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DAVID BECKHAM never spent much time in school ? but now he?s opening classes of his own.

I can reveal he and POSH will jointly found elite David Beckham Youth Soccer Academies in London and Los Angeles.

The multi-million-pound talent schools will be officially announced in December and should open next spring or summer.

If they prove a hit, others may follow in New York, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.

The centres, bankrolled by sports marketing giant AEG, will be a nice little earner for the Beckhams.

?Goldenballs? Becks will be their figurehead and will hand-pick and direct a team of top coaches.

He will join in teaching between seasons and become more involved after hanging up his boots.

But Posh will also be a major player ? acting as an ambassador for the project to sell it to both boy and girl wannabes.

It was she who flew to LA to sign the deal with AEG in May.

The schools are the first of a host of big-money Brand Beckham projects Posh and Becks plan after signing to SIMON FULLER?s 19 Management last year.

A pal of the pair said: ?Talented kids will be handpicked and hopefully turned into top players. Disadvantaged kids will get a helping hand too.

?David is hiring top-class coaches to teach every aspect of football.

?And the LA school is likely to attract as many girls as boys, if not more. Soccer is huge with American girls since the US hosted and won the Women?s World Cup in 1999.

?The film Bend It Like Beckham was also a big hit in the States.?

Another source close to Becks told me: ?David loves kids and he thinks the academies will be a great way to give something back and to keep him busy after he retires.

?He attended Man United legend BOBBY CHARLTON?s soccer schools as a kid and loved them.?


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I would only be in favour of a Beckham football school if he retired to do it. I dont like him

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Well for starters I think he's more of a poster boy for it. Once he does retire, it says he will be more involved then.

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It is normally better for actual clubs than players to open soccer clubs, if you get an exceptionally gifted kid going to a Man U soccer school there is every chance that the kid would be signed on an S - Form I mena that is why these clubs do all these soccer schools around the world, but if this kid went to the Beckham soccer scholl his chances of being seen by a big club are seriously less.

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Superstar England captain David Beckham realised a longtime dream this week, kicking off his own football academy for kids in London.

Having attended the Bobby Charlton Soccer School when he was a child, he's now planning to help thousands of youngsters fulfill their own dreams at the David Beckham Academy, open to boys and girls aged eight to 15.

"The Bobby Charlton Soccer School was so important for me because it gave me an opportunity to have fun and learn as a young kid," he says. "I always wanted to be a professional footballer, and now I am in a position where I can create an academy of my own."

Becks says skills aren't the only thing that matter, however, and kids from all ability levels are welcome to attend. "To see the happiness that football brings to kids, for me that is the most important thing ? that they can come in and learn with a smile on their faces," he said. "It is about kids coming here and having fun and enjoying it - it is not just about creating players."

The academy, due to officially open this summer, is located on the Greenwich Peninsula in East London. A sister school in Los Angeles is set to be launched later this year.


David meets aspiring young football stars as he launches the David Beckham Academy, located in Greenwich in East London


"To see the happiness that football brings to kids, for me that is the most important thing ? that they can come in and learn with a smile on their faces," said the England captain


The school, which will officially open this summer, will welcome 15,000 kids aged eight to 15

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They take girls! That's awesome

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