David Beckham and Jessica Ennis-Hill to present the winners of this year’s Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards live on Game Changers. Show to be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky 1 HD.
Sky Sports today announced that global sporting icon David Beckham and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will star in a Game Changers Special to celebrate the achievements of the young people and teachers involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport. This one-off episode will be broadcast live simultaneously on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky 1 HD on 20 May 2014 at 4.30pm.
The Awards special will be presented by Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell and Sky Sports’ Di Dougherty in front of a live studio audience of young people. In their roles as Sky ambassadors, David and Jessica have taken part in judging for the awards and will present them on the show.
The Awards recognise the efforts of students and teachers that are involved in Sky Sports Living for Sport, a free national schools-based initiative which uses sports stars and sports skills to help build young people’s confidence and life skills. Now in its 11th year, the initiative works in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, teachers and a dedicated team of athlete mentors to improve the lives of thousands of young people. Over 50,000 students from one third of British secondary schools participate each year.
Speaking about being involved in this Game Changers Special, David Beckham said: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to help shine a light on achievements of secondary schools that are using Sky Sports Living for Sport to change lives and instil self-belief in their students.
“I think it’s important that young people are given the opportunities to have new experiences and develop life skills. When I was young, my opportunity came on a football field. It was there I learned discipline and to have confidence to be part of a team. I was given encouragement, people believed that I could succeed and that gave me the confidence to follow my dreams.”
Jessica Ennis-Hill added: “I’ve seen for myself how much of an impact Sky Sports Living for Sport is having across the UK. It’s incredible to watch how young people’s’ attitudes can change as a result and how belief in themselves and their abilities can be transformed. I can’t wait to meet each of the finalists and see who this year’s overall winners are.”
Game Changers Special airs on Sky Sports 1 HD and Sky 1 HD on 20 May at 4.30pm. Viewers who are out and about can watch Game Changers on the move, on mobile and tablet devices via Sky Go; and kids who are out playing sport can catch up with the show on demand.