Hey guys! These were two really awesome trips for me, although I didn't compete in either competition I just want to spread some praise for two highlights of my 2016 in which I had a lot of fun and it was so good to see everyone again. Hopefully this article does our sport (freestyle- football) justice in terms of seeing how many new freestylers there are out there and how the competitions are getting bigger and better!
UK & Ireland Champs
Firstly, I went to the UK & Ireland Freestyle Football Championships in July, this year they took place in the cultural capital of Scotland; Edinburgh.
Even though the weather may not have been the best there was still an amazing turnout and the competition made for a great spectacle which Andrew Henderson went onto win... for the 7th year in a row! The guy is absolutely incredible and it's clear to see why he is such an icon in this sport. Congratulations to him as well as to my good friend Daniel Dennehy for coming 2nd and Jamie Knight for coming 3rd.
Overall I was really impressed with the level of the freestyle scene here. Even though there were some big names missing there was still some great stuff on show and it was clear to see that everyone had been training hard for this. In addition to this it was great to see a lot of new faces like the younger generation that are coming through, they got a lot of passion for this and I'm sure many of them that I saw on this day will go far if they keep up the god work.
After the competition was done we also went for a bit of a night out and that was great fun and I really liked Edinburgh, a great energy about the place and some funny people. So good to catch up with everyone again though, like I have said in previous posts these are great friends and it's so awesome we are initially connected by just kicking a ball about essentially haha, but because of distance and stuff we don't know when we are next likely to see each other, so events like this one are extra special to me.
This is arguably one of, if not the biggest events on the freestyle football calendar. The World Open Freestyle Football Championship aka 'SUPERBALL' this year lived up to all the hype and was yet another huge success I feel.
A competition that literally brings freestylers from all corners of the globe to one location is always a recipe for something special. The competition this year took place in the small city of Liberec, Czech Republic, with the final being held out in the city's main square packed out with mostly freestylers and the locals to watch some of the most incredible freestyle battles in history. Erland (Norway) eventually was crowned champion after defeating Tobias Becs (Norway) in an amazing final that certainly did not disappoint for the viewers.
So I visited again as a spectator with probably my best friend in football-freestyle Kevin Buchert from Germany who drove us down there. It was so good to see everyone and we still had the opportunity to train with them in the legendary sports hall of the Liberec Arena too.
Here are some pictures:
As always, Superball was a very enjoyable event to be a part of even if it was just spectating on this occasion and I'm going to do everything I can to attend the forthcoming one in 2017 in Prague which is going to be huge!
Thanks for reading,