This week we have another interview planned, this time with the English legend Jack Downer AKA Street Panna. Jack has worked hard to get where he is today. Curious about his adventure? Read on soon!
Jack! What a pleasure to do an interview with you! We know you’re one of the hardest working ballers in the game. How do you manage to keep up the discipline, even in lockdown?
Thank you firstly! Pleasure is mine- it’s not hard for me to keep discipline and in fact I have been fortunate enough to find a lot of pleasure in lockdown, despite the numerous inconveniences! This is because I can train every day for as long as I want, it is like when I was a kid again, without work! Haha there is nothing I want to do more than improve in every aspect of my life each day, and the aspect I love the most is Panna.
What was the moment you fell in love with street football?
The first time I got given a Panna, it was like a fire started where I needed to get revenge haha. Not in a personal way, but I was amazed to experience this whole world. I thought I was good at football but I got destroyed, I needed to master the ball in that way, and it’s such a fun process to try and do so!
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Without a doubt my Dad, I’m inspired by him daily. I’m very fortunate to have the family that I do. My mum took me to my first Panna club, and my dad took me to tournaments abroad, even when we had no money. My dad was a boxer and from early I have always seen him train, his talent inside and outside of sport astounds me and he shows me how to live a good life, I’m proud to be his son and I try to compete to his level with all the knowledge he gives me- he was a world champion. Dad has been unable to attend any Panna tournaments recently as he has been working abroad with travel restrictions, but when he is at the next one I will win no doubt lol.