjoy playing the game above anything else. I can't comment on this particular situation as I’m not there but I have always said playing the game should always be about having fun. Then if you’re good, the key is to still enjoy it but to work hard, practise and receive the right guidance.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:19:38

worldgonecrazy

Do you think we need to increase the range of sports offered in most schools. The schools don't tend to be very imaginative, and it's still football (sorry!), rounders, netball, maybe rugby or cricket if they're lucky.

Why can't we encourage more interesting sports - fencing, rowing, clay shooting, etc. Would that encourage more children to be involved in sports?

I’m all for playing sports. My kids play a number of sports both in and outside of school. I think the issue for some schools may be the resources they have available to do those sports so that’s why they may focus on the more popular and cost-effective ones.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:21:31

SirRaymondClench

Dear David
I have two boys 12 and 14 and would welcome them playing more sport, however we seem to be battling against the X Box more and more.
What can we do (apart from burn the X Box!) to encourage them to take part in more outdoor sports now that the Autumn evenings are about to start and the lure of the X Box becomes greater.
I know we aren't alone in this, other parents I speak to say the same thing.
Thanks!

I know this is a challenge for many parents and it’s something I have always said. I think many elements play a part in encouraging children to play sport: good PE teachers, after school clubs, friends, inspiring role models, proper facilities and so on. I think the Olympics played a significant part, as well as I know many people were inspired. I would see what local clubs are in your area and see if there is a possibility of having your children to participate there.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:22:27

RatherBeOnThePiste

When you're away injured from your sport, how do you manage to stay focused and not give up? Any advice?

My daughter is a serious rower, had an injury this time last year, and was out for several months. She got incredibly low and frustrated. It was awful. We were lost too sad

Happily she is back in business, but I'd love to know how to support her better, because it will happen again.

It’s always important to set goals and milestones to reach. I was lucky to not have too many injuries in my career but when I did, I always had an objective or end game in mind when I was training. It’s important to have supportive and optimistic people around you as well which you sound like you are!

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:23:24

bountyicecream

I would like to know if you exercise as a family much? I'm a firm believer that exercise needs to be a part of your way of life rather than something you do once a week with a sports club.

Do you encourage your children to be generally active? Is it difficult when (presumably) they are unable to have free play down the park, with their friends, riding bikes etc due to the paparazzi?

I have always tried to live a normal life and do normal things with my family. My kids love to be active and I have always encouraged that without being pushing them. In LA we went hiking and bike riding a lot as a family. I think it's great to do that together.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:25:03

anotetofollowso

Dear Mr Beckham (sorry, but 'David' feels absurd!),

My nine year old son is passionate about sport - especially football - and talented at many of them. But winning is everything to him and I worry that his sports talent is playing into a lack of genuine self-esteem. How do you encourage a love for sport while at the same time discouraging fierce competitiveness ? Do the two have to go hand-in-hand, or is it possible to raise a good athlete who doesn't always need to win?

There is nothing wrong with wanting to win but I have also had to learn how to lose as well. The most important thing is whether you have given your best for you and your team mates, then you can always walk away with your head held high. It’s good that your son wants to be the best but he will also learn soon enough that you can’t win all the time. Sometimes that is something a person needs to learn for themselves as they grow up.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:26:14

TheMancunianWay

Hi David,

Most of my questions about sport have already been asked so my questions are a little off topic...

I'm very excited that you've opened a restaurant with Gordon Ramsey, I've heard that you enjoy to cook at home whenever you can - what's your favourite meal to cook for your family and why?

Also if I can sneak another question in grin I'm not sure if anyone has already asked this and you probably don't even eat biscuits but if you had to choose, what's your favourite biscuit?

Thank you thanks

Contrary to what has been written, I’m not an owner of a restaurant. I’m friends with Gordon so we chat about many things including his new restaurant ventures. I've seen it and I'm sure it will be a success.

In terms of a biscuit, I love to keep it simple, a Rich Tea for me.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:26:49

Blondeorbrunette

Is your biggest achievement on or off the pitch, and if so, what is it?

My biggest achievement is my family, no question. On the pitch there were quite a few but the Treble was special as was captaining my country.

DavidBeckham Mon 21-Oct-13 15:27:28

FlyMetotheMoon0

I think we all know the question that needs to be asked here...
Is Mrs Beckham on mumsnet?
I luffs her!

