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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.

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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.

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