UK Dads Are Boys Number 1 Role Model

UK dads are boys’ number one role model according to a nationwide survey finding that half of the nation’s boys put Dad in the top spot.

David Beckham is second only to British fathers when it comes to being a role model for young boys, according to new research though a conflicting report on the Chortle webiste suggests that comedian Harry Hill is the top role model for boys – or are they just having a laugh?

The nationwide study of more than 1,200 boys and their parents found one in five boys, or 18%, look up to the former England captain.

However, 50% 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 Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer.

The findings are in contrast to those of parents who favoured musicians, actors and even royalty among their role models with Madonna and Diana, Princess of Wales securing pole position with 14% each.

Other celebrities on the list included Jeremy Clarkson, Lord Alan Sugar, Bill Gates and Simon Cowell.

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.”

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.

Recent reserach found that a lack of male role models causes depression in young men.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues
One comment on “UK Dads Are Boys Number 1 Role Model
  1. Roger says:

    is it possible that the other boys who did not select their father as No.1 were boys without fathers? Knowing that 25%-33% of boys in the UK have no fathers I’m sure that it would be higher if more boys had fathers.

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