Peacock and Beckham inspire School Games athletes

by Youth Sport Trust

Young athletes heading to the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games were today given an extra boost before the competition - a special motivational talk from David Beckham and Jonnie Peacock. 

Speaking at the Museum of London as part of Sainsbury’s ‘Show your Support’ campaign, Beckham and Peacock shared their experiences with a select group of young athletes who have been earmarked for future success.

The young athletes at the talk included Megan Wood (Wheelchair Basketball), Sabrina Sinha (Athletics), Samodani Wijetunge (Badminton), Lilie Lamacraft (Hockey), Nathan Fullerton (Volleyball), Georgina Boyle (Swimming) and Emma Uren (Rugby Sevens). Against the inspirational backdrop of the iconic London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron at the Museum of London, these future stars heard advice on achieving individual goals, managing pressure and success, and the importance of resilience.

David and Jonnie had first met in 2000, when Jonnie was just seven years old. A keen football fan, Jonnie credits this meeting with his hero as a key moment on his path to sporting success. Just nine years later, Jonnie found glory at the School Games, going on to win consecutive gold medals at London 2012 and the IPC World and European Championships.

The young athletes at the talk will now carry this same inspiration to the 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester along with1,600 budding sports stars aged 11-17. The Sainsbury’s School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, has enabled thousands of school children to participate in competitive sport. The multi-sport event runs from 4-7 September and will see the nation’s elite young sports people compete at venues across Manchester in twelve disciplines including a full athletics programme, swimming, badminton and wheelchair basketball.

Jonnie Peacock, Paralympic World Champion explains: “It has been great to share my experiences with the young athletes today and seeing the Olympic cauldron for the first time since the London 2012 opening ceremony gave me goosebumps and brought back a flood of amazing memories. I hope the support and encouragement we have given them will help them succeed at the Sainsbury’s School Games and onwards in their sporting careers.”

Sainsbury’s Active Kids ambassador, David Beckham, added: “It’s been great seeing Jonnie again after all these years, after everything he’s achieved since we first met. I hope today has inspired the next generation of sports stars and good luck to everyone heading to Manchester for the Sainsbury’s School Games. Jonnie and I would love to see the nation come together and show support for all of those taking part in the Games by tweeting #2014SSG.”