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Five minutes with ... a man combining football, gymnastics and break dancing

Sharon Barnard talks to Guinness World Record holder pro freestyle footballer Daniel Cutting about his faith and his footy skills ...

What is football freestyle exactly?

It’s the art of using a football to do amazing tricks and skills. I like to include gymnastics and break dancing moves into my performances to make it more entertaining.

How do you use it to introduce people to the Christian faith?

I believe that God has given me a gift, like he gives everyone gifts. As I primarily work within the secular scene I am not always able to be explicit about my faith, but I still love to talk about the talent I’ve been given and how I want to use it to the best of my ability. When performing at Christian events,

I can talk about how I’m using my gift to fulfil God’s purpose in my life.

How did you come to faith yourself?

I became a Christian when I was six years old. I prayed a prayer with my Mum. I’m not sure I knew exactly what I was doing at the time, but I knew it was right, and it turns out it was the best decision I ever made.

What are some of the challenges of freestyling?

It takes a lot of practice to get to the top level of any sport.

I do gym work three or four times a week and practise my skills every day. Training for World Record titles is something I have been particularly committed to. I now have four Guinness World Records! There are also challenges to keep going when work doesn’t seem to be coming in, and having faith that God will keep providing for my needs.

Where has your freestyling career taken you?

I have performed at corporate gigs, on commercials, at promotional events, weddings, schools, festivals and have worked with some of the biggest companies in the world like Sky, Adidas, Coca Cola and performed in over 15 countries.

I performed at the FA Cup Final at Wembley this year. Unfortunately, Arsenal weren’t there, but I still got to enjoy the game after I have finished my shows.

Interview by Sharon Barnard

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