headed down to Manchester’s G-MEX on Sunday, in the hope
of being spotted as one of the nation’s hottest Freestylers,
and winning the chance to appear in an MTV ad and show off their
skills at half time during a game at Old Trafford or Highbury.
whittling down the thousands of entrants to eight finalists over
two sessions, the judges decided that Marcquelle Ward, 19 of Longsight,
Manchester, and Glenn Walker, of Northampton, stood out from the
rest with their blend of stunning skills, attitude and amazing
flair with the ball making them Manchester’s Freestyle champions.
said, “That was amazing participating in the event but I
really can’t believe I am the winner and just hope the people
of Manchester will watch the advert and vote for me so I become
the Ultimate Freestyle Champion.”
Nike Freestyle Face Off (Manchester) Gallery
(click on images to enlarge)
two Manchester Freestyle Champions will now go head to head with
the winners of the London Freestyle
face-off (which took place at London’s Earls Court 2
on 4th May), in a special final on MTV. This will be screened
as an advert on MTV Base for viewers to decide which of the four
finalists should be crowned the UK’s Ultimate Freestyle
the event were Utah Jazz forward/centre John Amaechi plus England
and Everton football star Wayne Rooney.
"The skills of the kids from the North West we saw tonight
were fantastic. This season has been great for me but it's not
so long ago I was practising freestyle skills of my own,"
Brooks, spokesperson for Nike UK commented, “The skills
on display today have been incredible and these freestylers seem
to be becoming more and more innovative, creative and ambitious
with the ball – that’s exactly what freestyle is all
Not only were there amazing freestyle tricksters to be seen but
some of the UK’s top DJs (DJ Spoony and Shortee Blitz),
Live Acts (Abs and Jody Lei) Breakdancers and Beatboxers were
their to keep the huge crowds entertained.
As seen in the new Nike adverts
with Ronaldinho and the Stickman, Freestyle is all about rhythm,
attitude and stunning ball moves; it’s about self -expression.
It’s not just about doing the tricks; it’s about doing
them in style.
For details of the Freestyle Face Off Events and Tour, log onto:
12 May: Baller battles at kicks exhibition
» 08 May: East
Ham baller advances to national Freestyle final
» 08 May: Scoop
Jackson Q & A
» 04 Apr: Nike announce search
for champion Freestyler
» 02 Apr: Nike
release Air Flight Lite