As well as providing Freestyle Football Workshops for schools throughout the UK, we regularly travel further afield. And often much further afield! One such trip took place at the start of January. Jamie travelled to Mumbai in India to work with seven schools from the Podar Schools Network.
Throughout the two weeks Jamie was in India, he worked with thousands of students, showcasing his skills and teaching them all about the art of freestyle football. On one day alone, Jamie worked with 3,000 students of all ages.
The workshops were incredibly popular and even generated interest in the media. Take a look at this article in the The Times of India here.
Jamie considered it a huge privilege to be able to work with so many students on the trip: “I am lucky enough to be able to work with so many young people each and every day. But I have to say, I have never experienced anything quite like the trip to Mumbai. Each day I was greeted by so many smiling faces, all of whom were thrilled to learn more about freestyle football. The Podar School Netwrok is an incredible organisation and I feel lucky to be able to play a small part in the amazing experiences they provide for their students.”
Jamie will return to India later in the year
The trip went so well that Jamie has already been invited back to visit a further 15 schools in the network in October this year. And, you don’t just have to take our word for how successful the trip and the workshops were. Here’s what Harsh Podar, one of the Directors of the school network, had to say about our Freestyle Football Workshops:
“I met Jamie Knight at a conference in January 2020 and after numerous delays caused due to COVID, we finally managed to get Jamie to visit some of our schools in Mumbai, India, in January 2023. The experience for the students was beyond what I could imagine. All the students, as well as the staff, were truly enthralled by the tricks demonstrated by Jamie. Also, Jamie’s life story and his ‘never give up’ attitude were great lessons for all the students. Jamie was great with all the students and immediately established a connection with them. Even though his one week itinerary in India was very hectic, as we wanted Jamie to interact with as many students and schools as possible during his visit, Jamie never complained and was a delight for our school team to work with. We cannot wait to welcome him back later this year.”
If you’d like Jamie to visit your international school, you can find out more here.