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The David Beckham Academy is a football (soccer) school founded by England international David Beckham in 2005. It currently operates in two locations: in Londonmarker, United Kingdommarker, and in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker.

Further Academy sites are planned at Cabo São Roque near Natalmarker, Brazilmarker, and in Asia. Consideration was also given in 2007 to opening an Academy in Manchestermarker.


The Academy is said to have been inspired by Beckham's attendance as a boy at the Bobby Charlton Soccer School. Wanting to give later generations of children the same experience, he put his name to two facilities in 2005.

The Academy in London is situated on the Greenwich Peninsulamarker in east Greenwichmarker, close to The O2marker and North Greenwich tube stationmarker. It was opened on 28 November 2005, with backing from the Anschutz Entertainment Group and sponsorship from Volkswagen and Adidas. Its indoor arena houses two full-sized, artificially turfed pitches, alongside an education and administration centre and a sports medical centre.

The Los Angeles Academy is based at the Home Depot Centermarker in Carson, California, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hillsmarker, which is a $150 million multi-sport facility built on 125 acres of land. It is also the home of two Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, The Los Angeles Galaxy and CD Chivas USA.

In 2009, the 'David Beckham Academy' brand was extended to a range of books about football.


The London Academy provides one, three or five-day programmes for boys and girls aged 8-15 years. It also runs a schools programme that consists of a training day linked with Key Stage 2 and 3 learning (up to 2009, over 10,000 children have taken part in this programme). An after-schools programme (the 7/23 Club) is provided on Saturday mornings for children aged 3-7, and on Monday and Thursday evenings for 8-15 year-olds.

The Los Angeles Academy runs a 7/23 Club on Saturday mornings for boys and girls aged 4–7 years. It also runs three- and five-day courses during school vacations.


  1. Beckham in Natal
  2. David Beckham academy planned next door to Man City, Building, 30 November 2007.

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