Former Manchester United and England midfielder admits he questioned his decision to retire.
David Beckham has admitted that a big part of him has questioned whether he was right to retire from professional football but that he has been too busy over the past four months to dwell on the decision.
“A decision like that, I was always going to second guess myself,” he told Telegraph Sport. “I was always going to question whether I was going to make the right decision or not. But I think you always do that as an athlete, you always feel like you can play on when you can’t. That’s the passion behind the athlete.”
Beckham has particularly savoured spending additional time with his four children since playing his final match in May when Paris St Germain won the French La Ligue title. His three boys, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, are currently all on trial with professional clubs in London and Beckham has been a regular at their matches.
“I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to sit down and think about being a retired player,” said Beckham. “It is strange not having that routine. I have had that same routine for 22 years where I do get up in the morning, go to training and I am part of a team. What I have enjoyed is being there for the kids more.”
Beckham is also determined to help inspire all children to be active and healthy. He appeared this morning at the Lee Valley Sports Centre to take a training session for 170 schoolchildren as part of the Sainsbury’s Active Kids initiative.
The scheme has delivered more than £13 million worth of equipment and experiences to schools, clubs and groups over the past year alone. There has been a particular surge in interest following last summer's Olympic Games with nearly 52,000 schools, clubs and groups now signed up to benefit from their membership. Beckham and four-times Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds are among the ambassadors for the scheme. “Last summer showed us the power that sport has to inspire, which is why it is so important to make sure the next generation has the opportunity to get involved in sport and exercise in as many ways as possible,” said Simmonds.
Beckham added: “I do really enjoy days like this. Obviously being in the position I’m in, and obviously having achieved what I have achieved in my career, something like this is very important to me.
“Being a father of four myself I know how important it is to get kids to eat the right things, to drink the right things, to stay healthy and stay fit. To get out there and get off their Xbox and into a park where they are kicking a football around or running around.
“I know how inspiring it is for kids to see athletes from past and present turn up, talk to them and be part of their day. It is something I hope to be able to do for kids as well. When I was a kid I remember how inspiring it was to meet players like Bobby Charlton or Bryan Robson. I remember Clive Allen showed up when I was receiving a trophy for my Sunday League team.”