Verge Talks Freestyle Football with Harriet Pavlou

Could you tell us a little about how you got into freestyle football?

Prior to freestyle. I already had a background playing for England youth and Arsenal ladies centre of excellence. I also played at the Charlton Athletic football academy. So my background was strong with my footwork but I did give it up because while being in the academy my A-levels were really bad as my timetable was so dedicated to training I missed important academic lessons. So I left early to to fix my A-levels and go to university’s and became a PE teacher, as women’s football didn’t have enough certainty career wise back in the day. However I missed playing football and Freestyler jumped at me from social media. I watched some videos online, and told myself I can do that, and so I did. I’m the type who will train until I’ve got the trick I want to learn then move on. I never give up.

 

What’s been your proudest moment so far?

In freestyle football it was performing at the Etihad stadium at the half time match for Man City v Tottenham. Can you imagine the crowds watching me, were the same crowds that watched the men’s game! My performance was on the big screen too.

 

What’s a typical day in the life of Harriet Pavlou?

First off being a Christian, I pray and commit the day to God. Then I will check social media, respond to emails, campaigns etc then I spend the afternoon training for 2-3 hours if I get the chance. I think it’s important to be consistent in training . Even if you only do an hour so long as your consistent you can improve.

 

Can you tell us about some of the freestylers you admire / look up to?

Haha! I think I am my own biggest fan! I am not sure I have a favourite! I think the F2 are legends tho because they are original.

Right now with the World Cup on I look up to female ballers like Alex Morgan and Marta cause they play with passion. I want to use that passion in freestyle football and train hard and work hard to be the best I can be, and I know that’s going to be huge!

 

Do you feel like the freestyle football movement is on the rise? Where do you see it going from here?

I actually do. Each year it’s getting more popular, especially with the younger generation.I hope that it can be an Olympic sport one day and even get more television recognition. The skills and tricks people to take years and it should be celebrated more like on TV or the Olympics.

 

Do you have any advice for people who want to start freestyle football/ improve their freestyle skills?

Yes, make sure you can juggle the ball with confidence and learn the basics and just keep adding to it! Also don’t give up.

 

What do you have coming up in 2019 and beyond?

The futures bright! The futures Harriet ❤️!