/ Lead title Featuring state-of-the-art soccer skills training tips, the story behind the David Beckham academies, and with insights from Beckham on his unique lifestyle, this book captures the essence of what it's like to be England football captain and one of the most celebrated faces on the planet. / The David Beckham Academy is the only one of its kind in Europe; the recent launch of the London site is part of a global expansion programme including Los Angeles and other cities across the world. / The London Academy will bring in 15,000 children annually, 10,000 of whom will be invited free of charge through school day visits and local community programmes. / The Academy training programme is coordinated by a leading youth director of coaching in Britain, supported by a staff of UEFA and FA qualified coaches. / Run in partnership with the Shine Foundation, which gives disadvantaged children attention and support to raise their achievement levels at school. / Major book launch event and signings in London involving Beckham.
David Beckham was born in Leytonstone, East London in May 1975. At the age of 11 he came first in the Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools competition ahead of 5,000 other boys. He signed for Manchester United in 1989 and made his debut three years later, aged 17. He has since gone on to play almost a hundred times for England, including captaining his country for both the 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals. He was transfered to Real Madrid for GBP25 million in the summer of 2003.Leo Moynihan is a football journalist for publications such as FourFourTwo, Observer Sports Monthly and Sunday Telegraph. He was nominated for Best New Writer in the 2005 British Sports Book of the Year awards for his biography of Gordon Strachan.
`I wanted an environment where children could learn but more importantly have fun. I hope that this will be a unique experience for many kids and one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives' David Beckham