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Birmingham goes keepy-up crazy!
Around the Academy:

Abbas in action in Birmingham
Abbas was one of the stars impressing the crowds
If there's one thing Birmingham loves, it's the Sport Academy's Keepy-Up for the Cup competition.

The Academy bandwagon rolled into Chamberlain Square on Saturday to see what the city's top ball magicians had to offer.

Watch some of the top performers in Birmingham:

The BBC Big Screen was there to show off all the tricksters in action on a giant television - and there were certainly more than a few sights to behold.

Rob in action in Birmingham
Rob does his best seal impression

As well as showing off their best skills, our keepy-up hopefuls had the opportunity to learn a few new ones from expert Rob Walters.

Rob appeared as Ronaldo's body double in a Nike television advert, so he's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

Everyone, from young and old, male and female came to give us their best 30-seconds of footy magic in front of our camera.

There was plenty of international interest, including entrants from Algeria, Ecuador and Iraq.

It's hardly surprising considering the prize on offer - FA Cup final tickets and the chance to appear on BBC's Football Focus.

And there was plenty of encouragement from Radio WM DJ Tom Manners and mascot Wonder Moose too, despite the freezing cold weather!

Birmingham was the second stop on the Academy tour, Manchester dazzled us with their skills on our first stop.

Watch some of the top performers in Manchester:

Keep watching this space to watch the Birmingham hopefuls in action, as well as details for our final destination, Liverpool on March 12.


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