Thousands of shoppers enjoyed a week of ‘Football Frenzy’ ahead of the World Cup at the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.

Self-taught football freestyler, Patrik Kanik, 22, wowed shoppers with his  moves including crossovers and ‘hop the world’, using  his feet, head, back and  shoulders.

Patrik, who has been freestyling for five years, also led a number of masterclasses in which shoppers learnt a few football tricks  themselves.

Ben Smith, 13, from Alun School, Mold, said: “It’s  really hard but Patrik taught me and my friends some really good tricks!”

Shoppers relaxed, caught up on the latest and sports  news in the shopping  centre’s ‘man crèche’, and sampled a variety of tasters  from local beer makers Tatton Brewery, who launched their World Cup ale Tatton Tackle.

Shopper David Blow, from Wilmslow, said: “What a nice surprise, we’ve come into Chester for a spot of shopping and got to sample some fantastic local beers. I think the blonde ale is my favourite!”   

Kids and grown-ups alike  also enjoyed free use of table football, courtesy of men’s fashion retailer, Jack  Jones.    

Grosvenor Shopping  Centre manager, Julie  Webb, said: “We’re really looking forward to the launch of the World Cup and Football Frenzy was the perfect way show our support and enthusiasm for it.

“Patrik’s demos  and masterclasses were  fantastic, I think he’s certainly inspired a few young  lads to practise their football skills and made some  grown men jealous as well!

“Our ‘man crèche’ went  down a storm too, there  was some fierce competitiveness over the table football and shoppers loved Tatton Brewery’s beer tasters.”

Catholic High School pupils Kieron Hymes, 15 (left), and Callum Mongan, 14 (right) with football freestyler Patrik Kanik (centre)
 

The shopping centre is  also collating data from  their interactive quiz, in  which shoppers answered  England versus Italy questions and taste-tested cheddar and chutney versus  Italian chicken and mozzarella sandwiches, Patisserie Valerie’s scones  versus Tiramisu and tea  versus espresso courtesy of  Costa Coffee.

Julie added: “We’re really  excited to find out the results from our survey, it will  be interesting to find out  whether people truly favour  their English roots or  prefer a bit of Italian passion.”

Shoppers can still take the England versus Italy patriotism test via Grosvenor Shopping Centre’s Facebook page.