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UK & Ireland Champs + Superball 2016

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.

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SUPERBALL 2016

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,

Peace!

BEKO 2016

This year I was fortunate enough to do some work performing for BEKO who are also the official sponsors of F.C Barcelona.

I spent a whole week at IFA 2016 in Berlin which happens to be one of the biggest trade fairs in Europe.

I was not alone either, joining me was a fantastic team in the form of freestylers Kitti Szasz (Hungary) and my fellow compatriot Max Meyer (Germany).

This event was for the agency 'World Class Freestyle' which was set up by my good friend Daniel Dennehy (pictured below with us freestylers) who came to watch over things and Dara Coyne (another good friend of mine also from Ireland) was on hand to assist with proceedings too.

We also had the pleasure/honor meeting up with the former FC Barcelona player Éric Abidal. A true legend in the world of football.

It was a real pleasure putting on shows for the people here at this trade show, and to represent World Class Freestyle too as they have some of the best freestylers in the world on their books, the highest calibre.

It was cool to be able to have a few freestylers to chill with in Berlin, for many this was actually their first time here so I kind of felt like their tour guide at times haha.

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flexin' with ma homie @danieldennehy

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It's always good linking up with folks who are such positive and like-minded individuals. It was an honour to show them around my city.

This one above is probably my favourite photo of the 5 of us from the last day. I think we made a great team to be honest!

Overall this was an invaluable week for me, I had a lot of fun and it was nothing but good times, I can't wait to see these guys again, hopefully soon!

Thanks for reading once again,

Peace!