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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-Sep-15 11:26:21

UPDATE on 22nd October: We're now offering MNers the chance to ask their confidence related questions to former football superstar Thierry Henry. Thierry is hosting a Sky Sports Living For Sport day on Tuesday 27th October. Post your questions for Thierry here before midnight on Monday 26th October. We will then post a link to his answers in November.


Davina McCall, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE and Thierry Henry are supporting Sky Academy - a set of initiatives run by Sky that use the power of TV, creativity and sport to help young people unlock their potential.

Sky Academy has recently launched a Confidence Month in a bid to highlight the importance of confidence in young people's development. As part of the campaign, Sky is showcasing its five Sky Academy initiatives which each aim to build practical skills, experience and confidence, with the aim of helping one million young people by 2020.

To celebrate Sky Academy's Confidence Month, we're offering MNers a chance to post questions for Davina and Jessica, themed around confidence, whether that's confidence in your DC's life or confidence issues Davina and Jessica may have faced in their careers. You have until midnight this Wednesday 30th September to post your questions for Davina and until midnight Tuesday 20th October, see below for further details.

The initiatives - Sky Sports Living for Sport, Sky Academy Skills Studios, Sky Academy Careers Lab, Sky Academy Starting Out and Sky Academy Scholarships - harness Sky's strengths in media and technology, as well as the passion and expertise of its well-known faces and people.

- Sky Sports Living for Sport is made up of multi-week and one-day sports projects with schools throughout the UK and Ireland. Founded on the belief that sport has the power to transform young people's lives, the initiative aims to help young people build practical skills and self-confidence.
- Sky Academy Skills Studios is an interactive learning experience giving eight to 18-year-olds the chance to use the latest broadcast technology to make a TV report on subjects they are studying at school. It combines a behind-the-scenes tour at Sky's offices with a hands-on experience of its purpose-built studios where the students write, produce and direct their own short news bulletin.
- Sky Academy Careers Lab is a full-day careers experience giving 16 to 19 year-olds the chance to take part in practical workplace challenges and learn about careers in media, business and technology.
- Sky Academy Starting Out opens up Sky to young people, offering experience and employment opportunities to help them prepare for the world of work.
- Sky Academy Scholarships is a bursary scheme that supports some of the most exciting emerging talent in the worlds of sport and the arts. As well as financial backing, the scholarships provide assistance and mentoring from Sky's staff and other experts.

For more information on Sky Academy, visit or follow Sky Academy on Twitter @SkyAcademy

Davina will be attending Sky Academy Careers Lab on Thursday 1st October and Jessica will be hosting a Sky Academy Confidence Day on Thursday 22nd October. Post your questions to Davina here before midnight on Wednesday 30th September and Jessica before midnight on Tuesday 20th October and we will send 20 questions for them to respond to. We will then post a link to Davina's responses back on the thread on 19th October and a link to Jessica's answers on 9th November.

Everyone who adds a question (regardless of whether it's answered or not) will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £250 Love2Shop voucher.

This Q&A is sponsored by Sky.


EasterRobin Thu 15-Oct-15 22:43:47

Should I really encourage my child to believe she can be "the best" at something she is competing in?

SuzCG Fri 16-Oct-15 10:04:06

My kids enjoy taking part in sports at school but both know they are not up there with the sporting best (they're never on the A team shall we say). Everything these days seems to be league tabled and measured - which sometimes makes them feel a bit lacking. How can I help my children to continue to do their best and be happy with their own performances and improvements? It doesn't seem to matter how many times I tell them they are good at other lessons & subjects - it's always the sporting achievements that get the glory, not maths & spelling tests!

TheJawsThatBite Fri 16-Oct-15 11:09:07

I would ask both: Do you think self-confidence, and the belief that you can achieve what you set out to do, is the key to your success? Is it possible to succeed in life without self-belief?

moneypenny66 Tue 20-Oct-15 19:42:29

What can you do to stop girls thinking they are inferior to boys? My 6 year old niece keeps saying things like, ' I'm no good at that because I'm a girl'. I don't know where it's coming probably, but it seems such a shame for her to feel like that at such a young age.

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 21-Oct-15 10:53:30

Thank you for all your questions so far!

We will be posting the link to Davina's answers soon smile

popperdoodles Thu 22-Oct-15 14:21:55

I would like to ask about the way football managers speak to their teams. My 3 sons aged between 9 and 16 all play for local teams and the manager's shout and yell, call them lazy etc and I often think is this really the way to get the best out of children? I mean if you tell them they are rubbish enough times they will believe they are rubbish won't they? Do you think buckets of confidence boosting praise would get better results?

choccyp1g Thu 22-Oct-15 18:50:31

What do you think about "late starters" initiatives?
It seems to me that unless you start very young and shine there is no way in to getting reasonably good at a sport later on. My DS for example was small for his age but was invited to tennis academy, because he was very good in the after school club. As soon as the coach realised he was 2 years older than they assumed, and therefore could not win aged tournaments, he was more or less shunned, and totally lost his confidence.

derxa Thu 22-Oct-15 20:19:14

Thierry. How can British school children improve their football skills?

They're lagging behind.

derxa Thu 22-Oct-15 20:25:31

By the way I was a primary school teacher and PE Leader. I did football training etc. If I didn't coordinate it no one would have and when I left it fell to pieces. It breaks my heart.

Theimpossiblegirl Thu 22-Oct-15 20:49:41

What would you say to a child that thought they just weren't good enough? How can we boost their confidence so they will try new things?

CopperPan Thu 22-Oct-15 22:01:25

I'd like to ask how children can manage the commitment of a competitive sport when they're young, when so many of their friends will be out socialising or just relaxing while they're having to do long hours of training and competitions? I find it's especially hard during the teenage years.

GloriaHotcakes Thu 22-Oct-15 22:33:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Obs2015 Fri 23-Oct-15 07:19:12

Agree with previous poster - the competitiveness at such a young age is a concern. The local football teams at aged 5 are so competitive that only the best survive. My son was asked to leave and thus wasn't able to even train with all his mates. He sobbed.

Just starting secondary, he joined the debating society. I know this isn't sport related, but the improvement in his confidence is phenomenal.

EasterRobin Sat 24-Oct-15 14:53:54

Thierry, are there any differences we can learn from in the French approach to building confidence in children (or adults)?

WhataRacquet Sun 25-Oct-15 13:55:24

I want to ask Thierry how he had the confidence to pretend he didn't handball and knock Ireland out of the World Cup in 2010?? shamrock

ItStillLooksLikeRainDear Mon 26-Oct-15 00:09:33

Is there a defining moment in your childhood that gave you the drive to succeed?

VaseandCandle Mon 26-Oct-15 13:29:38

For Thierry - My son is only 2, but I believe that the way for him to excel in sport in the future is to experience losing and to not be afraid of it. It will make him bolder and braver to take risks. But losing is hard - what tips or experience can you give about dealing with losing?

DartmoorDoughnut Mon 26-Oct-15 13:32:46

How would you advise instilling confidence in DC without installing arrogance?

Lovewhereilive Tue 27-Oct-15 22:52:09

How do you give confidence to naturally shy children?

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