Colin Nell

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Colin Nell (born 22 February 1985) is an English football freestyler, sport choreographer, actor and sports model.

Early life

Nell was born in Feltham, London, England to an English father[1] Robert Nell (born 1952), a travel agent,[2] and Palestinian/Yemeni mother[3] Nadia Nell (born 1961), a retired secretary.[2]

Nell attended Sayfol International School and Feltham Community College. He has been close friends with athlete Mo Farah since they were children and they would go to mosque together in Feltham every week.[4] Nell and his two siblings attended the same school as Farah.[5]

Career

In 2000, Nell was spotted by Nike executives while displaying his tricks in a Nike promotion at Wembley Stadium, which attracted over 30,000 contestants.[6][7][8][9] Since the age of 17, Nell has had a career as a professional football freestyler,[1] as well as offering motivational performer and skills and coaching workshops.[10]

Nell has performed at corporate events, promotional events, product launches and interactive live spectator events. He has appeared and choreographed[6][7] numerous media campaigns, feature films, music videos and live performances on behalf of major sponsors and brands.[8][11][12] As a football choreographer, he has worked with the creative team to assist in developing story boards and concepts concentratating on delivering realism and authenticity. He has worked alongside footballers including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Robinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.[6][7] His shows are renowned for interaction and ability to captivate audience providing a good platform to communicate a corporate message or new product.[6] His reputation as a showcase entertainer has become the freestyle of choice for major sponsors, brands, promotions and high profile events.[8]

He has appeared in television adverts for Nike, Sky[12] and Vodafone as well as making regular appearances on Sky Sports, BBC, ITV and MUTV.[13]

He has doubled for Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos,[12] worked with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho for a Nike advert and performed at half-time at the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.[1]

In 2005, Nell performed all the stunt for the film Goal!.[12] In 2007, he appeared in the music video for Timbaland's "The Way I Are". In 2008, he doubled for Adam Sandler in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. He has also appeared as the Honey Monster in Sugar Puffs adverts.[1] In November 2013, he performed at the Global Peace and Unity Event in London organised by Islam Channel.[11][14]

Nell supports the nationwide No Messin' campaign with Network Rail, warning youngsters against playing on railway lines,[15][16][17][18][19][20][21] along with footballer Stuart Downing and boxer Amir Khan.[22][23]

Personal life

Nell is a Muslim[3] and a Tottenham Hotspur Football Club fan.[12] In April 2010, his younger sister, Tania Nell, married Mo Farah.[5]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Khimji, Ali (January 2011). "Watch This Face - Colin Nell". Emel. http://www.emel.com/article?id=80&a_id=2255. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cohen, David; Freeman, Simon (6 August 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: How a love that went the distance took Mo Farah to the gold medal". London: London Evening Standard. http://www.standard.co.uk/olympics/athletics/london-2012-olympics-how-a-love-that-went-the-distance-took-mo-farah-to-the-gold-medal-8009426.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jamieson, Alastair (3 August 2012). "Fasting for 17 hours: How Muslim Olympians cope". NBC News. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/48479169/ns/world_news-london_2012_hosting_the_games/#.UsnMULRCgSM. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. Linge, Nadine (6 August 2012). "Leap of Faith". Daily Star Sunday. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/265913/Leap-of-Faith. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jones, David (6 August 2012). "Mo's giant strides from war zone into the hearts of the nation: The uplifting story of a champion who succeeded against the odds". Mail Online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2184161/Mo-Farahs-giant-strides-war-zone-hearts-nation.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Colin Nell". UK Football Freestyle. http://www.ukfootballfreestyle.co.uk/colin-nell/4575791242. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Colin Nell". Football Freestyle. http://www.freestyle-football.com/colin-nell-football-freestyler/4580320913. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Colin Nell Speaker". School Speakers. http://www.schoolspeakers.co.uk/speaker-listings/colin-nell-speaker. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  9. "Football Freestyler Colin". Scarlett Entertainment. http://www.scarlettentertainment.com/corporate/exhibitions/2236-football-freestyler-colin. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  10. "Colin Nell". Celebrity Appearance. http://www.celebrityappearance.co.uk/sport/colin-nell/. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Colin Nell – UK". Global Peace and Unity. November 2013. http://www.theglobalunity.com/performers/colin-neil/. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "No Messin'! Chillin With Colin Nell". No Messin'!. http://www.uncensoreddesign.co.uk/web-samples/no-messin/new-site-php/chillin_colin-nell.php. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  13. "Colin Nell". Uptown Events. http://www.uptownevents.co.uk/football-tricksters/. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  14. "X Events @ GPU 2010 featuring Colin Nell Muhammad!". X Events. http://www.xevents.org.uk/?page_id=84. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  15. Smith, Kenny (18 November 2009). "Rutherglen schools enjoy visit from free style footballer". Glasgow: Daily Record. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/rutherglen-schools-enjoy-visit-free-2601799. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  16. "Region is hotspot for rail crime". Yorkshire: Yorkshire Post. 10 August 2007. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/region-is-hotspot-for-rail-crime-1-2466654. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  17. "Youngsters on the ball with safety message". The Star. 30 March 2009. http://www.thestar.co.uk/features/youngsters-on-the-ball-with-safety-message-1-277848. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  18. "Coventry Gets The No Messin'! Message". Spaghetti Gazette. 7 August 2008. http://www.spaghettigazetti.com/2008/08/coventry-gets-no-messin-message.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  19. "No Messin’ Footy Skills Web Video Challenge To Tackle Railway Crime". NetworkRail. 4 August 2008. http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/content/detail.aspx?releaseid=3851&newsareaid=2&searchcategoryid=2. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  20. "Essex Kids Give Thumbs Up To No Messin’! Live". NetworkRail. 6 August 2008. http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/content/Detail.aspx?ReleaseID=4572&NewsAreaID=2. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  21. "Colin Nell wows crowds at No-Messin 2009". Sports Talent. 23 July 2009. http://www.sportstalent.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/colin-nell-wows-crowds-at-no-messin.html. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  22. "The low Down in new Liverpool FC winger Stewart". Liverpool: Liverpool Echo. 6 August 2011. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/low-down-new-liverpool-fc-3367090. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  23. "The low Down in new Liverpool FC winger Stewart". Chester: Chester Chronicle. 6 August 2011. http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/low-down-new-liverpool-fc-5189605. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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