New Mamba ball product – designed in NI – perfect for freestylers and those with designs on improving their technical skills will bring some a touch of Samba to soccer
Football fans could be ‘bending it like Beckham’ this Christmas thanks to a new type of ball – produced by an innovative firm from County Antrim – which is poised to become a global sensation.
The Mamba ball – which is launched this week – is specially designed to improve the skills of everyone from top professionals to playground players.
The bright yellow ball has three layers – an inner bladder, a nylon weave and a rubber skin – with expertly-created grip zones on its surface. That makes the FIFA- sized and weighted Mamba ball perfect for tricks and keepy-ups and also as a training asset for players practising with their team – or just in a backyard kickabout.
Scientifically tested at The University of Sheffield and trialled at Liverpool Academy, it has also been proven to help the accuracy of shots and enhance bending of the ball by 10%.
The new concept is the brainchild of Stephen Maher and Brian Lavery from innovative Antrim company LMInnov8s. Stephen Maher said: “The Mamba has been designed as a close contact training football, giving you the ability to be more creative, confident and improve your all-round football skills.
“We’re excited about the potential of this new product – we’ve already had interest from the US, Brazil, Mexico, Kuwait, Quatar, United Arab Emirates, Norway, France, Germany, Australia, Indonesia and Britain in pre-ordering it.
“This new ball could be a key tool in developing young players’ basic skills; enabling them, in time, to play more like the South Americans.
“It may also be part of the solution to the age-old problem of improving skills and technique in the UK and Irish game.
“And of course, I hope that it will encourage more people to get out, give it a go and be active.”
The Mamba ball has been endorsed by some of the world’s best known F2 freestylers – athletes who perform jaw-dropping skills and tricks with the ball.
They have a huge worldwide social media following and have featured in the promotional video and skills’ tutorials for Mamba Ball, filmed in a London soccer dome.
Top ten European freestyler Jamie Knight from Belfast, is a brand ambassador for the Mamba ball. He will be performing his skills and routines at two Belfast venues in the run up to Christmas.
He said: “I realised I was good at football skills as a child and discovered freestyle football at the age of 16. Since then I have trained for around three hours a day to perfect my skills.
“I’ve competed and performed at venues in France Turkey Belgium Malta and the Czech Republic – as well as in the UK.
“Whether you are a freestyler a footballer or just enjoy a kickabout in your back garden the unique Mamba grip makes skills easier to control, helping you to learn and perfect tricks more easily.”
Watch the amazing F2 freestylers demo the Mamba ball.