The 27 year old London born footballer was signed up by Tottenham Hotspur in 2003 as their official ‘football freestyler.’ He now takes part in charity events, half time entertainment and helps launch the new shirts for the White Hart Lane side. Billy Wingrove became a freestyler through practising at his local park. Instead of the normal football kids who would play together in the park, Wingrove would keep to himself and work on his keppie uppie technique.
The Tottenham ‘Freestyler’ comes from a footballing background with his father turning out for Arsenal and his cousin played for Spurs. Yet Billy Wingrove became less interested in the game itself and more into the tricks. Having been inspired by Nike’s famous Airport Ad with the Brazilian squad Wingrove practised incessantly. In 2003 he entered the Nike freestyle event in London and out of 6,000 contestants reached the semi-finals. This was to prove a watershed moment for the Tottenham man.
He was signed up by Spur’s to be their official ‘football freestyler’ and help with coaching within communities. Billy Wingrove is a Tottenham fan so the move was a dream come true. He said upon signing for the North London side ‘As a massive spurs fan, it’s great to be their official football freestyler. It’s the closest I will ever get to being a Tottenham player and working alongside the players that you watch from the stands is great.’
Wingrove has worked on numerous coaching projects abroad not only for Tottenham Hotspur but AC Milan and the Beckham Academy. Companies such as Coca Cola, Nike, Ford, and Konami have used Billy Wingrove for their advertising campaigns and he has choreographed many of the tricks in adverts with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. The freestyler has showcased his talents on Blue Peter, Match of the Day and A Question of Sport but to name a few.
Billy Wingrove is not just one of those ‘Mr Keepie Uppie’ guys who actually cannot play football. He has played semi-professional for Enfield and most recently with Ware F.C. You never know if an injury crisis takes place at Tottenham he could be thrown on. Expect him to last less than three minutes before an ambulance takes him away.
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