During the late 70's and 80's my friends and I spent almost every minute of our spare time playing and competing with our ADIDAS Tango brightly coloured footballs. Whether the challenges were KeepUp scores or slam against a lamp post, we were outside, safe and active. The years we spent together bonded friendships that have lasted over forty years.
My children like many have fallen prey to modern technology. The KeepUp idea came about whilst walking and talking to a good friend about the frustrations we have with our children spending too much time indoors on their technology. Our goal became to combine technology and KeepUps to build a philanthropic business around all children having fun on their own, with friends, siblings and parents.
The journey from idea to now has been full of ups and downs, my friend and I together built a relationship with World Freestyle Champion and multiple Guinness World record holder John Farnworth. We had meetings with technology companies, accountants, solicitors, franchise experts. We introduced a Digital Marketing Agency into our business to develop a KeepUp app. We met with the regional and National FA, The Youth Sports Trust, local Football Clubs and many other people and organisations we thought might be able to help. We held training days for licences, Keep Up competitions, Freestyle Courses for Sports Students in Preston (UCLAN & Myerscough) and ran a very successful KeepUp league pilot in six Preston primary schools. We even launched a KeepUp Freestyle Coaching franchise with Challenger Sports in conjunction with Premier Football Coaching in Wilmslow. We have been busy spreading the word which when we achieve a significant break through will hopefully enable us to return to the people/organisations we have dealt with and begin to raise significant funds for deserving charities.
I practised KeepUps with both my boys. We all had a lot of fun, at times there were tears of frustration but these are soon replaced with smiles and howls of joy when new records are created. I spent time filming my boys and having fun putting together short video's, together as father and son we spent quality time together outside and in achieving something small but great. Lasting memories. I hope that by putting together this website and promoting the KeepUp Club that many other children, coaches, teachers and parents around the world can have fun together, achieve something special and create lasting memories.