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David Beckham rates high as role model for British boys

Friday, January 14, 2011

Soccer star and expectant dad David Beckham is second only to boys' own fathers when it comes to being a role model for young boys in Britain, according to new research.

David Beckham is considered to be a good role model by many young boys in Britain
David Beckham is considered to be a good role model by many young boys in Britain

A survey was recently carried out among male children aged between 8 and 14 and the results showed that one in five boys, or 18 percent, look up to the former England captain.

However, 50 percent of the boys surveyed said their own father was their number one role model.

Other sports stars cited by young boys as top role models were soccer heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis ace Roger Federer.

The research was conducted to mark the launch of Disney XD's Aim High campaign which offers boys a once-in-a-lifetime mentorship with their heroes.

Louise Ellis, sport psychologist and performance consultant, said: "It's testament to Beckham's sheer hard work and determination both on and off the pitch, as a sportsman, a businessman, a father and a global ambassador. He's a winning inspiration for the new generation."

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