He felt he had had a great training session, which included scoring a try in a tag rugby game, so he was ultra confident he was in for a shot for the player of the week trophy - something he has been working for since September.
Then his buddy got it.
His buddy from school who had only been going for a couple of weeks.
And that hit the boy hard.
The bottom lip wobbled and the self doubt started,
"I'm rubbish Mum. I'm never going to get the trophy."
These were hard words to hear. He has come on such a long way since starting rugby and still has dreams of playing for England, although we have said he should have a back up plan just in case that doesn't happen, but self doubt comes so quickly to him. We talk all the time about not giving up, showing resilience, demonstrating commitment and embracing the enjoyment that the game is bringing him.
My boy has grown in confidence immensely this academic year, alongside his move into KS2, and a super positive Parent's Evening on the Monday really boosted his confidence with his teachers telling him he has progressed fantastically well at school academically and that his confidence was starting to grow too. Confidence has been an issue for a long time in a lot of things but the balance was starting to shift.
So onto this week. Yesterday was another training session with a lot of paired work on tackling and supporting each other with passing drills. Throughout their training the children are always reminded of the five core values; teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship, and this week the boy was held up as an example of someone who is always following them.
And he got that trophy!
Especially when he gave me the KitKat from the coaches for Mother's Day and said,
"Have a break Mum!"
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