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The interview of a lifetime with David Beckham

David Beckham speaks to School Report

Interviews don't come much bigger than David Beckham, England's most capped outfield player of all time and one of the most famous men on the planet.

School Reporters Omari, 13, and Sukhpeet, 13, grabbed the scoop backstage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony at the LG Arena, Birmingham.

Beckham, who won the prestigious lifetime achievement award, walked past the waiting media as he came through the VIP entrance.

But the 35-year-old former Manchester United star stopped to talk to the two School Reporters from St John Wall Catholic School in Handsworth, Birmingham!

With flashbulbs going off around them, the two young reporters were able to put a few questions to Beckham as his wife and children looked on.


Q: How does it feel to be here tonight?

SCHOOL REPORT ON THE BLUE CARPET: The stars that Omari and Sukhpeet interviewed at SPOTY 2010
David Beckham, former England football captain
Freddie Flintoff, former England cricket captain
Tony McCoy, 15-time champion jockey
Ryan Giggs, Man Utd and Wales legend
Colin Montgomerie, Europe's Ryder Cup-winning captain
Linford Christie, former Olympic 100m champion
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish
Sven-Goran Eriksson, former England boss
Lee Westwood, golf's world number one
Peter Shilton, England goalkeeping legend
Tom Daley, diving superstar
Joe Calzaghe, former boxing world champion
Phil Taylor, darts world champion
Dwight Yorke, former Man Utd striker

I'm very honoured, obviously as a sportsman and a footballer to be here with so many great sportsmen and women.

It's a great night for everyone to celebrate the talents of the many great sportsmen and women that we have in this country.

Q: How does it feel to win the lifetime achievement award?

I'm very honoured because I'm still playing football and enjoying myself - to win a lifetime achievement award is a huge thing. As a young boy, to think I would win something like this was a dream.

Q: How happy are you to have your family with you to see you win this award?

My family being here makes it even more special - to have my children here and my wife here just makes it extra-special.

Q: Do you want your sons to follow in your footsteps by becoming footballers?

If they follow in my footsteps then great - they know how much I love football and they love football as well. If they do, they do; if they don't then I'll support them in whatever it is they do and go into.


Beckham was then rushed off into the VIP lounge, but the School Report team had the interview in the bag.

Not content with bagging an exclusive with the former England captain, Omari and Sukhpeet also secured an astonishing list of interviewees that would put most Fleet Street veterans to shame.

Cricket legend Freddie Flintoff, Man Utd star Ryan Giggs, Europe's Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie and champion jockey Tony McCoy all stopped for backstage interviews.

As did former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish, Leicester and former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, golf's world number Lee Westwood, England's most-capped footballer in history Peter Shilton and diving superstar Tom Daley.

And then there were boxing legend Joe Calzaghe, darts world champion Phil Taylor and former Man Utd and Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke. You can watch and listen to the interviews here.

Not bad for a first journalistic assignment!



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