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David Beckham reveals his soccer secrets

Eight lucky youngsters are on their way to Madrid to train with David Beckham.

Chosen for CBBC's ultimate football prize, they will fly out to be part of an exclusive 10 part soccer skills series for The CBBC Channel - Beckham's Hotshots.

It's the first time the Real Madrid player and England Captain has turned his hand to coaching. In Madrid he'll let them in on the secrets of his game and teach them a whole range of skills, tricks and tips.

The prize also includes tickets to a Premiership game, a UK coaching session, a special football strip, a tour of the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid and a ball signed by David Beckham.

In an exclusive competition hundreds of nine to 13 year olds sent in video applications to The CBBC Channel and 20 of the best were selected to be put through their paces.

They spent two days training at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre – one of England's training grounds. They all had to complete a series of football skill tasks which looked at their dribbling, passing, heading and volleying. They also endured a five-a-side match and a penalty shoot-out.

Sitting in judgement over the youngsters were some of football's toughest critics - Alan Hansen, Peter Schmeichel, Mark Lawrenson and Hope Powell. They watched the kids all day and had the difficult job of selecting just eight winners.

The winners are: Xavier White from London; Mollie Dale from Amlwch, Wales; Kate Waddell from Sherwood, Nottingham; James Clark from Cheshunt, Herts; Stephen Rowan from Glasgow; Jade Formaston from Bedworth, Warwickshire; Matthew Mainwaring from Manchester and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk from Leicester.

Peter Schmeichel said: "I think it's a great competition and something I would have loved to have been involved in as a kid.

"I've been very surprised about the quality of the talent and how good all the kids are for their different ages.

"Every year there's different things that you're able to do – these kids have really impressed me and I've really enjoyed it."

Hope Powell said: "I think the kids have been excellent. It's been quite a tough day for them. The tasks were really good and brought out a lot.

"It was nice to see girls who can actually play and compete and hold their own in this environment, and they absolutely held their own against the boys.

"The decision was a really tough one. All in all the kids have been magnificent."

Beckham's Hotshots will be hosted by CBBC's Reggie Yates on The CBBC Channel in February 2004.

Notes to Editors

The Executive Producer is Reem Nouss.

Peter Schmeichel – Former Manchester United and Manchester City goalkeeper who also captained his national side, Denmark.

Mark Lawrenson - Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender and regular BBC football pundit.

Hope Powell – National coach, England Women's Team.

Alan Hansen – Former Liverpool defender and Scottish international, now BBC Match of the Day pundit.

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