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Billy Whizz

Posted on 7 February 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Our new resident freestyler, Billy Wingrove, firmly believes he can pass on the tricks of his trade to youngsters through our community programme.

Billy joined the Club in December to add a new, exclusive and exciting element to our coaching courses. The 22-year-old was a semi-finalist in the UK freestyling championship and has made television appearances on Dream Team, Sky Sports adverts, Nikelodoen and the Disney Channel.

"I signed a contract with Tottenham to teach kids tricks and skills through the community department," reported Billy, who says his students will pick up on his flicks and tricks.

"Definitely, what you have to do is find out where you are going wrong and put it right with the tricks. We start off with the simple tricks, teach them and then work through to the harder ones.

"The response has been fantastic, we had full numbers on the first course and a huge demand since then. Kids are enjoying it because it is the fun aspect of the game. They are learning ball control and all the tricks they want to learn. It gives them the confidence to bring it out in matches."

Billy, who enjoyed a little tricks session with Robbie Keane at Spurs Lodge last week, went on to tell how he ended up entering the world of freestyling.

"I used play a lot of park football and be in and around the semi-pro game, but I never really got the chance to step it up a level. I took my football into the freestyling, which is what I'm good at.

"I went into a competition with 30,000 contestants and had to perform my skills in front of the judges, who picked out the best people. I got to the semi-finals and that was great for me.

"From there an agent approached me about promoting me as one of the UK's top freestylers and I've done adverts on TV and things like that. I hadn't really done it as a job before then and wasn't particularly clean and coordinated. If I went into something like that now I think I would be able to challenge for the winning spot in the UK championship."

Billy is now embarking on the task of emulating the man he describes as No.1 - Mr Woo of vodafone fame.

"He is the world's best and is the one I look up to. He is the Zinedine Zidane of freestyle, the No.1, and that is where I want to get. There are stories going round that he was in a circus act from the age of three juggling a football. He is so used to the touch of the ball it never goes wrong for him."

In the meantime, he reflected that carrying out his profession in Spurs colours is something of a homecoming for him.

"I've always supported Spurs. I come from Tottenham originally and all my family are from Tottenham. We moved out to Enfield but my heart is still there.

"I was doing tricks with Robbie Keane before and this is a fantasy for me."