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David Beckham visits quake-hit school on trip to Nepal

By PA Reporter

David Beckham has played football with Nepalese children and visited a school in Bhaktapur that was damaged in April's devastating earthquake.

The star visited the Shree Padma Higher Secondary School, where classes are being held in temporary sheds after the April 25 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people.

He spent an hour talking to students in classrooms that were made out of a tin roof and bamboo walls.

The former England captain later played football with the children at an open courtyard surrounded by old Hindu temples.

"This is the best day of my life - I am so, so happy," said Seline Homija, an eighth-grade student who played with the former Manchester United midfielder on the brick-paved courtyard.

Hundreds of fans gathered to watch, and police used batons to control the crowd.

Beckham, who also recently visited children at a hospital in Papua New Guinea, was in Nepal for a day filming a documentary.

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