Just a few short weeks after announcing his retirement from football, David Beckham was said to be ‘celebrating’ following his first win at the twice-weekly bingo game hosted by the Queen Elizabeth Park Private Care Home.
“David is ecstatic,” said a spokesperson for the former player.
“It’s never easy settling in following a recent move, and especially when you’re as new to retirement as David is.”
The Guildford-based retirement facility, which is home to just over seventy residents, hosts bingo evenings on Mondays and Thursdays, events which centre manager June Maharaj describes as, “fun – but still competitive!”
“A lot of our residents don’t have much time for watching TV, and failing eyesight can make reading a problem – but they all perk up when the bingo’s on,” she added, confirming that Beckham’s famous work-rate and competitive ethic haven’t left him, “David’s no different – he’s often still a bit drowsy from his afternoon nap when his wife wheels him into the Day Room, but when the caller starts up, he’s as lively as any of them!”
There had been much speculation as to Beckham’s future soon after – as well as prior to – announcing his retirement, with many commentators criticising his lack of pace during Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona.
However, it would now appear that while the former England Captain’s mobility has deteriorated, his mental acuity has not diminished.
“Both David and his wife, Victoria, try to take part in a range of activities that the home offers,” said one of the star’s nurses.
“They always make it along to the flower arranging class on Mondays; though they’re not as keen on the ‘music and movement’ classes we host on Wednesday afternoons,” another nurse added.
“He seemed to like it – I think she was just a little bit self-conscious, bless her.”
The leafy and well-appointed home cares for a range of residents, describing itself as ‘a community within a community’.
Beckham posed for pictures on the steps of the home with some residents and fellow bingo-players, displaying his winning card and his prize – an autographed picture of local radio DJ, Mike Sculley.
It was the first public outing for the winner of domestic trophies in England, Spain, France and Italy since an appearance in Paris to promote his bodywear range for H&M.