A HEADSTAND challenge which started in Bradford has proved a social media sensation during lockdown with people in Australia taking part.

People have been videoing themselves completing a headstand, however good or bad, and uploading them to twitter, with varied results.

It has been created as a fun distraction during the UK-wide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The idea was the brainchild of Bradford City Football Development Programme, which looks after players from the under-15s to 19s age brackets.

It has since caught on with Natasha Graves, director of ND Dance Academy, urging people to take part and record their efforts.

Former Bradford City winger Jamie Lawrence filmed his own headstand today, which he has posted online.

The challenge has even reached Down Under with a youngster posting a video of himself completing a challenge in Ashton, South Australia.

Natasha is the mother of Dylan Graves, now 16, who won a Pride of Britain award who suffered a broken back while saving the life of his friend in 2016.

Dylan suffered two broken vertebrae, a fractured pelvis and a bruised lung when he was hit by a car and trapped between it and a fence in January 2016, aged 12.

He pushed his friend James Yeadon to safety and bore the impact of the Vauxhall Vectra himself, as it rolled down a hill in Rowantree Avenue, Thorpe Edge,

Dylan has been training with the Elite Development Squad at City, which is linked with the club’s academy.

The talented teen from Thorpe Edge was due to sit his GCSEs this summer but is now self-isolating at home with his mother before taking his scholarship with City's Football Development Programme in September.

He even took part in the challenge, as did Ossett United player Tom Greaves.

Natasha said: "It's a way for people to keep moving and having fun. It's not all doom and gloom.

"We want to see the bad ones too.

"It's gone viral, we've got celebrities doing it. It's absolutely fantastic.

"We came up with it earlier this week. It's a bit of lighthearted humour.

"Whoever does the best one will win a trophy. It's really something to boost people's mental health.

"It's getting people to have a laugh. It's a scary time.

"It started out with a What's App group among the City programme but has developed since."

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To take part and join in the fun people should film themselves completing a handstand, however good or bad, and and tag Natasha @dylanz1and @BCAFC_FDP on twitter.