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David Beckham with Ron Manager (Paul Whitehouse)

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 it’s 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.

 

There’s 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 you!


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 Relief


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 kitbag.com.


To make a donation call 08457 910 910 (calls will be charged at a LoCall rate).

 

Where does Sport Relief money go?


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 million.

 

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 charity 326568.

 

Where are the Sport Relief Miles taking place?


Belfast, Ormeau Park

Birmingham, Centenary Square

Brighton, Preston Park

Bristol, Greville Smyth Park

Cardiff, Black Weir Park

Edinburgh, Murrayfield

Ipswich, Chantry Park

Leeds, Roundhay Park

London, Victoria Embankment

Manchester, Heaton Park

Newcastle, Exhibition Park

Nottingham, Woolatton Park

Plymouth, Central Park

Southampton, The Common




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Date: 07.07.2004
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