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BECKS IN 2018 BID PROMISE; BECKHAM ON A FREE.

Byline: MARTIN LIPTON

DAVID BECKHAM has given England's 2018 World Cup bid a huge boost by promising to coach youngsters around the world for FREE if the campaign is successful.

The former England skipper will show his support by giving 200 youngsters and coaches a workshop and skills programme in Trinidad this weekend. Beckham is the most popular public face of the England bid and a huge draw for the 24 FIFA Executive Committee members who will decide the finals' venue in Zurich on December 2.

And the Three Lions' star has pledged to stage similar courses with the David Beckham Academy i n a l l s i x F I FA Confederations over the next six years if the vote goes England's way.

Beckham suggested this week's course, part of a football festival in Trinidad and Tobago, when he met influential CONCACAF President Jack Wa r n e r l a s t December.

Warner effectively controls three votes on FIFA's key body and his support is vital to the bid.

Beckham said: "I'm extremely proud of the David Beckham Academy. The proposal with England 2018 is an exciting one as football is such a great way to inspire young people."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2010
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