A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Soccer terms are used throughout. Motivational messages are taught to the boys on the team. Life in London is portrayed.
Hard work wins over talent. Stay the course and don't give up. "Impossible" includes the words "I'm possible." Attitude is everything.
Positive Role Models
Coach Ade and Coach Edwin are dedicated to the team, and are positive, yet firm with the boys. David Beckham returns to his hometown to motivate players in the league in which he once played. The boys grow personally and as a team.
The football team is representative of the East London neighborhood -- Black, White, Christian, Muslim, and others are represented.
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Violence & Scariness
Some players get injured throughout the season.
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Products & Purchases
Athletic brands like Adidas and Puma worn by Beckham and the young soccer players are on display.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Save Our Squad with David Beckham is an inspirational docuseries about teamwork, dedication, and work ethic. In it, soccer superstar David Beckham returns to East London, where he grew up, to support a young soccer team who'd been accustomed to winning but is struggling through a losing season. The series is beautifully filmed, stirring up emotions in viewers and portraying the reality of life for young boys growing up in the neighborhood. The show promotes positive messages and role models.
Is It Any Good?
This honest and relatable docuseries shows just why sports are so beneficial in the lives of young people. Save Our Squad with David Beckham benefits from centering the London soccer narrative around the lives of the young boys from the Westward Boys team, while superstar David Beckham's journey from player to coach takes a backseat. Parents won't mind sitting down to watch this with their tweens or teens, as viewers learn about the players from their own perspectives and those of their coaches and parents.
The only negative criticism surrounds the title: Save Our Squad and the imagery of a celebrated White man coming in to help a diverse team led by two Black men may trigger thoughts of White savior complex. Support Our Squad or Strengthen Our Squad may have been better title choices.
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