David Beckham signs for Sport Relief
Before he jetted off to Portugal with the England
team, David Beckham took time out from his busy schedule to record
a short film to support Sport Relief '04 which will be shown on Sport
Relief on Saturday.
David has worked under some of the greatest managers in the game from
Alex Ferguson at Manchester United to England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
But David has had a long-standing ambition to work
with one of the games legends, Ron Manager, and when the opportunity
came up he jumped straight on a plane back from Madrid.
David agreed to be interviewed by Ron (Paul Whitehouse) and was
delighted to listen to the wise words of someone with so much experience
in the game.
After talking tactics - from long balls to golden balls - the conversation
moved to David's love of bling, with Ron revealing a surprising love
of 50 Cent, and even dressing as his rapping hero.
The England captain wasn't to be out done though and
he revealed that he could do a pretty good David Beckham impression,
and after taking in four balloons worth of helium, he proved it!
After the interview was over, Ron Manager couldn't control his excitement
and said: "Thank-you David, straight man, family man, husband,
gay man, white man, black man, don Juan, stupid boy, captain courageous,
model, footballer, ambassador and galactico, but most of all, thank-you
David Beckham... human being. Isn't it... marvellous."
While David, as ever, didn't let the excitement of the moment get to
him and stayed focussed: "Sport Relief Saturday sounds like its
going to be a great day.
"I'm sure people all around
the country will really get behind it and go the extra mile to help
change a lot of people's lives."
Ron Manager's interview with David will be shown on Sport Relief Saturday,
10 July, on BBC ONE as part of what is set to be a star-studded night
of Sport Relief entertainment.
Theres a block-busting line-up of fantastic programmes
featuring contributions from an array of sporting personalities and
celebrity sports fans, including Patrick Kielty, Nick Hancock,
Ray Stubbs, Sid Owen, Ben Fogle, Cilla Black,
Angus Deayton, and many many more.
The night's entertainment will include: a return of
the popular Seventies show, Superstars; the ultimate battle of the sports
quiz shows in They Think It's All A Question of Sport; Ben Fogle and
Sid Owen take part in one of the biggest boxing showdowns of all time;
and players from the sports of rugby and football battle it out to find
out once and for all which is the greatest sport.
David's wife, Victoria, has also given her support to Sport Relief '04.
She recently visited Peru to meet 11-year-old Dinah,
who lives and works on a rubbish tip, to see how money raised by Sport
Relief is improving her life.
Victoria and Dinah featured in the Sport Relief documentary,
A Mile in Their Shoes, broadcast on Sunday 27 June on BBC ONE.
Sport Relief was set up by Comic Relief and BBC Sport to tackle poverty
and disadvantage, both in the UK and internationally.
Its debut in 2002 raised more than £14 million,
and that money is now hard at work.
This time around, the vision is to harness the power,
passion and goodness of sport to help change the world.
Venues up and down the country will host the Fitness
First Sport Relief Mile and some of the best known faces from the world
of sport and entertainment will line up alongside the public as the
whole nation comes together to be part of a very special day.
Rachel Stevens, Sir Steve Redgrave, Jo
Brand, Alec Stewart, Gordon Ramsay, Nick Faldo,
Colin Jackson and Nicki Chapman are just some of the names
who have already signed up, with more coming on board by the day.
There's no need to be a sporty person to get involved.
Just sign up, get sponsored, and be there on Sport Relief Saturday to
help change the world by miles.
For more information on the Fitness First Sport Relief
Mile log onto www.sportrelief.com. There are more than 100 events happening
across the country, so there's bound to be a Mile event happening near
Notes to Editors
What is Sport Relief?
Sport Relief was set up by Comic Relief and BBC Sport to use the power
and passion of sport to tackle poverty and disadvantage, both in the
UK and in some of the world's poorest countries.
What is happening this year?
14 venues up and down the country will host the Fitness First Sport
Relief Mile and well-known faces from the world of sport and entertainment
will line up alongside the public as the whole nation comes together
to "Go the Extra Mile".
Sport Relief Saturday concludes with a night of spectacular
unmissable TV on BBC ONE.
The Fitness First Sport Relief Mile comes in two distinct
flavours with the Time Trial Mile for people who want to set themselves
a target, and the Freestyle Mile for all those who want more fun and
less run by doing it any way they want.
How to get involved with Sport
To book a place or for information on The Fitness First Sport Relief
Mile, visit www.sportrelief.com.
Register through any one of the 149 Fitness First health
clubs all over the UK.
Buy a Speedo Sport Relief T-shirt for £14.99 from
To make a donation call 08457 910 910 (calls will be
charged at a LoCall rate).
Where does Sport Relief money
Half of the money raised by Sport Relief will be spent in the UK funding
projects that make a difference through sport.
The other half will be spent on work trying to help
kids who are having really tough lives in some of the poorest countries
in the world.
Sport Relief history
Sport Relief made its debut in 2002 and raised a staggering £14.4
The first Sport Relief in 2002 saw some seriously big
names - David Beckham, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Michael Owen and
Denise Lewis, to name but a few.
In the UK, Sport Relief '02 cash is levelling the playing
field - helping tackle poverty and bringing young people that have been
divided by conflict and tension together through sport.
Overseas, Sport Relief '02 is helping children like
10-year-old Elisabeth, who lives in Peru. Elisabeth used to get up at
5.00am every day to work in the quarry making bricks.
Thanks to the money that everyone helped to raise, Elisabeth
can now go to school and be a child again.
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered
Where are the Sport Relief Miles
Belfast, Ormeau Park
Birmingham, Centenary Square
Brighton, Preston Park
Bristol, Greville Smyth Park
Cardiff, Black Weir Park
Ipswich, Chantry Park
Leeds, Roundhay Park
London, Victoria Embankment
Manchester, Heaton Park
Newcastle, Exhibition Park
Nottingham, Woolatton Park
Plymouth, Central Park
Southampton, The Common