After 30 years, David Beckham has returned to Chingford's Chase Lane Primary School

Beckham returns to old primary school

Beckham sat with pupils during their lunch break and spoke about the improvement in school dinners (credit: Sainsburys)

Beckham talks to pupils about his time at the school when he was just eight years old (credit: Sainsburys)

David Beckham gives Chase Lane's under 11s football team advice about playing at Wembley Stadium (credit: Sainsburys)

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David Beckham has returned to his former primary school for the first time since he left 30 years ago.

Waltham Forest's most celebrated footballer in recent history visited hundreds of pupils at Chase Lane Primary School in York Road, Chingford, on Friday.

The surprise visit, kept hidden from pupils and parents until the day, was organised by Sainsbury’s in which Beckham is an ambassador for the supermarket's 'Active Kids' programme.

Headteahcer Carolyn Houstoun introduced the Leytonstone-born player to over 180 cheering ten year olds inside the assembly hall before taking him on a visit of the school's grounds.

The father-of-four spoke to children about his 20 year career as a professional footballer, being educated at the school and even gave some advice to the under 11s football team before they head to Wembley for the Year 6 national finals on May 25. 

"Coming back, I've noticed so much has changed but all the memories of my favourite classes and kicking about in the playground has come flooding back.

"I remember being happy when I used to come to school, I never used to miss a day unless I was sick. I was never a top pupil but I always worked hard and my work was always neat.

"We had quite a good few young players in the school, so I don't think I was the best in the class and for some reason, I always remember being picked last in the school games on the field at break time."

Chase Lane is one of 51,000 schools, groups and sports clubs to have signed up to the scheme aimed at inspiring children to eat healthy and stay active.

 

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12:21pm Thu 15 May 14

kirstywright says...

is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers kirstywright
  • Score: -13

12:30pm Thu 15 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever.

I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.
[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers[/p][/quote]It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever. I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 15

12:34pm Thu 15 May 14

kirstywright says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever.

I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.
yawn
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers[/p][/quote]It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever. I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.[/p][/quote]yawn kirstywright
  • Score: -16

1:08pm Thu 15 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

Let's hope this time he benefits from it.
Let's hope this time he benefits from it. MorrisHickey
  • Score: -3

2:44pm Thu 15 May 14

kirstywright says...

MorrisHickey wrote:
Let's hope this time he benefits from it.
L.O.L
[quote][p][bold]MorrisHickey[/bold] wrote: Let's hope this time he benefits from it.[/p][/quote]L.O.L kirstywright
  • Score: -6

3:03pm Thu 15 May 14

kirstywright says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever.

I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.
must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers[/p][/quote]It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever. I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.[/p][/quote]must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow kirstywright
  • Score: -8

3:35pm Thu 15 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever.

I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.
must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow
Leave Gary Barlow alone as well.

Whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it!.
[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers[/p][/quote]It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever. I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.[/p][/quote]must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow[/p][/quote]Leave Gary Barlow alone as well. Whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it!. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

4:08pm Thu 15 May 14

kirstywright says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever.

I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.
must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow
Leave Gary Barlow alone as well.

Whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it!.
yeah bit old now that one - so take that
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers[/p][/quote]It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever. I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.[/p][/quote]must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow[/p][/quote]Leave Gary Barlow alone as well. Whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it!.[/p][/quote]yeah bit old now that one - so take that kirstywright
  • Score: -3

4:29pm Thu 15 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
kirstywright wrote:
is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers
It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever.

I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.
must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow
Leave Gary Barlow alone as well.

Whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it!.
yeah bit old now that one - so take that
Very droll, haha!
[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: is this news -- i saw teddy sheringham up north chingford and sam fox in nuffields gym but i didnt ring the newspapers[/p][/quote]It is good he has visited his old school and I hope he does so again on many occasions as this will bring pleasure to the young kids who are obviously in awe of this now world famous man and will for ever be. Up until now it is has just been a story that he went to the school but now these kids can tell their friends and family of the visit and treasure the occasion for ever. I am not a great fan of him personally but I admire personalities who give a little bit back to their former community. Well done David Beckham.[/p][/quote]must be a tax dodge his well friendly with gary barlow[/p][/quote]Leave Gary Barlow alone as well. Whatever he said, whatever he did, he didn't mean it!.[/p][/quote]yeah bit old now that one - so take that[/p][/quote]Very droll, haha! Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

4:33pm Thu 15 May 14

stickmanny says...

Barlow is a greedy fascist who is happy to deny us all millions, but that's ok by Cameron
Barlow is a greedy fascist who is happy to deny us all millions, but that's ok by Cameron stickmanny
  • Score: -7

9:57pm Thu 15 May 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

The one thing about Beckham is hes never forgotten where he came and started from and that says a lot about him as a man, hes done extremely well for himself and his family so you know what David fair Play and you keep going and doing what you do and to heck with all the obvious jealous people out there
The one thing about Beckham is hes never forgotten where he came and started from and that says a lot about him as a man, hes done extremely well for himself and his family so you know what David fair Play and you keep going and doing what you do and to heck with all the obvious jealous people out there SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 6

10:00pm Thu 15 May 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

Oh and the look on those kids faces made it worth while
Oh and the look on those kids faces made it worth while SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 6

9:46am Fri 16 May 14

kirstywright says...

SpursSupporter1 wrote:
The one thing about Beckham is hes never forgotten where he came and started from and that says a lot about him as a man, hes done extremely well for himself and his family so you know what David fair Play and you keep going and doing what you do and to heck with all the obvious jealous people out there
never forgotten where he came - is that why as a kid he supported man utd and not orient
[quote][p][bold]SpursSupporter1[/bold] wrote: The one thing about Beckham is hes never forgotten where he came and started from and that says a lot about him as a man, hes done extremely well for himself and his family so you know what David fair Play and you keep going and doing what you do and to heck with all the obvious jealous people out there[/p][/quote]never forgotten where he came - is that why as a kid he supported man utd and not orient kirstywright
  • Score: -1

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