“Everyone’s older than me, everyone’s bigger than me!” A distressed young player is struggling to cope with the demands of an Easter rugby course at the famous Sedbergh School.
Step forward a young team-mate to deliver one of the most inspiring motivational talks you will ever hear. Despite only knowing each other for two days, the young man took it upon himself to reassure his mate who didn’t think he was up to standard at the Easter Camp.
The coach was already consoling the upset boy when his friend intervened, put both arms on his shoulders, and reminded him just how much of a good player he really is.
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“Listen to me. Trust me. Look at me, Bob. I’m not the shortest kid here, it doesn’t matter if you’re short, if you’re young. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall, or if you are fat here, “he said.
“You’re a brilliant rugby player. Do you understand that? You’re insane! You’re actually insane for your age. Right, give me a hug.”
You can watch the clip here.
The boy welcomed the warm embrace and had completely calmed down after a true act of kindness.
He is walked back towards the action by his friend, who still keeps his arm around him, telling him just how good he really is. The coach who has been consoling him, simply says, “Best team-mate ever.”
There has been a huge reaction to the clip, with people across the world completely bowled over by the young lad’s maturity and decency. Many have been left in tears watching, and even the All Blacks have shown their respect, commenting: “That is the spirit of rugby.”
“This kid is a born leader. Wow.” said one person.
“Astonishing awareness and maturity. This lad is destined for greatness.” said another.
“I have watched this so many times and cannot get over how confident and articulate this boy is. How at his age does he know exactly the right words to say? I wish I had even half his motivational skill. Incredible. I’d have him as my captain any day, “added another.
To show such an level of kindness and leadership at a young age is indeed something to behold.
In just a 30 second clip, we can see what rugby is capable of facilitating, forever bringing people together.