MEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Remote tribes in Papua New Guinea, earthquake-ravaged towns in Nepal and makeshift refugee camps in the middle of the African jungle don’t have much in common on the face of it.
But at the core of these challenged communities is a familiar passion — a deep love of football and its uniting, inspiring qualities.
It’s this shared joy that superstar of the game David Beckham wanted to see firsthand when he embarked on an extraordinary journey to visit 11 football-mad countries in just 10 days.
A resulting TV special, David Beckham: For The Love Of The Game, sees him play a game of football on all seven continents, getting back in time for his allstar UNICEF fundraising match at Old Trafford.
“We saw how it can bring people together in areas where there’s been conflict or just simply how it can make someone smile even in the aftermath of a disaster,” Beckham says.
“Football is where it all started for me.
“I think (viewers) will see what a powerful and positive force football and sport can be. It can change people’s lives and I hope it will inspire people to get involved.”
DAVID BECKHAM: FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME, UKTV, SUNDAY, 6.30PM