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World Freestyle Football hits Stratford

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 May 2013

Stratford's Olympic Park plays host to the UEFA Champions League festival

Stratford's Olympic Park plays host to the UEFA Champions League festival

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UEFA Champions Festival hosts championships

This year’s UEFA Champions Festival will be showcasing the World Freestyle Football Championships in London on 24–26 May 2013, as the 16 best freestylers from around the world come together for an action packed weekend.

The free four-day football celebration, featuring a series of family-friendly activities on The International Quarter, Stratford, invites football fans to come and enjoy the freestyler football entertainment, as well as to take part in various expert skills sessions provided by the Freestyle Football Federation.

The shows and demonstrations will feature the world’s best freestyler athletes, including the reigning champion and Britain’s very own Andrew Henderson.

The events will take place between Friday and Sunday and will begin with routine performances from all sixteen participants. The freestylers will each have two minutes to present a carefully choreographed performance to music on the stage, which will be judged and scored based on its style, difficulty, musicality and perfection.

The grand finale and knockout battle phase of the competition will take place on Sunday 26 May (2pm–5.30pm).

Freestylers will battle head to head to compete for the winning title by outperforming their opponent and impressing the judges with their creative freestyle moves.

Alongside the professional performances, there is the opportunity to take part in a variety of skills clinics and coaching courses put on by professional coaches throughout the week.

Daniel Wood, President of the Freestyle Football Federation, said: “It is a very exciting time for the sport of freestyle football and it is great to be staging our event inside such a fantastic festival in our home city of London.

“I really hope the spectators get a chance to meet and learn from these incredible athletes and role models.”

UEFA Champions Festival will be the first major event to come to the home of the 2012 London Olympics since last summer, taking place on The International Quarter close to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will celebrate women’s football and grassroots football.

Festival attendees will also have the chance to pose with the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women’s Champions League and UEFA Futsal Cup trophies, as well as visit the UEFA Champions League museum to experience memories of past tournaments.

World Freestyle Championship schedule at the festival:

Friday: Routines (first 8 participants) 12-2pm; Skill workshop 1.45–2.45pm.

Saturday: Routines (last 8 participants) 9-11am; Skill workshop 4-5pm.

Sunday: Battles 2-5.30pm.

UEFA Champions Festival opening times:

May 23 (12-9pm)

May 24 (12-9pm)

May 25 (9am-6pm)

May 26 (12-6pm)

For further information, please visit www.UEFA.com/championsfestival.


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