That’s a good question. I don’t know, I will ask her!

HeatherMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-Oct-13 16:46:50

We've been asked by Sky Sports Living For Sport team to post up the following answers specifically about the initiative.

SkySportsteam Tue 22-Oct-13 17:00:21

Nerfmother

By 'need support' is that going to be creative or do you have criteria? So, are you targeting deprived areas? Or will it be open to anyone with a good enough reason? It sounds great so would be a shame to exclude groups on the basis of inverse snobbery or stereotypes.

We believe all young people can learn and develop from the experience of taking part in sport. The initiative used to target disengaged students but based on feedback from teachers, we have made it flexible so they can tailor it to suit their students.

Now any student at any school can take part as long as they use it to achieve a goal they have agreed between themselves and their teacher. This could cover improving attendance or behaviour, but their goal could just as well to be to increase their confidence, get them more engaged with sport or help them work better as a team.

To read a case study about a young student who gained confidence against the odds, click here

SkySportsteam Tue 22-Oct-13 17:02:06

BlackeyedSusan

is there anything that can link to primary schools? we live in the innercity and there is not a lot of spare cash for sports clubs, although we manage one, and not a lot of space to play sport (who would want to go to dog poo park, as it is known locally, to play?)

Unfortunately Sky Sports Living for Sport only support secondary schools directly at the moment but as part of the initiative we encourage students to mentor or coach younger children, or to put on events for local primary schools if appropriate.

One of our favourite facts about Sky Sports Living for Sport is that 38% of students taking part in Sky Sports Living for Sport go on to mentor a younger person.

To read how a group of students helped local primary schools children make a better move up to secondary school, click here

SkySportsteam Tue 22-Oct-13 17:04:14

buttermellow

Does this target children of all abilities? I'm severely dyspraxic and always struggled hugely with sport and PE as a child. It's taken me years to have the confidence to do sports at all (leading to me being obese, unfortunately) and I still prefer to exercise in the privacy of my own front room! It would be good to hear that children of all sporting abilities (no matter how challenging sport may be) are being encouraged and supported through this initiative. I would love to have had childhood experiences of sports that weren't humiliating/downright scary!

Sky Sports Living for Sport’s primary aim is to use sport to teach the life skills that all children, regardless of ability or experience, can benefit from. In fact many teachers use the initiative to engage children who currently think they aren’t good at sport, or those who haven’t previously enjoyed it. Our Athlete Mentors may be elite sportsmen and women but they make sure they use their stories, with all their successes and their set-backs, in a way that children can relate to their own lives, both sporting and otherwise.
Click the link to find out about Lindsay, who never expected to love sport: livingforsport.skysports.com/whats-our-goal/case-studies/lindsay-mcglone-

SkySportsteam Tue 22-Oct-13 17:06:30

NannyKaren

Oh my goodness, to actually think THE David Beckham may be reading this!!!

My question to you David is:

Having read the summary above written by RachelMumsNet(MNHQ), it states the Sky Sports Living for Sports reaches a third of all secondary schools but what about the other two thirds?

David, with so many impressionable young people, have eg. The Premiership, or the other Divisions, every thought of linking profession footballers to local schools? They could attend the occasional PE lesson, school sports day etc. (surely they earn enough to warrant giving something back to the community)?

It is, unfortunately, the lucky few who are able to get involved at a more indept level of competitive sport.
Having felt 'bathed' in sport last summer with the Olympics, and absolutely loving it, I feel the schools require more then the two Athlete Mentor visits which the initiative provides and hence more should be done by our local clubs.

Sorry David, I feel passionate about this.
(My youngest DS was fortunate enough to attend the DB Academy twice when he was younger and on one occasion also won a trophy... He still talks about his time there with great pride)....Thank you xXx

Even though Sky Sports Living for Sport is free to schools and very flexible, we know there are a lot of demands on teacher's time. We wouldn't expect every school to take part, but we do want to reach as many schools as we can.

We're proud to have reached one third of secondary schools in the UK and provided nearly 3,000 visits to schools by our fully trained Athlete Mentors.

This is double the number of schools we aimed for in the previous year, and means that last year alone we reached over 30,000 students.

But any school can apply to take part, and if you think your local school should get involved follow this link: https://livingforsport.skysports.com/user/nominate/ to nominate them for the initiative

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