‘HELLO MR BECKHAM’: YOUNG SPORTS COACH SEIZES HIS CHANCE TO MEET HIS IDOL

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When Anton Gerald-Herbert, 21, assistant sports coach at west London’s Metro Football Academy, spotted Manchester United legend David Beckham watching son Romeo play tennis at the Westway Sports Centre, just opposite the Academy, he didn’t hesitate.

‘We’re so close to the Westway I managed to spot him. I ran back into the classroom to get my phone and went over to introduce myself.

‘I said “Hello Mr Beckham”. I really did! He was really approachable and seemed happy to have his photo taken.’

The Metro Football Academy, where Anton works, combines education and football to create a fun and engaging course tailored to the needs of young people, many of whom are ‘NEET’ (not in education, employment or training) and come from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Academy, which is run by youth training organisation Let Me Play, has been a huge success. Many learners have continued with further study or pursued their ambitions to play football at a higher level.

Anton says most of the students were working away from the Academy that day [Friday]. ‘When we told them on the Monday what happened, they were, “Wow”. ‘

Reflecting on his meeting with the great man, Anton said: ‘I’m a Man U supporter, so it’s even better!’  It’s great to see someone who’s been around for so long.

‘I had a smile on my face the whole day.’
http://www.letmeplay.co.uk/metro-united-football-academy/

Picture shows Beckham with Anton

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