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New Mills gym instructor teaches Rooney to box

New Mills martial arts instuctor Jonathan Santry teaches Wayne Rooney how to box, in a behind the scenes shot from the recent Samsung Galaxy ad. Credit: Wayne Rooney's Facebook page.

New Mills martial arts instuctor Jonathan Santry teaches Wayne Rooney how to box, in a behind the scenes shot from the recent Samsung Galaxy ad. Credit: Wayne Rooney's Facebook page.

A New Mills fitness instructor has starred in a television advert alongside Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jonathan Santry taught Rooney some boxing tips and choreographed some sparring for the latest Samsung Galaxy 11 phone campaign.

The 35-year-old is portrayed in the advert as the Manchester United player’s boxing trainer and is seen leaning on the ropes to the ring in a black hoody.

The commercial, entitled Football Saves the Day, focuses around a bid to save Earth from alien domination by building a team made up of the world’s best players.

Jonathan, who teaches kickboxing, jujitsu and tai chi, said it relatively easy working with the Premier League footballer as he had boxed before and that his sparring partner was professional super middleweight Paul Smith.

He said: “It was brilliant but I was responsible for the safety of the shoot, which was a bit nerve-wracking. I definitely felt under pressure as if Wayne had got injured I think I would have been in a lot of trouble!”

The founder of New Mills Martial Arts added: “It was fantastic to meet him. I’ve always been a massive fan. Wayne was really friendly, professional and laid back.

“It was a long day though, over 12 hours because they want to do every shot from every angle and they have to get the lighting just right.

“It’s a pity that they cut down the original so much. I understand why they did but there was some good stuff. You saw Wayne sparring and getting more and more annoyed.

“Then he got the call from Franz Beckenbauer inviting him to join the dream team and you saw his partner looking relived. It was funny.”

Jonathan’s colleague at the Church Road gym, Tom Piert, also features in the advert as an extra, training with a punchbag in the background.

Jonathan, who took up martial arts aged eight and became a second dan in karate at 15, has competed at an international level in kickboxing but said he would definitely like to do more TV work.

 

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