David Beckham: For The Love of the Game

David Beckham: For The Love of the Game
Beckham with children from Kumnga village in Papua New Guinea for BBC1 documentary For The Love of The Game. Photo ©BBC

Cameras follow former Manchester United, Real Madrid, England and Preston North End star David Beckham as he attempts to play a football match on all seven continents and get back in time for his own UNICEF fundraising match at Old Trafford.

During his journey, he joins local communities across the globe and find out  what the beautiful game means to them.

His first three games take place in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, with children from an earthquake-damaged school in Nepal and with footballers from three African countries at a refugee camp near Djibouti.

Beckham then takes part in games in Argentina, Antarctica and Miami, before appearing in his Unicef charity match in Manchester where he forms part of an all-star line-up managed by his former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Throughout his journey, he discovers some of the universal truths about the game itself, including its ability to inspire and unite people.

While the contrasting landscapes and cultures make for a fascinating travelogue, the film’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness of Beckham’s Unicef 7 fund, which aims to help the world’s most vulnerable children.

David Beckham: For The Love of the Game
in Punta Arenas in Argentina, ahead of a flight to King George Island in Antarctica. Photo ©BBC

The programme also features contributions from stars including Patrick Kluivert, Luis Figo, Ryan Giggs and Peter Crouch.

David Beckham: For The Love of the Game is scheduled for broadcast tonight (16 April) at 21.59 on BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120), with repeat showings on Sunday 17 April at 12.22 and Monday 18 April at 01.09.