Disney TV cameras follow David Beckham as he returns to his boyhood league in East London to mentor a struggling young team facing relegation
- The four-part ‘Save Our Squad’ series featuring Beckham is set to air on Disney
- It sees the Man United and England legend return to his boyhood London league
- He visits Westward Boys, a team that used to be coached by his father Ted
David Beckham has made an emotional return to mentor players at a struggling club in his boyhood league in East London as part of a new four-part documentary.
The ‘Save our Squad’ series sees the Disney cameras follow former Manchester United and England legend Beckham as he visits Westward Boys, which used to be coached by his dad Ted.
The team are in the same league that he played in as a boy – Ridgeway Rovers – and are battling relegation.
In the film, Beckham, 47, mentors the players at the club and also takes them on a tour of Wembley Stadium.
‘For me it started when I was seven years old playing over the park, wanting to play for a Sunday league team,’ Beckham says.
‘My dad helped me find an article in the paper that said that they were starting a team. We actually ended up being pretty successful and ended up winning the league quite a few times.
David Beckham returns to his boyhood club Westward Boys in a new documentary series
The Manchester United and England legend is seen mentoring his struggling former club in the four-part series
Beckham also takes the players from the club 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 boys saw me as David Beckham the Manchester United player, the England player, the Real Madrid player and all the other teams that I’d played for.
‘But then, once I sat with them and had a conversation and said: ‘This is how I started, I started in this league, I started as a Sunday league player and these are the problems that I’ve faced,’ we had an instant connection.
‘There are so many moments throughout this series that have been incredible moments for me to see, and proud moments.’
Beckham says in the heartwarming documentary that it is about more than achieving success on the pitch with the young team.
‘I went into this hoping that they were going to be successful on the pitch – but even more successful off the pitch.
‘What we’re trying to create with the boys is not just about football and what they do on the pitch, it’s about what they do off the pitch and if they are good human beings and what they’re like around their family.’
More to follow.