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David Beckham Academy & the Man behind It

Updated on July 16, 2010

The David Beckham Academy was launched in 2005. Its the largest sporting facility of its kind in Europe and was set up to help young athletes (8 – 15 years), build up their skills and learn how to live a healthy life amongst other things.

The Academy also runs a very successful Schools Programme that includes a training day linked with Key Stage 2 and 3 learning. So far over 30,000 children have taken part in this for free.

The David Beckham Academy, Greenwich UK

The O2 - Millenium Dome, Greenwich, UK

The Academy is in Greenwich London. (pronounced Grenich) It’s in a perfect Tourist location, situated just next to the O2 where Michael Jackson was going to have his concerts this year. Its not far from where I live – I tend to visit the O2 a lot. There is also another Academy in Los Angeles, America. (The Academy in UK is just next to North Greenwich Underground Station. Parking is also available).

So, if you want your son to be the next Ronaldo, register him below.

Register UK

Register US

** This Hub was originally written in Oct 2009.  In May 2010, I found out that the Register links above are no longer working as the website is undergoing changes. It gives the message below. I will update the links as soon as David Beckham's site is up and running again. Thanks.

Website Message - May 2010

David and Wife advertising Armani Underwear 2009

Some Facts about David Beckham

  • David is 34 and hubby to Victoria Beckham. aka Posh who was in the very famous Spice Girls band. Her nick name in the band was Posh Spice. They got hitched in 1999 and have 3 sons.
  • He started his football career in 1992 with MANU – Manchester United and by 2004, he was the world’s highest paid footballer. He has captained England 59 times. (May I add, I supported MANU football team until he left).

One of David's many Hairstyles

  • The Beckhams most famous home in Hertfordshire, UK is called Beckingham Palace but they now live in Beverly Hills, California – when David got a transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
  • David Beckham is a fashion icon and Sex Symbol. He used to change his hair every so often - the Mohichan, the skin head, the corn rows, pony tails etc. Even I couldn’t keep up with his trendy hair styles. He also appears in lots of adverts, which include Ads for Addidas, pepsi, Armani, Motorola bluetooth headset, his own branded perfume and many more.


Me, sitting by the fountains outside the Academy - 2009

  • David does a lot of Charitable work which includes supporting UNICEF, Unite for Children, Unite against AIDs Campaign etc.

I admire the fact that his marriage has stayed strong even though Rebecca Loo (His ex Personal Assistant) nearly split it up with an allegation that she had an affair with him. I wish David and Victoria good luck for the future - not that they need it....


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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Still running, Faisal...

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks MickS - I hope the Academies catch the eyes of Premiership managers too. The old players are getting too big for their boots. (taking their petty misunderstandings to the worldcup final, while representing the Nation). Most of them need to be replaced by new Talent.

      David Beckham is such a remarkable sports man. Thanks for visiting. :)

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      well written, interesting piece on DB and the academy.

      I think Beckham is the most skillful English we have had for a long time, the trouble is, there is no one developing the same talents to take his place.

      The academy is probably the best training centre we have to encourage youngsters in football, sport and fitness in general. With a bit of luck, some good sportsmen and sportswomen will emerge. Football is mainly played by men, perhaps some of those young boys that have had the benefit of sessions at the academy will catch the eye of the Premiership managers, and get grounding for places in the England team, cos, with a couple of exceptions, we need some good players.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Tommy.

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      tommyc6364 7 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Monday. I have some experience of the pro football set-up in the UK.Unfortunately,at 25 u are probably too old to be taken on by a British club.If u are an outstanding talent that may be different. U need to send video of yourself in action to the clubs. I would suggest the lower divisions.but to be totally honest with u I wouldn't hold out much hope. Another possibility is clubs in the Irish Republic.U might have more luck with them. I wish u well.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Monday

      I don't know the process of getting into a football club. I will find out and let you know if I find any useful info.

      Also, visit again and click on the link below, where I have posted your question. Hopefully, someone will point you in the right direction.


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      monday 7 years ago

      my name is monday osomo obebe

      i am a boy of 25 years and i play for pepsi football academy lagos center.

      This are the varios wings i can play 7,9 and i can also i need help getting a club. U can reach me on my number +2348096645356 . THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      David sounds like a young man who has stayed grounded and knows the meaning of “pay it forward!” Very nice article…

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lady E,

      Thank you, this was informative and refreshing! It is wonderful that he is helping so many young people get off to a good start. They seem like such a nice couple I am glad that their marriage has "stayed strong" too.

      Well done!

      Thank you for sharing!


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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I was only familiar through "Bend It Like Beckham". I think the guy is class. Thanks for an interesting hub!

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      very interesting facts about the academy. behind the success is a kind man.

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      I wish David Beckham well also. He is indeed a true patriot. That is how life should be. Spreading wealth and remembering those who are less priviledged and leaving a legacy to be remembered. Love your picture outside the academy. Nice hub. Thanks for sharing.