David Beckham and Sky join forces in long-term partnership18/04/13 12:19 | 12:19pm
London (18th April 2013)
Global sports star David Beckham OBE is joining Sky as an ambassador, it was announced today. The long-term partnership will see Beckham play a leading role across the breadth of Sky's work to support grassroots sport and encourage participation across Britain and Ireland. He will also feature in adverts to promote the unrivalled range of sport and innovative services offered by Sky.
As a national sporting icon, David Beckham is an inspirational role model to millions of young people. In his role as a Sky ambassador, he will help to use the power of sport to change lives through the successful Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative. Now in its tenth year, this free initiative uses the life-changing stories and expertise of athlete mentors to inspire young people to learn new skills and improve their lives. Around 30,000 young people a year participate in the programme, which reaches one third of all secondary schools in Britain and has just launched in Ireland.
In joining Sky, David Beckham teams up with other sporting icons who are part of the company's strong and deep-rooted support for British sport and grassroots participation. They include Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis CBE, who became an ambassador for Sky Sports last year; Sir David Brailsford, Principal of Team Sky and the architect behind the exceptional performance of British Cycling; and Sir Bradley Wiggins five times Olympic gold medallist and first ever British winner of the Tour de France.
David Beckham said: "Sky have followed my career since I broke into the Manchester United first team. They have done a huge amount to promote and encourage involvement in sport in Britain and I'm delighted to be joining them.
"I've always been passionate about the importance of sport in the lives of young people. It's not all about winning; just getting involved in sport gives you confidence and skills for life. I was lucky to have some amazing role models when I was younger, and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Sky to pass on some of that knowledge to the next generation."
Jeremy Darroch, Sky's chief executive, added: "It's great to welcome David to Sky. Sport is at the heart of what we do and both we and David believe in its power to excite, inspire and change lives. As a hero and inspiration on and off the field, David is a perfect ambassador to help us get more people involved in sport."
David Beckham is managed by Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment.
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