Which countries have you visited through freestyle and where do you want to go?
The first foreign freestyle football tournament I participated in was Lubasz Freestyle Night in Poland. Then came the Czech Republic, where I participated twice in the World Cup, Spain and Germany. You often take these trips abroad with other freestylers and that is what makes it so special. I had many other trips planned for this year, but I am afraid that the corona crisis will throw a spanner in the works. I would love to take a train trip through Scandinavia and backpacking in Asia, of course with my ball! Hopefully this will be possible soon.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years with Freestyling / what would you like to achieve?
The most important thing I find fun with freestyle. As long as this is there, I will do everything I can to train as hard as possible and make as many memories as possible with cool people. And if I could ever become Dutch or World Champion, that would be great!
What is the coolest freestyle event you attended?
Superball. I think that is the only correct answer. 500 freestylers from all over the world meet in Prague for the World Championship. Not much can compete with that …
Who was / was your example when you were small, so you started freestyling?
Jano Calor, the technical trainer of the football school where I regularly came, was the first freestyler I came into contact with and inspired me to freestyle. Furthermore, I have never really had an “example”. I do have freestylers that I really appreciate, like Kosuke, Kazane and Yo from Japan, or Andrew from England. These are freestylers who inspire me. I can also get a lot of motivation from other urban sports, such as break (break dance). The energy of the dancers is really next level and we can also use some moves in our freestyle sets!
What does a day in life look like to you?
Because I have a gap year and will only be studying next year, I have plenty of time for freestyle football. I get up around 7:30 am and have breakfast with oatmeal, fruits, seeds and nuts. Then I take an hour to learn Spanish. Then my first freestyle training of about two hours starts. Then I have lunch and I have the afternoon to respond to emails, give a freestyle football lesson at a primary school or edit a video or photo for my instagram (@baileyfreestyle). Then I pick a recipe and start cooking. In the evening a second training of about an hour and finally resting on the couch. That’s it!
What are you looking forward to in the upcoming period?
The virus is now just as chaos. Almost all assignments that I would have in the coming period have been canceled. It is also unclear whether planned competitions such as the NK and WK will take place. Let’s see … Fingers crossed!