Blindfolded Beckham turns out for visually impaired football team
Published 24/11/2011 | 13:36
DAVID Beckham has been put through his paces as a blind footballer to promote Paralympic sport.
He was blindfolded and coached through a series of drills by Dave Clarke, who captained Paralympics GB's five-a-side football team at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Beckham, 36, admitted that being without his sight and finding out how much skill and effort it takes to become a Paralympic athlete was a huge lesson.
"They are a real testament to the quality of our Paralympic athletes," he said.
"The character and determination they show by doing this every single day, makes me proud."
Beckham is appearing in a series of adverts and films for UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's, a London 2012 Paralympics sponsor. He is encouraging more children to take up sport.
The five-a-side football competition at the London 2012 Paralympics will be played by visually-impaired athletes using a ball with a noise-making device inside.
There will be eight teams battling for gold at the hockey centre in the Olympic Park.