David Beckham has made an emotional return to mentor players at a struggling club in his childhood league in east London as part of a new four-part documentary.
In the ‘Save our Squad’ series, Disney cameras follow former Manchester United and England legend Beckham as he visits Westward Boys, who used to be coached by his father Ted.
The team is in the same league he played in as a kid, Ridgeway Rovers, and is fighting relegation.
In the series, the 47-year-old Beckham mentors the club’s players and also takes them on a tour of Wembley Stadium.
“For me, it all started when I was seven years old and playing in the park, wanting to play for a Sunday league team,” says Beckham, England’s third-most capped player of all time with 115.
‘My dad helped me find an article in the paper that said they were teaming up. In fact, we ended up being quite successful and ended up winning the league multiple times.
David Beckham Returns To His Boyhood Club Westward Boys In New Documentary Series
The Manchester United and England legend is seen advising his struggling former club in the four-part series.
Beckham also takes the club’s players on a trip to Wembley Stadium in London
The team he visits in the film used to be coached by Beckham’s father, Ted (left).
“Obviously the guys saw me as David Beckham, the Manchester United player, the England player, the Real Madrid player and all the other teams I had played for.
“But then once I sat down with them and had a conversation and said, ‘This is how I started out, I started out in this league, I started out as a Sunday league player and these are the issues I’ve faced,’ we had an instant connection. .
“There are so many moments throughout this series that have been incredible moments for me and moments of pride.”
Beckham says in the moving documentary, which will be available on Disney+ starting November 9, that it’s about more than achieving success on the pitch with the young team.
“I went into this hoping they would be successful on the field, but even more so off the field.
In the moving film, Beckham says he hopes to guide players to success on and off the field.
Beckham, who made 115 appearances for England, said the film helped young players see him as more than just a football legend.
“What we’re trying to create with the kids isn’t just football and what they do on the field, it’s about what they do off the field and whether they’re good human beings and how they are with their family.”
“There are so many moments throughout this series that have been incredible moments for me and moments of pride.
“But I think the most important thing for me is to see the personality of the boys change. See how they want to learn and how they want to listen.
“On day one, they really didn’t want to hear too much, but then on day 10, it was something totally different.
“The kids loved playing football and it was clear that they just needed a little help, a little teaching and I hope I gave them that.”
Beckham remains England’s third most capped player of all time, having made 115 caps for his country.
One of the highlights of the four-part program is Beckham taking the players on a tour of Wembley, including the famous ground where he won a large number of his 115 England caps.
“They were very excited to be on the pitch, but then I took them to the locker room and all their jerseys were hanging where the players’ jerseys would normally be hung and their reaction… I mean, you couldn’t have written better,” says Beckham.
‘His reaction was priceless. They walked into that locker room and it was pure emotion and that’s exactly what we wanted.
Beckham enjoyed successful seasons for Man United, Real Madrid, PSG, LA Galaxy and AC Milan during his stellar career.
Beckham and his wife Victoria married in 1999 and have four children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.
The England legend had celebrity status throughout his time on the pitch and remains one of the most famous footballers of all time.
After making more than 520 appearances and winning countless trophies, including the treble with United in 1999, Beckham became co-owner of Salford City along with his former ‘Class of ’92’ teammates Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. .
He is also the president and co-owner of MLS’s Inter Miami, which was founded in 2018 and debuted in the league two years later.
Beckham married his wife Victoria in a lavish £750,000 wedding in 1999. The couple have four children: Brooklyn, 23, Romeo, 20, Cruz, 17 and Harper, 11.
Beckham is currently co-owner and president of MLS’s Inter Miami, founded in 2018.