11th February 2002




Almost 100 Lincolnshire schoolchildren will be singing their hearts out tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to inspire David Beckham and the England team to success in the World Cup this summer.


The youngsters will be in the Media Production Centre at the University of Lincoln to sing for a recording of the song ‘Goldenballs’ – a tribute inspired by Beckham’s last-gasp goal against Greece in England’s final World Cup qualifier in October.


The university has offered its media production facilities for the recording, organised by youth music worker Gary Rudd, which will take place at 9.30am on Tuesday.


“In an attempt to involve as many young people in music as possible I used Beckham’s goal against Greece as the inspiration for a song,” Gary explained.


“We’ve used about ten musicians to record the song and tomorrow around 90 youngsters from Lincolnshire schools will be at the university to provide the voices for the chorus.”


The Football Association has yet to select an official anthem for England’s bid to lift the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan this summer, and Gary is hopeful that his song will be in with a shout.


“We’re looking for some kind of celebrity to promote the song and we’ll be sending a copy of the finished CD to David Beckham himself to see if he’s interested in it.


“The Football Association haven’t chosen a song or an artist yet, so we’ll let them have a copy of the CD and keep our fingers crossed!”


With three verses and a catchy chorus, ‘Goldenballs’ takes a humorous look at England’s chances in the forthcoming tournament.


Sponsors of the project are the National Foundation for Youth Music and Lincolnshire County Council.


Photographers are welcome to attend the event in the university’s main TV studio.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk