Students from Yrs 7, 8 and 9 spent a morning recently learning tricks on skateboards and scooters, after listening to an inspirational and motivational talk by Neil Danns, through the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.
Talking about his role as Athlete Mentor Neil commented: “My main aim as Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sport is to share with the students the ways in which I set goals, motivate myself and the experiences I have had travelling the world and competing in my sport. I think it is also important to share the setbacks and the sacrifices I had to make to pursue my sport as life isn’t always easy and I think a lot of the students today will identify with that.”
The Sky Sports Living for Sport programme sends Athlete Mentors into schools to teach students about the Six Keys to Success. These are the top six life-skills athletes identified as enabling them to achieve success in sport.
- Mental toughness
- Hunger to achieve
- People skills
- Sports and life knowledge
- Breaking barriers
- Planning for success
Growing up, Neil Danns represented his county as a footballer, but it was skateboarding that led to him becoming a top athlete. After achieving European & British Championships, he retired in 2005 and today runs Team Extreme, the UK’s only professional BMX team, alongside fellow Sky Sports Athlete Mentor Mike Mullen.