Freestyler's world record attempt launches The Ball
A football freestyler plans to break a world record to launch the journey of a football from London to South Africa.
On Tuesday January 26, four times Guinness World Record Holder Dan Magness will attempt to break another world record, by juggling a ball thirty miles across London and visiting all Premier League football stadiums in the Capital in the process.
To be successful, Dan Magness must keep the ball under control at all times using all parts of his body (except his hands) and keep the ball off the ground.
The world record attempt heralds the launch of ‘The Ball’; the journey made by one football, taken through Europe and 17 African countries to the opening of the FIFA World Cup 2010.
The African leather football (hand-made, fair trade, durable and repairable) to make the epic journey, will also be the football that Dan uses for his world record attempt. In much the same vein as the Olympic Torch, The Ball is seen as a symbol of hope, promoting peace and unity.
Dan’s journey will begin at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC and finish just before kick-off on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
In contrast, the football’s onward journey will visit Europe and 17 African countries including Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
In support of ‘The Ball’, the Freestyle Football Federation, an organisation set up to inspire young people through football, of which Dan Magness is an ambassador, will provide freestylers to offer ‘tricks’ workshops to players along The Ball’s route.
With the simple message “all you need is a ball”, young people from any environment or background will be able to try out these tricks with The Ball as it passes through communities between London and Johannesburg.
For more information on The Ball, please visit spiritoffootball.com