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Lowdown on boosting your confidence
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Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes play with great confidence
Two players who have every reason to be confident
BBC Sport Academy lets you into the secrets behind every confident sports star.


Self-confidence is a key part of being a successful athlete.

It reflects what you think about yourself and your self worth.

Sport can help to improve this.

If you enjoy sport and really get into it, setting goals and achieving them will improve your self-confidence and your performance too.

Self-confidence allows you to take risks. When you have enough confidence in yourself to know that if things do go wrong, you can put them right, you can take it that bit further.

If you don't enjoy your sport this won't help your confidence one little bit!

So think about it before you kick, lob or bowl that next ball and do your confidence a favour.


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