MEND IT LIKE BECK­HAM

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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

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